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OverDrive eBook and eAudioBook Collection: Home

Learn how to access and use the library's eBook collection on OverDrive.

OverDrive eBooks

OverDrive eBook Collection

OverDrive eBook and eAudioBook Collection

OverDrive

OverDrive is a popular eBook service used by libraries across the U.S. and around the world.  Through it, you can access library collections to borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks for reading on a variety of devices.

 

The Basler Library has a growing collection available on OverDrive for students, faculty and staff.  In this collection, you will find mainly fiction, but also some popular nonfiction.

 

Choose a tab based on what you plan to use for reading your books to get started today!  You can also find information about the public library collection available to all public library card holders in Tennessee - R.E.A.D.S.

 

If you have any questions or need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact your friendly librarians!

Read books on phones and tablets!

OverDrive App

The App

To get started, visit your App store (GooglePlay, Apple App Store, etc.) to find and download the OverDrive App. 

 

The first time you open your app, you will be prompted to Sign Up or Sign In.  Choose Sign Up.

  1. Enter your details (name, email, and password) below the Facebook Option.  Do not choose to Sign up using library card.
  2. This creates your OverDrive account.  You will only use this login information for the App, not for borrowing books.  Keep a record of your information in case you want to use the app on a different device, or if you need to reinstall it on your current device.

 

Accessing the Collection

  1. Click on the Add a library box in the app.  If it is not on the main page of the app, you can access it through the menu icon in the upper left of the app.
  2. Search by name (Northeast State Community College), zip code (37617) or city (Blountville, TN).  You will end up selecting Northeast State twice.
  3. You should now be on the homepage for our collection.

 

Your Account

  1. The first time you use the collection, click on the person icon to access your account.
  2. Sign in using the same credentials you use to log in to computers on campus.
  3. Click on Setting on the right side.
  4. The default lending period is 21 days.  You can select 7, 14, or 21 days, based on your own preference.  By doing this first the first time you use it, you will get your books for the length of time you want.  It will stay at what you select unless you change it again in your settings.
  5. Click on the Northeast State icon in the top left corner when you have completed customizing your settings.

 

Searching the Collection

  1. You can browse through the collections in the bar at the top, as well as in the groups pictured on the page.
  2. There is also a search bar at the top you can use.
  3. The Advanced Search option allows you to filter your search by a variety of criteria, including subjects.

 

Borrowing Books

  1. Once you have found a book you would like to read or learn more about, click on the picture of the cover.  You will be given the option to borrow, sample, and bookmark (save) the title.  You can access more information about the book by scrolling down.
  2. Clicking on Borrow will automatically check the book out to you if you are logged in.  If you are not logged in, you will be prompted for your credentials.
  3. You can have up to ten books checked out at any time.
  4. If a book you want is already loaned, you are given the option to Place a Hold instead of Borrow.  You will be prompted to sign in if you aren't, and for an email address that will be used to notify you when the book is available.  When the book is available, you will be given two days to check it out, or the hold will be passed on to the next person in line and you will be placed back in line for the next available copy.

 

Downloading Books

  1. When you borrow a book, you will be prompted to go to the Checkouts page.  You can either go now, or decline and continue browsing.  If you continue browsing, you can access your Checkouts page by clicking on your Account icon.
  2. Click on the Download button, and choose the correct format for your item.
  3. Click on Confirm & add to app.
  4. A box will pop up saying Adding to App while the book downloads.

 

Reading eBooks

  1. Once you have finished downloading everything you want, click on the menu icon in the upper left of the app, and choose Bookshelf.
  2. Click on the cover of the book you would like to read, and enjoy!
  3. You can also use the Add a Title box to find more books in the collection.
  4. Swipe or press on the edge of the screen to turn pages.
  5. Tapping in the center area of the screen will bring up options at the bottom for font, layout, brightness, color scheme, and a link to the table of contents and bookmarks in the upper right corner.  Clicking again in the middle of the screen will close these options.

 

Listening to eAudioBooks

  1. Once you have finished downloading everything you want, click on the menu icon in the upper left of the app, and choose Bookshelf.
  2. Click on the cover of the book you would like to read, and enjoy!
  3. Use Play/Pause and the Forward and Back buttons to control the audio player.

Returning and Renewing Books

  1. Books will automatically return themselves when the loan period expires, so you never have to worry about late fees. 
  2. You can also return books early.  To do so, you will open your account in OverDrive and view your loans.  There is an option below each checked out item to return,
  3. If you have not finished a book, you have the option to renew it from your OverDrive account page during the last three days of the loan.  If no one has a hold on the title, it will be automatically checked out to you again.  If there are holds, you can place a hold on it instead.

Read books on phones and tablets!

Libby Logo

The App

To get started, visit your App store (GooglePlay, Apple App Store, etc.) to find and download the OverDrive App. 

