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E-Books Collections & Readers

The Overdrive Pleasure Reading Collection

Most of Swarthmore's collection is pretty scholarly, but it has a small digital collection of popular novels and non-fiction for those few cozy hours vouchsafed to the serious scholar.  These e-books and (some) audiobooks are available through the OverDrive Service, which is also a popular ebooks gateway for many public libraries. Our collection is small now but will continue to grow.

OverDrive

Using OverDrive on Your Mac or PC

The First Time You Read an OverDrive Book on your Mac or PC
  • On your main computer, Select Macintosh Download Adobe Digital Editions. (ADE).
  • Follow Prompts to install ADE. Follow Prompts to create an Adobe ID.
If You Already Have ADE on Your Computer
  • From the OverDrive Page, browse or search for your selection.
  • Click Add to Bookbag.
  • Click Proceed to Checkout.
  • Enter the barcode # on the back of your college ID.
  • Click Confirm Checkout. Click Download, and open the .acsm file with ADE.
  • The book will appear!

Apple Devices

The First Time You Read an OverDrive Book on your Apple Device
  • Select Macintosh or Windows and Download Adobe Digital Editions. (ADE).
  • Follow Prompts to install ADE. Follow Prompts to create an Adobe ID.
  • Download the free OverDrive App.  
  • Follow prompts to Authorize the App with your new Adobe ID.  
If You Already Have ADE on Your Computer
  • On your device, browse or search Overdrive for your selection.
  • Carefully choose the second option: Adobe Epub Book.  (Otherwise you will have to go through Amazon, which adds complications.)  
  • Click Add to Bookbag.
  • Click Proceed to Checkout.
  • Enter the barcode # on the back of your college ID.
  • Click Confirm Checkout, and Download.  
  • The book will appear!

Android Devices

The First Time You Read an OverDrive Book on your Android Device
  • Select Macintosh or Windows and Download Adobe Digital Editions. (ADE).
  • Follow Prompts to install ADE. Follow Prompts to create an Adobe ID.
  • Download the free OverDrive App.  
  • Follow prompts to Authorize the App with your new Adobe ID.  
If You Already Have ADE on Your Computer
  • On your device, browse or search the Overdrive App for your selection.
  • Carefully choose the second option: Adobe Epub Book.  (Otherwise you will have to go through Amazon, which adds complications.)  
  • Click Add to Bookbag.
  • Click Proceed to Checkout.
  • Enter the barcode # on the back of your college ID.
  • Click Confirm Checkout, and Download.   
  • The book will appear!

Kindles

On Your Main Computer
  • At OverDrive.Swarthmore.edu, select the book you wish to check out.
  • Add the "Kindle Book" to your "bookbag."
  • Proceed to checkout.
  • Confirm Checkout.
  • "Get for Kindle"
  • This will take you to an Amazon page. (You will need to sign into amazon.com with the account linked to your Kindle.
  • Click the "Get Library Book" button on the right.
  • Send to the Kindle or cloud reader of your choice.
  • On your Kindle's menu, "sync & check for items." The new title should appear!

Nooks

The First Time You Read an OverDrive Book on your Nook
  • On your main computer, select Macintosh or Windows and Download Adobe Digital Editions. (ADE).
  • Follow Prompts to install ADE. Follow Prompts to create an Adobe ID.
  • Download the OverDrive App from the App store on  your Nook.  
  • Authorize your Nook with your new Adobe ID.  
If You Already Have ADE on Your Computer
  • On your Nook, browse or search for your selection.
  • Click Add to Bookbag.
  • Click Proceed to Checkout.
  • Enter the barcode # on the back of your college ID.
  • Click Confirm Checkout. Click Download, and open the .acsm file with ADE.
  • The book will appear!

Sony Readers

The First Time You Read an OverDrive Book on your Sony Reader
  • On your main computer, select Macintosh or Windows and Download Adobe Digital Editions. (ADE).
  • Follow Prompts to install ADE. Follow Prompts to create an Adobe ID.
  • In the Reader Application, on your computer, authorize your Sony Reader with your new Adobe ID.

If You Already Have ADE on Your Computer

  • On your main computer, browse or search OverDrive for your selection.
  • Click Add to Bookbag.
  • Click Proceed to Checkout.
  • Enter the barcode # on the back of your college ID.
  • Click Confirm Checkout. Click Download, and open the .acsm file with Sony Reader Application.
  • Connect your Reader to your computer with a USB cable.
  • "Sync" your Reader to your computer to transfer the book to your reader.
  • Eject your reader.
  • Your book will appear on your reader. Enjoy.