Help - Kindle

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

Please note, standard Kindles and touch screen Kindles users will need to use a computer to check out Kindle library eBooks title.  Kindle fire and Kindle app users can checkout and download using just the device.

1.  Go to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog located at http://hcpl.lib.overdrive.com.

2.  Either find a title that is checked in or check out a title you have on hold or in your cart.

When searching for titles, you can limit your results to the Kindle format by selecting the word “Kindle” under the “Format” heading on the left hand side of the screen.
The available format information can also be found on the right hand side of the title display screen.  You can access this by clicking on the book jacket.

3.  Once you find a title to check out, go to the title detail screen to check it out. To do so, either click on the book jacket or the icon of the book in the upper right corner of the book jacket.

4.  Click on the green button that says “Borrow” to continue to check the title out. 

5.  If you are not currently signed in, you will be asked to sign in with your library card at this time.

6.  The next screen will briefly show that the title was added to your Bookshelf and how many checkouts you have remaining for your account.  To access your Bookshelf, click on the green “Go to Bookshelf” button.

7. Next you need to select the Kindle format. To do this,  select the green option that says “Download (select one format).”

8.  In the drop down menu, select the box for “Kindle Book.”  Then select “Confirm and Download.”

9.  A new window will open and bring you to the Amazon.com site.  On the Amazon site, you should see a green box towards the upper right.  Select the device you wish to download to if you have more than one kindle associated with your Amazon account.

10.  Click on the “Get Library Book” icon to continue. 

11.  You may be asked to log into your Amazon account at this time.
12.  If your Kindle has Wi-Fi, your title should now be sent to your Kindle Device.  Penguin library eBooks will need to be downloaded and will not be sent over the Wi-Fi.  Continue with the instructions to get a Penguin library eBook onto your Kindle.


Please be aware that there are different versions of the Kindle.  Some older models only came with a 3G connection.  Others only have WI-FI, and some have 3G and WI-FI.
If you are getting the message that your Kindle does not support WI-FI, you may have a model that has 3G wireless, but not WI-FI.  According to Amazon, “Library books cannot be delivered via a Kindle’s 3G connection.”   In order to read the title, you will need to download the title to your computer and transfer it via USB to your Kindle. 
If you believe that you are getting this message and that your Kindle does have Wi-Fi, you will need to contact Amazon for further support. 

13.  If you are downloading a Penguin library eBook or you do not have Wi-Fi, select “Download now” to download the title to your computer. 

14.  Your computer settings may block the initial download of the title to your computer.  If it does, a yellow bar may appear at the top of the Amazon window.  If this happens, click on the yellow bar and select “Download File.”

15. A new window will appear.  It may ask you to either “Open” or “Save”, or it may ask you to “Find” or “Save.”  Either way, select “Save.”

16.  After selecting “Save” you will be asked to select where to save it to.  You can make a new folder or save it to a default folder.  Please be aware that you will need to remember how to get to the area you save it in.  I find it easiest to save to the desktop so it is easy to find.

17.  Select “Save” to save the title to your computer.

18.  You may get a message stating that windows cannot open the file.  If you do, select “cancel.”

19.  Please connect your Kindle to the computer.  When you do, the Kindle folder may open up automatically.  If it does not, please navigate to this folder by going to “My Computer” and double clicking on the drive for “Kindle”.

20. Next, find the title in the location you saved it to and drag and drop it to the folder called “documents” in the Kindle folder.

If you are reading on a Kindle fire, you will want to use the “Books” folder instead of the “documents” folder.

21.  Eject the Kindle from the computer and enjoy your book!

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

1. Please go to www.amazon.com.

2.  Hover your mouse over the “Hello… Your Account” icon just to the right of the search box.

3.   Select “Manage Your Content and Devices.”

4.  You may be asked to log in to your Amazon account at this time.

5.  In the next screen, select “Actions” for the title you want to return.  The “Actions” button will be to the left of the title and has three dots in it.  If you do not see this make sure you are in the “Your Content” tab under “Manage Your Content and Devices.”

6.  In the menu that opens up, select “Return this book.”

7.  It will now ask you if you are sure you want to return the book.  Select “yes” and the title will be returned.
 

If you install the Overdrive App on the Kindle Fire, you will be able to read the EPUB format.  This is only beneficial when the title you want to read from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog is not available in the Kindle format.  The Overdrive app is available free in the Amazon App store.

Please follow these steps in order to install the app on your device. 

