March 19, 2012 by  
Filed under eMaterials, Research, Services

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OverDrive is provided by Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a consortium of 20 Kentucky libraries that gives their patrons 24/7 access to a growing collection of digital media, all of which can be checked out free of charge.

At the end of the lending period, digital checkouts are automatically returned to the library’s catalog, so there are never any late fees. A hold can be placed on the item, and when it becomes available, an email is automatically sent to the person requesting the title.

Card holders can go directly to http://kyunbound.lib.overdrive.com/. There, they can install the necessary free media software, browse the collection and download up to 12 titles at one time.

Boyd County Public Library cardholders have immediate access to a collection of eBooks & eaudiobooks from Kentucky Libraries Unbound!

You may download to your personal computer and can also transfer to selected portable devices. Check here for a list of all compatible devices.

Getting Started
Register Your Device
Kentucky Libraries Unbound Search and Download
Transfer to a Device

Getting Started

In order to download Kentucky Libraries Unbound eBooks to your personal computer, you must have the following:

  • Adobe Digital Editions must be installed on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is available as a free download athttp://www.adobe.com/products/digitaled. The software allows you to download and purchase digital content in the industry standard eBook formats – PDF and EPUB.
  • When you install Adobe Digital Editions, you are prompted to authorize and activate your computer in order to read protected items and transfer them to other computers and portable devices. You must have an Adobe ID to authorize your computer, and you are prompted to get one at no charge during the installation.
  • Important Notes:
    • If you want to transfer eBooks from your computer to a portable device, both the device and the computer must be authorized with the same Adobe ID.
    • If you do not get your no-charge Adobe ID when you install Adobe Digital Editions, you can create an Adobe account and get an Adobe ID at the Adobe Sign In page.   https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm

Searching for and downloading an ebook from Kentucky Libraries Unboundimage

Important Overdrive Notes:

  • Overdrive ebooks are available in epub format (Nook) and Kindle format
  • Overdrive eaudiobooks can only be downloaded to Mac devices in MP3 format — WMA eaudiobooks will not work on your iPod, iPad or iPhone.

There are several ways to search:

  1. Search in the library’s catalog for the subject phrase Overdrive. This will bring up a list of all of the titles in the library’s collection. Searches can be further refined by adding additional keywords.
  2. Search in the library’s catalog for a specific title and click the link labeled Web Site if available.

  3. Search Kentucky Libraries Unbound directly. [Your library card number will be required for you to check out a title.]
    • Select Advanced search on the upper right side of the page under Digital Media Search
    • Select Adobe ePub eBook format or Kindle Book from the Format drop-down menu and enter other search criteria
    • Click Search
    • Choose a title and click add to cart (NOTE: If the title is already checked out you will be only be able to add yourself to the waiting list)
    • Click proceed to checkout
    • Login with Library name [Boyd County] and Library card number
    • Confirm checkout
    • Click Download to save a copy of the book on your computer.

Transfer your eBook to a Portable Device

Step 1. Your eReader device must be registered in order to download ebooks.

Download/Print these instructions [Sony eReader]

Registering the Sony eReader:
You must register your eReader before downloading.

  1. Install the Reader Library Software. Download the Reader Library Software for either a Mac or a PC at:http://ebookstore.sony.com/download/
  2. Click on the Reader Store icon located in the left frame.
  3. Create a Reader Store account or sign in to your existing account.
  4. Connect your Reader Digital Book via provided USB connector to your PC. The Reader will appear in the left frame.
    Note: Reader MUST be turned on and active, not in sleep mode, when connected to PC. For best results it should also be fully charged.
  5. Click on My Account at the top of the page.
  6. Once in your account, page down to bottom of page and go to Manage Devices in the My Authorized Devicessection.
  7. Your Reader will be located here at the bottom under “We have detected the following attached devices”. Click Authorize this device to register your Reader Digital Book with your account.

Download/Print these Instructions [Nook]
Registering the Nook:
You must register your eReader before downloading.

  1. To register the device press Settings and then
  2. Select device on your Nook’s Color Touchscreen to register.
  3. If you do not have a bn.com account, go to www.nook.com/setup to create an account on-line.

Download/Print these Instructions [Kindle]
Registering the Kindle:
You must register your eReader before downloading.

To register or deregister your Kindle:

  1. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the Home button.
  2. Press the Menu button. Make sure that Whispernet is turned on.
  3. Move the 5-way down until “Settings” is underlined and press to select.
  4. Press the 5-way to select “register” or “deregister” from the Settings screen.
  5. If you’re registering Kindle, enter your Amazon.com user name and password (the e-mail address and password associated with your Amazon account) using the keyboard.
  6. Navigate the 5-way to select “OK” to finish the process or “Cancel” to abort.

Tip: If your Amazon user name or password contains characters not present on the Kindle keyboard, press the Symbol key to see a menu of additional characters. You can also register or deregister your Kindle on the Manage Your Kindle page at http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.

Step 2. Transfer to your eReader

Transfer and open a Kentucky Libraries Unbound eBook onto a Sony Reader:
  • After you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer it to a your Sony Reader.
  • Plug your device into a USB port on your computer
  • Look for the device icon in the left hand menu in Adobe Digital Editions
  • Drag the eBook title to the icon.
  • On the Sony eReader touch screen select Books
  • Select the book to begin reading
Transferring and opening a Kentucky Libraries Unbound eBook onto a Nook:

After you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer it to your Nook.

  • Plug your device into your computer.
  • Look for the device icon in the left hand menu in Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Drag the eBook title to the icon.
  • On the Nook touch screen select My Documents .
  • Select the book to begin reading.
Transferring and opening a Kentucky Libraries Unbound eBook/eAudiobook onto an Apple device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch):

Download/Print Full Instructions [iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch]

You will need to install the Overdrive App from the iTunes store onto your device.

Log in to the Overdrive App and follow the on screen instructions.

Transferring and opening a Kentucky Libraries Unbound eBook onto an Amazon.com Kindle:

Download/Print Full Instructions Kindle

Visit the collection of eBooks…

  • Browse and check out a Kindle book.
  • Click the ‘Get for Kindle’ button. This opens the Amazon.com website. You may be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already logged in.
  • Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the ‘Get library book’ button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB.

If you choose to purchase the book from the Kindle Store or check it out again at a later date, all of your notes and highlights will be preserved.

Find out more from Amazon.com.

Transfering via USB to your Kindle.

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Jamie has been working in libraries since her high school days. She holds a double BA, MA and an MLIS. She loves her baby boy, couponing and answering Reference inquires!


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