Kindle How To

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Kindle Classic
Kindle Fire
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Kindle Classic

Check Out A Kindle E-Book

  1. Sign in to your Houston Area Digital Media Catalog account at  http://hadc.lib.overdrive.com/ using a web browser.
    1. Your login is your HPL Library Card number starting with either 22477 or 77422.
  2. Find an e-book you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black book icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Browsing by genre from the top menu. Make sure to limit it to Kindle format books on the side menu. If you want an e-book available immediately, select Available Now under the Show Me... category.
    2. Going to Advanced Search and selecting the genre you wish to browse then the limiters Available Now and Kindle Format. If you are looking for a specific author or title, you can enter that information on this screen. Click Search to view your results.
  3. When you have found the e-book you wish to read, hover your mouse over the book’s cover art and click Borrow to check it out.
  4. Go to your Bookshelf using the My Account icon.
  5. Click on Download, select Kindle Book, then click Confirm & Download.
  6. The Amazon website will appear with your book selection. Click on Get Library Book in the green box on the right hand side.
  7. You will be prompted to sign in to your Amazon account by entering your email address and Amazon password.
  8. After signing in, you will be asked to choose a download location. If you have a Kindle with WiFi, you can send it directly to that Kindle. If your Kindle requires a USB to load books, you will download the book to your computer and transfer it via the USB connection.

Return a Kindle E-Book

  1. Access www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle on a web browser (or choose "Manage Your Content and Devices under "Your Account" after you have logged in).
  2. Log in to your Amazon account.
  3. Click the Actions box next to the title of the book you wish to return.
  4. Select Return this book from the pop up menu.

Kindle Fire

Check Out a Kindle E-Book

  1. Sign in to your Houston Area Digital Media Catalog account at  http://hadc.lib.overdrive.com/ using the Web feature on your Home page.
    1. Your login is your HPL Library Card number starting with either 22477 or 77422.
  2. Find an e-book you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black book icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Browsing by genre from the top menu. Make sure to limit it to Kindle format books on the side menu. If you want an e-book available immediately, select Available Now under the Show Me... category.
    2. Going to Advanced Search and selecting the genre you wish to browse then the limiters Available Now and Kindle Format. If you are looking for a specific author or title, you can enter that information on this screen. Tap Search to view your results.
  3. When you have found the e-book you wish to read, tap the book’s cover art and click Borrow to check it out.
  4. Go to your Bookshelf using the My Account icon.
  5. Tap on Download, select Kindle Book, then click Confirm & Download.
  6. The Amazon website will appear with your book selection. Tap on Get Library Book in the green box on the right hand side.
  7. You will be prompted to sign in to your Amazon account by entering your email address and Amazon password.
  8. After signing in, a page will open where you can select your Kindle Device or Kindle app. Tap on Continue to send the checked out e-book to your Kindle. A message will appear to confirm that the e-book has been delivered to your Kindle.
  9. The item will now appear on the Home page of your Kindle. Tap on the cover to start reading.

Return a Kindle E-Book

  1. Access www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle on the web.
  2. Log in to your Amazon account.
  3. Tap the Actions box next to the title of the book you wish to return.
  4. Select Return this book from the pop up menu.

Check Out an EPUB E-Book

Download Overdrive Media Console App

  1. Tap on Home icon of your Kindle Fire, tap on Apps on the top right of the screen. Then, tap on Store on the top right of the screen.
  2. Search for Overdrive Media Console, and tap on Free. Then, tap on Get App.
  3. The Overdrive Media Console app will appear, and tap on Install.
  4. Tap on Open to open the OverDrive Media Console app when the installation is complete.

Authorize the App With an Overdrive Account

The first time you use your Overdrive Media Console App it will ask you to create or log in with an Overdrive ID. If you already have an Overdrive Account, enter your username and password here; otherwise, create a new account. To do this:

  1. Enter your email address and create a password.
  2. Open your email and click the confirmation link.
  3. Open the Overdrive Media Console App and sign in with the username and password you just created.

Set Up an Overdrive Media Console Account

  1. From your Overdrive home page, tap Add a library.
  2. Enter your zip code and hit Search. Then select a Houston Public Library location.
  3. Tap the star to save Houston Area Digital Media Catalog to your library list. Then, tap Houston Area Digital Media Catalog to start signing in.

You are now ready to get started!

Sign In to Overdrive Media Console

  1. Open the Overdrive Media Console app.
  2. Select Houston Area Digital Media Catalog on your home screen.
  3. Once it has loaded, tap Sign In in the top right corner.
  4. Tap on the Select Library box, then select Houston Public Library from the dropdown menu.
  5. Enter your HPL My Link Card Number, then tap the Sign In button.
    1. Reminder: HPL My Link numbers start with 22477 or 77422.
    2. Check “Remember my login information on this device” if you want to save it for the next time you log in.

Access Account Features

After signing in, tap on the Account icon to view the following features:

  1. Bookshelf – Here you can view all the digital items which you have checked out. You can also download, read, or return items.
  2. Holds – Here you can view, edit, or cancel holds on digital items.
  3. Lists – Here you can view all Overdrive items you have placed in your wishlist.
  4. Settings – Here you can change settings such as checkout period, maturity filter, and list vs. cover art display.

Check Out an EPUB E-Book

  1. Log in to the Overdrive app then open the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog.
  2. Find an e-book you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black book icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Tapping on the menu icon and selecting a category to browse.
    2. Tapping on the magnifying glass and typing a book name in the search bar that appears.
  3. When you locate an e-book you wish to check out, tap on the cover image, then click the Borrow button.
  4. Tap on the Download button and select the EPUB format. Then, tap on Confirm & Download to download the e-book into the Overdrive App.
  5. To view your book, tap on the Overdrive icon in the top left corner, then tap Bookshelf.
  6. Tap on the cover to begin reading.

Return an E-Book

  1. In the Overdrive Media Console App Bookshelf, tap on the icon with the three dots beneath the cover image of the book you wish to return.
  2. Tap on the Return to Library link.
  3. Select Yes to confirm.

Download Handouts

For detailed instructions with screenshots, download the following handouts:

  1. Kindle Classic Kindle E-Books
  2. Kindle Fire Kindle E-Books