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overdrive for kindle paperwhite

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Initial post: Dec 10, 2012 7:40:13 PM PST
bro says:
we can't seem to get the Overdrive app on my wife's new Paperwhite. Is it possible to do?

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 10:18:25 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
The Paperwhite doesn't use apps. It is a dedicated e-reader.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 5:44:05 AM PST
bro says:
so can you access public library books? or better question, is there another way of getting books other than Amazon with the paperwhite?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 5:46:32 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
You go through a computer to access your library's site and Overdrive. Then choose "send to Kindle".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 5:49:36 AM PST
The help pages regarding borrowing from your public library:

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 1:09:40 PM PST
bro says:
if I knew it was such a chore to do this, I would'nt have bought the paperwhite for my wife - especially since she's a self-admitted technophobe. This might be reason enough to return the device because we didn't plan on spending $119 to subsidize Amazon's book store.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 1:12:22 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
What is such a chore? You aren't spending any money borrowing the book from the library.
Some libraries even offer classes to show people how to borrow books on their e-readers.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 1:12:48 PM PST
It's not a chore, just a small procedure that you have to go through. If you weren't going to buy books from Amazon, why buy an Amazon e-reader, anyway?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 1:15:26 PM PST
quilt lover says:
It really isn't a chore, I borrow books pretty often through overdrive. If I could figure it out, I'm sure you can ;)
Just go to and plug in your zip code, you will get a list of libraries then you just choose yours.
Sign in using your existing library card.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 1:16:33 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
My library required me to show up in person first to get set up in Overdrive. They were willing to help me with how to register on Overdrive but I was okay with doing it myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 1:18:14 PM PST
quilt lover says:
Mine didn't, my daughter's didn't either.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 1:18:16 PM PST
MikeJW says:
That's quite a silly observation. For sure, do return it!

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 1:23:39 PM PST
With the Paperwhite, you'll be able to borrow Kindle format books from the library through Overdrive. It just takes you back to Amazon for the checkout process. I like Overdrive actually. I think it works very well. The Overdrive App allows further access to eAudibooks and books in EPUB format, but the app is not compatible with the Paperwhite, as mentioned earlier.

Additionally, there are TONS of free books in the Kindle bookstore.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 2:50:19 PM PST
I bought the Paperwhite as a gift for the daughter of a friend of mine. My friend does not want to sign up for an Amazon account (she was going to but them asking for credit card info spooked her into thinking she'd have to pay something) and I can't convince her otherwise. Is there a way for me to load the Overdrive app onto this without her signing up for an account here?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 2:52:33 PM PST
she can always buy a pre-paid VISA (make sure that it has an expiration date on it), and use that for an account vice a credit card (quite a few ppl do this)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 3:02:05 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
You cannot load the Overdrive app onto the Paperwhite. The overdrive app is for tablets -- the Paperwhite is NOT a tablet.
She has to have the Paperwhite registered to an Amazon account to check out Kindle books from the library.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 5:54:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 5:59:47 PM PST
bro says:
Anyone considering the Paperwhite should be aware that to download free books from nonAmazon sources, such as a library or ebook website, requires a computer. To access ebooks outside of Amazon, you have to install an Overdrive App onto your computer, load the book from the site to your computer and then transfer the book to Paperwhite through the supplied usb tether. Not a huge deal, but something to know before buying the product. We didn't find out about this until after I started playing with the device, a gift for my technology-challenged wife.

Recently, I got the Paperwhite for my wife, who bought me a Kindle Fire, which is a tablet capable of installing Overdrive. Like a lot of folks, we hope to use our Kindles to read as many "free" books as possible, and without having to subscribe to Prime, which limits you to one free book a month.

Thanks all for your tips and help. Merry Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 6:08:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 6:13:29 PM PST
flipoid says:
bro, there is a LOT of incorrect information in your post regarding *KINDLE* books checked out from the library.

Yes, you do need to use a computer. You go to your library's website, check out the KINDLE version of the library book, then click on the "Get for Kindle" button. That takes you to Amazon's website, where there is a special library version of the product page--the button says "Get from library" instead of "Buy." You can select the Kindle you want to download the book to from the pull-down menu. That will send the book wirelessly (by wi-fi only, not 3G) to the specified Kindle.

There are some books (Penguin, mostly) where the publisher requires you to only transfer the book by USB only. So for those, you have to choose "Transfer to computer," specify the Kindle the book is going to be on, and then connect your Kindle to the computer and drag the book file from computer to Kindle.

UNLESS you check out ePub versions, you do NOT need the Overdrive app on your computer. And if you have a Kindle Fire with the Overdrive App on it, you don't need a computer at all to check out ePub books. You can check out ePub books on your tablet using the Overdrive app.

(Edit: Also, Prime is a SHIPPING program, not a free book program. If you have an actual Kindle device and are the paying Prime member, you can watch videos on your Kindle Fire, or your TV using a device that gets Amazon Instant Video, as well as getting access to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. But if you don't buy physical items that require shipping, it's not really worth the $79 to just get the videos or the one book per month. Also, you do NOT need Prime to get free books--there are lots of books that publishers offer for free to anyone.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2013 7:18:41 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2013 5:31:22 AM PDT
loriltx says:
Good grief. Getting a book from the library is not any more a chore than purchasing a book through Amazon, unless you don't have a library card. Even then, once you go through the process of getting the card (a one-time deal), there is no chore left.

Posted on May 15, 2013 5:46:25 AM PDT
If they are too lazy to deal with it - it is their loss - checking out library books for me takes less than 3 minutes (assuming the book I want is available)

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2013 6:22:00 AM PDT
saraf says:
CHORE? It's easier than getting epubs on a Nook or Kobo. Sheesh. Some people are just lazy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2013 6:40:05 AM PDT
Mary Jane says:
I am sorry that you are having trouble getting books from the library. I have always found it to be very easy. I generally search for books through my computer because I find it easier. Then, I check out and send the book to whatever device I want. Now, sometimes, the book has to be transferred through the computer but that is a rule set up by the publishers. It is an extra step but I don't find it particularly bothersome since I am using the computer anyway. If you need any help, ask your librarian or follow the directions that someone linked to above. There are also some very nice people on this board who can help if you are still having trouble. I have a sister who has a Kindle Touch and she hasn't bought a book, yet. She has only used the library.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 10:11:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2013 10:12:00 AM PDT
K. says:
The link states overdrive is incompatible outside US libraries.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 9:57:57 AM PDT
Tan Hui Ping says:
That is not true. Overdrive is just a platform libraries uses to provide e-library services. I come frm Singapore and there r like 5 libraries using Overdrive.
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