1.  From the home screen, select “Apps” from the top menu on the device.

2.  Select “Store” in the upper right.

3. In the search box, type “Overdrive” and hit the “search” button.

4.  The “Overdrive Media Console” app should be in the list of results.  It is a blue square with a white “O.”  Select the word “Free” to the right of the apps name.

5.  Select the green “Get App” button to begin the installation.

6.  The title detail screen should come up and it should say “Purchasing.”  The app is free so you will not actually be charged anything.  It will then download the app.

7.  Once the app has been downloaded an orange “Open” button will appear.  You can use this to open the app.  The app will also be located on your home screen in the carousel.

If you would like instructions on how to set up and use the Overdrive app, please see these instructions.

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

On the HCPL Digital Media Catalog, the only eBook format that will work on the standard Kindle is the "Kindle" format. If you have a Kindle Fire, you may also select the EPUB format. To find out how to read EPUB on the Kindle Fire, please see these instructions.

When searching for titles, you can limit your results to the Kindle format by selecting the word "Kindle" under the "Format" heading on the left hand side of the screen.

The available format information can also be found on the right hand side of the title display screen. You can access this by clicking on the book jacket.
You can also listen to "MP3" eAudio titles on the Kindle, but it is not the most user friendly experience.

The WMA format is not compatible with any Kindle at this time.

Because of the various differences in the Kindle models, please refer to the instruction manual to find out the best way to delete titles from the Kindle you have.

Please be aware that there are different versions of the Kindle. Some older models only came with a 3g connection. Others only have WI-FI, and some have 3g and WI-FI.

If you are getting the message that your Kindle does not support WI-FI, you may have a model that has 3G wireless, but not WI-FI. According to Amazon, “Library books cannot be delivered via a Kindle’s 3G connection.” In order to read the title, you will need to download the title to your computer and transfer it via USB to your Kindle. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

If you believe that you are getting this message and that your Kindle does have Wi-Fi, you will need to contact Amazon for further support. Otherwise, please follow our kindle instructions to learn how to transfer the title from a computer.

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

The Overdrive Read format allows you to read an eBook in the browser of your portable device without needing any extra software or Adobe IDs.  For the Kindle Fire, you will also not be directed to finish the checkout through Amazon.  Please note that the Overdrive Read format works on most Apple products (iPod, iPad, iPhone) and Android devices (Android phones, tablets, Kindle Fire etc), as well as portable devices based on Windows (Windows phones and tablets).  It is not compatible with standard dedicated eReaders such as the basic Nook and basic Kindle models.

In order to use this format, please follow these instructions.

1.  Go to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog located at http://hcpl.lib.overdrive.com.

2.  Either find a title that is checked in or check out an eBook you have on hold.

When searching for titles, you can limit your results to the Overdrive Read format by selecting “Overdrive Read” under the “Format” heading on the left hand side of the screen.

The available format information can also be found on the right hand side of the title display screen.  You can access this by clicking on the book jacket.

3.  Once you find a title to check out, go to the title detail screen to check it out. To do so, either click on the book jacket or the icon of the book in the upper right corner of the book jacket.

4.  Click on the green button that says “Borrow” to continue to check the title out. 

5.  If you are not currently signed in, you will be asked to sign in with your library card at this time.

6.  The next screen will briefly show that the title was added to your Bookshelf and how many checkouts you have remaining for your account.  To access your Bookshelf, click on the green “Go to Bookshelf” button.

7.  To start reading the title in your browser, select the green option that says “Read (In your browser).”

8.  A new tab will open on your device and show the title downloading.  Once the eBook has finished downloading you will be able to read it offline as well as when you are connected to the internet. The left hand side of the screen contains basic information on how to read the eBook in the browser.

9.  To advance the eBook to the next page, swipe your finger toward the left.  To go back a page, swipe your finger to the right. 

10.  If you swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen, a slider bar will appear that allows you to quickly advance through the eBook.

11.  If you swipe your finger down from the top of the screen, a menu will appear.

This menu contains the table of contents.  It also lists any parts of the eBook you bookmarked.  The Book mark icon is located in the upper left of the eBook.

12.  The menu also contains 4 other icons located toward the upper right.

The first icon brings up the Table of contents.  The second icon brings up the bookmarks.  The third icon is the magnifying glass and it lets you search the eBook.  The fourth icon will allow you to resize the font as well as change the font to something else.  You can also change the background color from the fourth icon.

13.  If you want to return the Overdrive Read format early, go to your bookshelf on the HCPL Digital Media Catalog and select “Return Title” below the green Overdrive Read button.  If you choose a format such as EPUB or Kindle, you will not be able to return the title from the Bookshelf and the Overdrive Read format will no longer be available.

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