While we don’t have any recommendations for specific eReading devices, it is important to get a device that is compatible with OverDrive (the digital book provider for the ORL eBooks Collection) if you wish to download eBooks from the library.
Please see this list of compatible devices compiled by OverDrive at the following link, http://help.overdrive.com/#devices.
If you need help deciding between a tablet and an eReader, check out this info page.
Kindle eReader, including the 1st and 2nd Generations eReaders, DX, Keyboard, Paperwhite, or Touch), are not compatible with OverDrive media at this time.
The Kindle eReader is a product of Amazon.com and that company has chosen not to work with OverDrive in terms of format compatibility for Canadian public libraries for their eReaders.
Exception for the Kindle Fire tablets: The OverDrive App can be used to borrow and enjoy digital books on Kindle Fire tablets.
The OverDrive App is no longer available from BlackBerry App World.BlackBerry users with the OverDrive App installed prior to April 10, 2014, will be able to continue check-out, download and enjoy digital books through the App.
Customers who have the BlackBerry PlayBook, or smartphones running BlackBerry 10, may be able to read borrowed eBooks in their device's web browser, through the OverDrive Read format.
Find out more information about the OverDrive Read format from OverDrive Help.
Once you have installed Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, you will be prompted to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID.
The Adobe ID is a component of Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM technology is used by publishers as a way to secure digital files, like an eBook, so that there is control over who can open, read or listen to the digital file, how the digital file is transferred to or opened on multiple devices, and management over the lending period and whether or not you can print or copy the file.
Most eBooks from our digital collections use Adobe DRM, and so you need the Adobe ID to access the eBook through Adobe Digital Editions and open it on your eReader. When a computer, eReader, or mobile device is authorized with an Adobe ID, it lets the DRM in the file (in this case, the eBook) know that it can be opened on that device.
Once you have installed the OverDrive App on your smartphone or tablet, you will be prompted to create an OverDrive Account.
Your OverDrive Account:
Authorizes the App, which permits you to open copyrighted materials on your mobile device.
Can be used to sync your bookmarks across your devices, so you can stop reading on your smartphone and start again at the same place on your tablet if they have the same OverDrive Account.
You can also use the OverDrive Account to authorize Adobe Digital Editions, so that you are able to open and read the same eBooks on your mobile device as on your computer or eReader.
Find more information about authorizing Adobe Digital Editions with an OverDrive Account from OverDrive Help.
Please visit your closest library branch to renew your library card.
Libraries are operating under a few challenges in terms of building an eBook collection:
Some publishers will not release digital versions of their books to readers at the same time as the print edition. Some major publishers are not currently selling eBooks to public libraries. Library associations are working with publishers to work out a process to acquire eBooks where publishers, libraries and readers all benefit.
eBooks are still a relatively new format, and there is minimal extra funding for this new format. This means we have to reallocate funds within our acquisitions budget for eBooks. Although we are seeing large increases in eBook usage, it’s still a relatively small percentage of our total circulation, so we’re trying to find the right balance between traditional and new formats.
You can read more about the challenges that libraries face with regards to purchasing eBooks from the following link, http://www.fairpricingforlibraries.org
There are a few options:
There are a few possible explanations:
The hold for the book was placed with a different library card number. If there are multiple cards in your household, please check if the hold is available under a different library card number.
If you got a replacement library card after you had placed the hold, the hold will unfortunately not transfer to the new card number.
We can merge holds between your old and new cards.
Please forward your emailed hold notification to email@example.com, along with the following information: Your current library card number, your old library card number (if you know it).
Libraries purchase licences for digital books. Each licence is like one print copy of a book, in that only one person can check it out at a time. If you would like to borrow a popular eBook or eAudiobook, you may need to place a hold for it like you would a popular print book.
Yes! Sign in to your account on the ORL eBooks website and go to your Holds page.
Click or tap on the Suspend Hold button found underneath the digital book on hold).
Choose the number of days that you want to suspend your hold and click the Suspend button.
The date for when your suspension will end will now be shown next to the digital book on hold.
You can click on the Edit Hold button under cover image of the book to cancel the suspension or to change when you would like your hold to re-activate it.
Yes, you can renew your digital book if there are no holds on it.
Three days before your book is due, a Request again link will become available under the cover image of the borrowed book on the Loans page of your account on the ORL eBooks website.
Click on the Request again link to open the form. Confirm your email address and click the Submit. You will get an email when the title becomes available for check-out at the end of its initial loan period, after which you can check out the title again from the Holds page in your account and re-download it.
If there are holds on the book, filling out the Request again form will add you to the wait list for the book.
These options appear next to your title on your Loans page in your account on the ORL eBooks website.
Download option: downloads the book to Adobe Digital Editions on a computer.
Add to app option: downloads the book to the OverDrive app on a tablet or smartphone.
Read nowor Listen nowoption: downloads the digital book as a format that can be enjoyed on the web browser of your tablet or computer. The format does not require that you register your device with an Adobe ID or OverDrive Account.
Font/text size can be changed for books in the EPUB format, but not in the PDF format. Log into your ORL eBooks account to check the format of the eBook.
If there are other copies of the eBook available to download, or if there is no one on the wait list for the eBook, you may try returning the book, and then checking it out again in the EPUB format.
Find out more about eBook formats differences from OverDrive Help
From Adobe Digital Editions, right click on the image of the eBook and select Return Borrowed Item.
Finally, click on Return to confirm.
Unfortunately, eBooks in the Open EPUB or Open PDF formats cannot be returned early from Adobe Digital Editions or the OverDrive App.
You can log into your account on the ORL eBooks website to verify if the title in question is in the Open EPUB or Open PDF format. The format is listed next to the cover image of your borrowed book on your Loans page.
Only books in the EPUB and PDF formats can be returned early.
MP3 formatted eAudiobooks can be returned early if you are using OverDrive on a Windows computer.
From the OverDrive program, click on the eAudiobook you would like to return.
Click the Delete button, then click on Return/Delete to return the eAudiobook to the library collection and to remove it from your ORL eBooks Account.
Please note: Early returns are not available for eAudiobooks downloaded to the OverDrive for Mac program.
The steps to return digital books are different depending on your smartphone or tablet, please check out the following links from the OverDrive Help website for specific instructions:
There are many ways to get in touch with the ORL...
Visit your nearest library branch.
Call the toll-free eBook Help Line: 1-855-853-2665.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, in your email, please include:
Please note that if your ORL card has expired or you have outstanding late fees of $20.00 or more, you'll be unable to borrow from this collection. Please visit your library branch to re-activate your card.