 

The first time you open your app:

  1. you will be asked whether you have a library card.  Answer Yes.
  2. On the next page, choose I'll Search for a Library.
  3. Type in Northeast State Community College.  Once it pops up, click on it.
  4. Click on Enter Library Account Details.
  5. Enter your username.  This is the same username you use for MyNortheast.
  6. Enter your password.  For students, this is your 6-digit birthdate.  For faculty and staff, this will be the same password you use to log in to your computer.
  7. Click on Sign In.
  8. Once a picture of a card with your username on it pops up, click on next.
  9. You can now search for items to check out and borrow!

Setting up Notifications

  1. Click on the Libby Icon in the upper right corner of the page.  
  2. There should be a message about setting up notifications.
  3. Clicking on it will prompt the settings on your device to ask you if you would like to allow notifications from Libby.  Allow if you would like to.
  4. Click on Manage Notifications in the message.
  5. Choose the events you would like notifications about, and how you would like to be notified.  An explanation of the types of notifications is found at the bottom.
  6. You can change your selections at any time by clicking on the same Libby icon and selecting Manage Notifications.

Setting Preferences

  1. At the top of the Library page is a plus sign in a circle next to the word Preferences.  Click on the word or the symbol.
  2. You have the option of setting the format of books that will be shown to you, the language, audience, and availability.  You can also  determine how they are sorted.
  3. Change as much or as little as you would like to suit your searching preferences.
  4. When you are done, click on Apply Preferences.

Shelf

  1. The shelf holds all of the items you have checked out, as well as a list of the items you have on hold.
  2. For checked out items and holds, you can access all of the actions that you can perform, as well as see the amount of time left for your loans and the approximate wait time for your holds.

Library

  1. This button takes you back to the Northeast State Library OverDrive page where you can search for ad borrow items.
  2. It generally takes you to the last page you were on.

Middle Button

  1. This is the button for what you are currently reading.  Once you are reading something, it should show part of the cover of the book.
  2. Press it to take you to where you are currently reading in your book.

 

Searching the Collection

  1. You can browse through the collections using the Explore button in the bar at the top, as well as in the groups pictured on the page.
  2. There is also a search button at the top you can use.  The More Options button allows you to filter your search by a variety of criteria, including subjects.

 

Borrowing Books

  1. Once you have found a book you would like to read or learn more about, click on the picture of the cover.  You will be given the option to borrow, sample, and tag the title.  You can access more information about the book by scrolling down.
  2. Clicking on Borrow will tell you how many copies are owned and if it is available, as well as give you the option to check it out.
  3. You can have up to ten books checked out at any time.
  4. If a book you want is already loaned, you are given the option to Place a Hold instead of Borrow.  When the book is available, you will be given two days to check it out, or the hold will be passed on to the next person in line and you will be placed back in line for the next available copy.

 

Downloading Books

  1. When you borrow a book, it is automatically downloaded for you when you are connected to Wi-Fi.  
  2. You can delete a book from your device to save room by clicking on the checkmark icon on the loan on your Shelf.  If you do this, you will only be able to read the book while you are online.
  3. You can change your download rules by clicking on the checkmark icon of a downloaded book.

 

Reading eBooks

  1. Once you have checked out a book, click on Shelf at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click on Open Book next to the book you would like to read.
  3. Enjoy your book!
  4. Swipe or press on the edge of the screen to turn pages.
  5. Tapping in the center area of the screen will bring up options at the bottom for font, layout, brightness, color scheme, and a link to the table of contents and bookmarks in the upper right corner.  Clicking again in the middle of the screen will close these options.  Clicking on back will take you back to your Shelf.

 

Listening to eAudioBooks

  1. Once you have checked out a book, click on Shelf at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click on Open Audiobook next to the book you would like to listen to.
  3. Enjoy your book!
  4. Use Play/Pause and the Forward and Back buttons to control the audio player.
  5. Tools, such as a sleep timer and bookmarks, are available at the top, and the Back button will take you back to your Shelf.

 

Returning and Renewing Books

  1. Books will automatically return themselves when the loan period expires, so you never have to worry about late fees. 
  2. You can also return books early.  To do so, go to your Shelf.  Find the book you would like to return and click on Manage Loan.  Choose Return Early, then verify by clicking on Return.
  3. If you have not finished a book, you have the option to renew it from Manage Loan in your Shelf during the last three days of the loan.  If no one has a hold on the title, it will be automatically checked out to you again.  If there are holds, you can place a hold on it instead.

 

Read books on your Kindle or Kindle app!

Kindle

 

Accessing the Collection

Visit the library's OverDrive page at http://northeaststate.lib.overdrive.com.

