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About eBooks

Important Note for Users of Kindle eBooks

Please see this information about returning your Kindle eBooks early.


Lincoln City Libraries’ Digital Downloads from OverDrive provides a collection of downloadable eBooks that can be checked out for a period of 7, 14, or 21 days for reading on a computer, mobile device, or portable e-reader. You can have up to 10 downloadable titles (eBooks and audiobooks) checked out at one time. Click the button below to access our Digital Downloads:

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ePub eBooks

ePub format eBooks are compatible with most e-readers, including NOOK and Kobo (see this information about which NOOK models and Kobo models this applies to). They are not compatible with Kindle. (See below for information about Kindle-compatible eBooks.) Here is a how-to guide for ePub eBooks from OverDrive. If you use both the Libby app and an e-ink eReader, here are instructions for transferring books from Libby to your eReader.

(Note: an app is now available for the Galaxy Tab NOOK, NOOK HD, and NOOK HD+, and Kobo Arc; please see the information for mobile devices if you have one of these models.)

The security update for Nooks announced by Barnes & Noble in June 2018 that is required for Nooks to continue to use Barnes & Noble’s store is not required for Nooks to work with Library eBooks from OverDrive.

Important information for Windows 8 / 10 users: the Windows 8 / 10 version of the OverDrive software allows ePub eBooks to be read on the computer without Adobe Digital Editions software, but the eBooks cannot then be transferred to an e-reader. Additional information for Windows 8 / 10 users is available here.

If you have authorized multiple eReaders and computers with Adobe Digital Editions using your Adobe ID, you may get an error message saying “Too Many Activations” when you try to authorize again. This is because Adobe puts a limit on the number of times you can use an Adobe ID to authorize a computer or eReader. You can, however, request additional authorizations by signing in on Adobe’s site with your Adobe ID and password and contacting their Technical Support.

Returning ePub eBooks early

If you finish an eBook before it is due, it is helpful to other Library patrons if you return the book early rather than waiting for it to expire. You can return ePub eBooks early through the Adobe Digital Editions software:

  • For Adobe Digital Editions version 1.7:
    • Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
    • Make sure you are in “Library View” by clicking on the icon showing the book spines near the upper left corner.
    • Click on either “All Items” or “Borrowed.” The eBooks you have checked out should show in the right-hand pane.
    • Move your mouse pointer over the cover of the book you want to return; you should see a small triangle appear above the upper left corner of the cover. Click on the triangle to pull down a menu.
    • Click on “Return Borrowed Item.”
    • Confirm by clicking “Return.”
  • For Adobe Digital Editions version 2.0 and newer:
    • Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
    • Select Library from the upper-left-corner.
    • Right-click (control-click for Mac) on the title you’d like to return. Click “Return Borrowed Item.”
    • Confirm by clicking “Return.”

Kindle eBooks

Here are the steps for checking out and downloading an eBook for Kindle. Kindle Fire and Fire HD users should also look at our information for mobile devices.

Returning Kindle eBooks Early

If you finish an eBook before it is due, it is helpful to other Library patrons if you return the book early rather than waiting for it to expire. You can return Kindle books through Amazon’s “Manage Your Kindle” interface:

  • Log in to the Manage Your Content and Devices page on
  • From Your Content, select the Actions button next to the book that you want to return.
  • Select Return This Book, and then select Yes in the pop-up window.

Mobile Devices

If you are using a mobile device such as an Android, Galaxy Tab, NOOK, NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, please use OverDrive’s free Libby app.

Galaxy Book devices use Windows instead of the Android operating system. Libby is not available as an app for Windows, but an in-browser option is available at

Although Libby is not yet available in the Amazon Appstore, it is now possible to manually install Libby on Kindle Fire Tablets. Instructions are available here.


LibbyOverDrive’s Libby app is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks easier. Libby is available for Android, iOS, and some Chromebooks, and is available from Google Play and the Apple’s App Store. You can also watch this introductory video about Libby:

If you use both the Libby app and an e-ink eReader, here are instructions for transferring books from Libby to your eReader.

If you run into problems, here’s a troubleshooting guide that may help.

What to do if your e-mail address has changed

If you have e-reserves and have changed your e-mail address, you will need to update the e-mail address associated with each of your e-reserves to be sure you receive notification when the books become available. Please follow these steps:

  1. Log into your digital downloads account.
  2. Click on “My account”.
  3. Click on “Holds”.
  4. Click “Edit email” next to each title and update the email address.

Still having trouble?

We understand that Digital Downloads can sometimes be tricky. If you run into problems, there are ways to get help. You can check OverDrive’s Troubleshooting guide. You can also submit a request for help and we will try to resolve your problem as quickly as possible.

eBook Classes

No classes are currently scheduled; watch for future eBook class opportunities!

Why doesn’t the Library have this eBook?

While Lincoln City Libraries tries to maintain a varied collection of books in a variety of formats, not all titles have been published as eBooks. Some publishers also refuse to allow libraries to have access to their eBooks, delay eBooks’ availability to libraries until months after publication, or otherwise make eBooks available only on a very restricted basis.