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Downloadable Books FAQs

SoCal Digital Library (OverDrive)

Is there special software required? For audio books you will need OverDrive Media Console and Windows Media Player or iTunes. For ebooks on most devices you will need Adobe Digital Editions. There is no additional software required for ebooks on Amazon Kindles.
Are audio books Mac compatible? Yes, the MP3 format only.
Are audio books PC compatible? Yes.
Are audio books iPod compatible? Yes, but keep in mind that if you are using a Mac you will only be able to transfer MP3 titles to your iPod.
Are audio and ebooks iPad compatible? Yes. The OverDrive app for the iPad will only show items that are compatible with the iPad.
Can I burn an audio book to CD? You can with some titles. Check the title information in OverDrive.
Which devices are compatible with OverDrive? Check the list here.
How do I get started? Take a look at OverDrive's Quick Start Guide.
How many items can I have checked out at one time? 5
Can I place holds on items? Yes, you can have up to 10 holds at one time.
How long is the checkout period? 7 or 14 days, you get to choose.
Can I return books early? Adobe ebooks and EPUB format books only.
How long do books remain in my bookbag or on my bookshelf? 30 minutes without checkout
How long do I have to check out my hold from the time I am notified that it's available? 3 days
How many times can I download a title I have checked out? 3 times
Can I renew a title? No, but you can check it out and re-download it again.

 

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