 

Your Account

  1. The first time you use the collection, click on the person icon to access your account.
  2. Sign in using the same credentials you use to log in to computers on campus.
  3. Click on Setting on the right side.
  4. The default lending period is 21 days.  You can select 7, 14, or 21 days, based on your own preference.  By doing this first the first time you use it, you will get your books for the length of time you want.  It will stay at what you select unless you change it again in your settings.
  5. Click on the Northeast State icon in the top left corner when you have completed customizing your settings.

 

Searching the Collection

  1. You can browse through the collections in the bar at the top, as well as in the groups pictured on the page.
  2. There is also a search bar at the top you can use.
  3. The Advanced Search option allows you to filter your search by a variety of criteria, including subjects.

 

Borrowing Books

  1. Once you have found a book you would like to read or learn more about, click on the picture of the cover.  You will be given the option to borrow, sample, and bookmark (save) the title.  You can access more information about the book by scrolling down.
  2. Clicking on Borrow will automatically check the book out to you if you are logged in.  If you are not logged in, you will be prompted for your credentials.
  3. You can have up to ten books checked out at any time.
  4. If a book you want is already loaned, you are given the option to Place a Hold instead of Borrow.  You will be prompted to sign in if you aren't, and for an email address that will be used to notify you when the book is available.  When the book is available, you will be given two days to check it out, or the hold will be passed on to the next person in line and you will be placed back in line for the next available copy.

 

Downloading Books

  1. When you borrow a book, you will be prompted to go to the Checkouts page.  You can either go now, or decline and continue browsing.  If you continue browsing, you can access your Checkouts page by clicking on your Account icon.
  2. Click on the Download button, and choose Kindle Book.
  3. Click on Confirm & get Kindle Book.
  4. You will be redirected to Amazon.  If you are logged in to Amazon, you will be given the option to choose which device to send the book to.  Otherwise, you will need to log in first, and then send the book to your device.

 

 

Returning and Renewing Books

  1. Books will automatically return themselves when the loan period expires, so you never have to worry about late fees. 
  2. You can also return books early.  To do so, you will open your account in OverDrive and view your loans.  There is an option below each checked out item to return,
  3. If you have not finished a book, you have the option to renew it from your OverDrive account page during the last three days of the loan.  If no one has a hold on the title, it will be automatically checked out to you again.  If there are holds, you can place a hold on it instead.

Read books on your computer and eBook readers

Adobe Digital Editions

Accessing the Collection

Visit the library's OverDrive page at http://northeaststate.lib.overdrive.com.

 

Your Account

  1. The first time you use the collection, click on the person icon to access your account.
  2. Sign in using the same credentials you use to log in to computers on campus.
  3. Click on Setting on the right side.
  4. The default lending period is 21 days.  You can select 7, 14, or 21 days, based on your own preference.  By doing this first the first time you use it, you will get your books for the length of time you want.  It will stay at what you select unless you change it again in your settings.
  5. Click on the Northeast State icon in the top left corner when you have completed customizing your settings.

 

Searching the Collection

  1. You can browse through the collections in the bar at the top, as well as in the groups pictured on the page.
  2. There is also a search bar at the top you can use.
  3. The Advanced Search option allows you to filter your search by a variety of criteria, including subjects.

 

Borrowing Books

  1. Once you have found a book you would like to read or learn more about, click on the picture of the cover.  You will be given the option to borrow, sample, and bookmark (save) the title.  You can access more information about the book by scrolling down.
  2. Clicking on Borrow will automatically check the book out to you if you are logged in.  If you are not logged in, you will be prompted for your credentials.
  3. You can have up to ten books checked out at any time.
  4. If a book you want is already loaned, you are given the option to Place a Hold instead of Borrow.  You will be prompted to sign in if you aren't, and for an email address that will be used to notify you when the book is available.  When the book is available, you will be given two days to check it out, or the hold will be passed on to the next person in line and you will be placed back in line for the next available copy.

 

Adobe Digital Editions and the Adobe ID

  1. In order to read books on your computer, or to transfer them to eBook readers (other than Kindle or tablets using apps), you will need to use a program called Adobe Digital Editions.  You can download it here.
  2. Click on Help and Authorize Computer.  If you already have an Adobe ID, you can enter the information here.  Otherwise, you can click on the link to Create an Adobe ID, and then enter the information after creating it.

 

Downloading Books

  1. When you borrow a book, you will be prompted to go to the Checkouts page.  You can either go now, or decline and continue browsing.  If you continue browsing, you can access your Checkouts page by clicking on your Account icon.
  2. Click on the Download button, and choose Epub Book.
  3. Click on Confirm Download.
  4. When prompted, choose to open with Adobe Digital Editions.

 

Reading Books

You can read books directly form your checkout page in Overdrive, or from Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.  Or, you can transfer them to an eBook reader.

