Downloading an e-book

How to Check Out E-books from the Library for Your E-reader or Mobile Device

Salem-South Lyon District Library has a growing collection of more than 10,000 e-books titles that you can check out for use on a variety of reading devices, such as the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. E-book borrowing requires a library card and PIN.

These instructions will focus on our downloadable e-books, which are provided to the Library through a service called OverDrive. The process for checking out e-books will be different depending on whether you are using a Kindle e-reader, a Nook or other supported e-reader, or a smart phone or tablet.

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Lending & Availability

E-books checked out from the Library are readable for 7, 14 or 21 days (depending on your account settings.  You may adjust your settings to reflect your needs). You can check-out up to 10 e-books (or digital audio books) at a time. When an item expires, it will be automatically returned and will no longer be viewable on your computer or e-reader. (You may need to manually delete the e-book from your computer or device after it has expired.)

As is the case with physical books, libraries own a limited number of copies of any given e-book. If all copies of the e-book you’re searching for have been checked out, the record will still display, and you can place a hold on it.

Where can I download e-books?

E-books can be downloaded using your home computer or portable, wi-fi-enabled device anywhere inside or outside the Library.

Supported E-readers

Salem-South Lyon District Library’s OverDrive collection, which currently contains Adobe EPUB, and Kindle e-books, is supported by most e-readers and devices.

The following devices work with the Salem-South Lyon District Library’s e-book collection:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Kobo
  • Sony Reader
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (with installation of app)
  • Pandigital Novel
  • Literati Reader

If you have an e-reader or device not listed above, visit OverDrive’s list of all compatible devices to find out whether your device will work with the Library’s e-books.

Checking Out E-books for the Kindle or Kindle App

As of September 2011, the Salem-South Lyon District Library offers Kindle versions of many of its e-books. These e-books work on both the Kindle e-reader and on any mobile device or computer through a Kindle app such as the Kindle Cloud Reader.

As of October 12th, 2012: Borrowing e-books and audiobooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the Kindle Fire as Amazon added the OverDrive Media Console app to the Amazon Apps storefront. This Kindle app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.  

Instructions:

  1. Visit our Digital Media Catalog.
  2. Sign in to view available books.
  3. Type in Salem-South Lyon District Library. 
  4. Enter your Library card number and PIN.
  5. Search for books by genre, author or title. 
  6. When you find a book that is available click the green 'Borrow' button and you will be redirected to your bookshelf.*
  7. Click download, then choose "Kindle Book".  
  8. You will be redirected to Amazon.com. You may be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already logged on. (Sign up for a free account.)
  9. Select the Kindle device or Kindle reading app you'd like to send the book to.
  10. Click the “Get library book” button and sync your device or app to download the book**, or choose to send it directly to your Kindle via USB**.
  11. You may transfer your library e-book to multiple Kindle devices and apps through the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon's website. Click "Action" next to the book you would like to transfer, select "Deliver to my..." and follow steps 6-7.

* If you get a "Place A Hold" message instead of "Borrow", the book you are looking at is currently checked out.  You can place a hold and get a message when it is available. 

** Your device must be connected to a Wi-Fi network to download.  Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Keyboard 3G cannot use 3G connection to download library books (Wi-Fi only).

Using OverDrive on Kindle Fire

You can also download and read e-books using the OverDrive app on Kindle Fire.  This allows you to search for and read books directly in OverDrive without having to go to Amazon to download the books. 

Instructions:

1. Search your device's app store for the Overdrive Media Console app and install it on your device. 
2. After installing the Overdrive Media Console, you will be prompted to create an Overdrive account. DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT.  Instead, select "I am under 13 years of age - CONTINUE".
3. Tap "Get Books," then "Add a Library".  Search for country and state, then for the Salem-South Lyon District Library.  Select "Midwest Collaborative for Library Services" (MCLS). 
4. Search or browse the MCLS catalog for an audiobook.
5. Tap "Borrow" and you will be taken to your bookshelf - a page that contains all of the books you've checked out.
5. Tap "Download," and select the desired format to get the ebook.  Choose the "epub" format for devices that are not Kindle. 
6. To access your ebook, tap the menu button () in the top left of your device and go to Bookshelf. 

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Checking Out E-books for a Nook, Kobo or Other Non-Amazon E-reader

Instructions:

  1. Go to the Library’s Digital Media Catalog and search or browse for an e-book. (Tip: Use "Advanced Search" and search by e-book format.)
  2. Once you've found a book, click "Add to cart," then from your Cart, click "Proceed to Checkout."
  3. Enter your Library card number and PIN
  4. Click “Confirm check out” and click the “Download” button under each e-book.
  5. In the pop-up window that appears, select “Open with: Adobe Digital Editions.”
  6. After ADE launches, connect your e-reader to your computer. In the ADE screen, drag the e-book icon to your e-reader.
  7. Disconnect your e-reader safely. The e-book will return automatically after its lending peroid (7 or 14 days).
  8. You can transfer your library book to multiple e-readers. Repeat steps 8-9 for each e-reader to which you would like to tranfer the e-book.
  9. You can return your e-book early by using the drop-down menu on the book cover icon in ADE.

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Checking Out E-books for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Other Mobile Devices

You can use the Library’s e-books on popular mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPad, Android Phones/Tablets, Blackberry or Windows Phone 7. Computer syncing is not required; e-books can be delivered directly to your device through the free Overdrive Media Console app.

Instructions:

  1. Search your device's app store for the Overdrive Media Console app and install it on your phone. 
  2. After installing the Overdrive Media Console, you will be prompted to create an Overdrive account. DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT.  Instead, select "I am under 13 years of age - CONTINUE".
  3. Tap "Get Books," then "Add a Library".  Search for country and state, then for the Salem-South Lyon District Library.  Select "Midwest Collaborative for Library Services" (MCLS). 
  4. Search or browse the MCLS catalog for an audiobook.
  5. Tap "Borrow" and you will be taken to your bookshelf - a page that contains all of the books you've checked out.
  6. Tap "Download," and select the desired format to get the ebook.  Choose the "epub" format for devices that are not Kindle. 
  7. To access your ebook, tap the menu button () in the top left of your device and go to Bookshelf.