  1. To transfer, you will need to connect the reader to your computer and wait for it to be recognized by Adobe Digital Editions. 
  2. Once your eBook reader shows up in the menu on the left, you can transfer books by right clicking on the picture of the book and selecting to transfer it to a device.  Choose the device, and it will then put a copy of the book on your reader.  You can also drag and drop the book to the device.

 

Returning and Renewing Books

  1. Books will automatically return themselves when the loan period expires, so you never have to worry about late fees. 
  2. You can return books early from Adobe Digital Editions by right clicking on the picture of the book and selecting Return Borrowed Item.  You can also return them early from your Loans page in OverDrive.
  3. If you have not finished a book, you have the option to renew it from your OverDrive account during the last three days of the loan.  If no one has a hold on the title, it will be automatically checked out to you again.  If there are holds, you can place a hold on it instead.

Listen to eAudiobooks on MP3 Players and iPods!

Overdrive Media Console

 

Accessing the Collection

Visit the library's OverDrive page at http://northeaststate.lib.overdrive.com.

 

Your Account

  1. The first time you use the collection, click on the person icon to access your account.
  2. Sign in using the same credentials you use to log in to computers on campus.
  3. Click on Setting on the right side.
  4. The default lending period is 21 days.  You can select 7, 14, or 21 days, based on your own preference.  By doing this first the first time you use it, you will get your books for the length of time you want.  It will stay at what you select unless you change it again in your settings.
  5. Click on the Northeast State icon in the top left corner when you have completed customizing your settings.

 

Searching the Collection

  1. You can browse through the collections in the bar at the top, as well as in the groups pictured on the page.
  2. There is also a search bar at the top you can use.
  3. The Advanced Search option allows you to filter your search by a variety of criteria, including subjects.

 

Borrowing Books

  1. Once you have found a book you would like to read or learn more about, click on the picture of the cover.  You will be given the option to borrow, sample, and bookmark (save) the title.  You can access more information about the book by scrolling down.
  2. Clicking on Borrow will automatically check the book out to you if you are logged in.  If you are not logged in, you will be prompted for your credentials.
  3. You can have up to ten books checked out at any time.
  4. If a book you want is already loaned, you are given the option to Place a Hold instead of Borrow.  You will be prompted to sign in if you aren't, and for an email address that will be used to notify you when the book is available.  When the book is available, you will be given two days to check it out, or the hold will be passed on to the next person in line and you will be placed back in line for the next available copy.

OverDrive for Windows

  1. Download OverDrive for Windows here.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Download for Windows Desktop. 
  2. Install the program.

Downloading and Transferring Books to MP3 Players

  1. After checking out a book, select to download the MP3 while on your computer.  
  2. If prompted, select Yes to create a new folder.
  3. Make sure all parts of the book are selected and click on Download.
  4. Connect your device to your computer via USB.
  5. Highlight the book you want to transfer to the device and click on transfer.
  6. Choose the device you are transferring it to and click next.

Downloading and Transferring Books to iPods

  1. The first time you transfer a book to an iPod, you will need to fix a setting on your device. 
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Connect your iPod to your computer.
  4. Select the Device button near the top-left corner of iTunes.
  5. On the "Summary" screen, check the Manually manage music and videos box (under "Options").
  6. Click Apply
  7. For all other times you want to transfer a book, connect your iPod and open iTunes.
  8. After checking out a book, select to download the MP3 while on your computer.  
  9. If prompted, select Yes to create a new folder.
  10. Make sure all parts of the book are selected and click on Download.
  11. Highlight the book you want to transfer to the iPod and click on transfer.
  12. Choose the device you are transferring it to and click next.
  13. You should be able to find your Audiobook on your iPod under Music - Albums.

 

Returning and Renewing Books

  1. Books will automatically return themselves when the loan period expires, so you never have to worry about late fees. 
  2. You can return items early from your Loans page in OverDrive, but it will not remove them from your device.
  3. If you have not finished a book, you have the option to renew it from your OverDrive account during the last three days of the loan.  If no one has a hold on the title, it will be automatically checked out to you again.  If there are holds, you can place a hold on it instead.

R.E.A.D.S. on OverDrive

R.E.A.D.S.

What is R.E.A.D.S.?

R.E.A.D.S. is the Regional eBook and Audiobook Download Service, offered to all public library card holders in the state of Tennessee.  It offers a large and continuously growing collection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming videos. 

  • If you already have a library card from a public library, you should have an account.  You can access R.E.A.D.S. at https://reads.overdrive.com/.  If your library card number doesn't work, contact the library to get access.
  • If you don't have a public library card yet, visit your local library and get one today!  You can find a list of the local public libraries with addresses and contact information here.

You can add your R.E.A.D.S. account to your OverDrive App by opening the menu in the upper left and selecting Add a Library.

 

Already using the OverDrive App for R.E.A.D.S.?

You can add Northeast State to your existing app and account.  Just open the menu in the upper left corner, and select Add a Library.

Hours and Information

 

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