eBook FAQs

Everything You Need To Know About eBooks

Can two people with different library card numbers use the same device?

You bet!  If you're using a device that requires Adobe Digital Editions (anything but Kindle), the email used to register the device and the email address used for Adobe Digital Editions must match.

Can I put my eBook on more than one device?

If the two devices are the same or similar, then the answer is probably yes.

For example, if you download an eBook to a Kindle, then you could also read it on your Kindle app or another Kindle, but you wouldn’t be able to read it on a Nook. If you download eBooks from a free site and use a common file format, like pdf or epub, you could download your eBook to multiple devices. The Kindle file format can only be read on Kindle devices and apps.

So what e-reader I should buy?

We can’t tell you that! What we can do is help you figure out which e-readers best fit your needs.

The most popular e-readers are: Amazon Kindles, Barnes and Noble Nooks, and Kobo eReaders.

If you already have a tablet, such as an iPad, or a smartphone, then you can download and install e-reader apps from your device's app store without purchasing an additional device.

Do I need to download special software to check out or read eBooks?

Great question! Here’s the skinny:

Tablet / Smartphone: To read eBooks from the library on your tablet or smartphone, you must have either the Libby App or the Kindle App. Because some books will not be available in the Kindle specific format, it is recommended you download both.

Computer: To read eBooks from the library on your computer, you must have Adobe Digital Editions or use Overdrive Read in a compatible web browser.

Kindle: To read eBooks from the library on your Kindle, you do not need to download additional software.

Nook: To read eBooks from the library on your Nook or another e-ink e-reader, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.

Can you check out the eBook for me and put it on my device? Is there a computer at the library I can use to do this?

Library staff members can help you check out an eBook, but due to policy, cannot do it for you. However, we can work with you and provide you with guides, cheat sheets, and videos that will also be helpful.

If you have a Nook or other e-reader that requires books to be transferred via a USB cable, then you can check out the books on a library computer, but you will need to connect your e-reader to your personal computer in order to transfer the books. If you have a tablet, Kindle Fire, or smartphone, then you can checkout and download eBooks from your device and don't need to use a computer.

Do I have to come into the library to check out an eBook?

Not if you have a valid library card and access to our eBooks & More page. You can do everything remotely from any device that connects to the Internet! No library card, no problem. Just head to your local library and sign up!

Can I listen to audiobooks on my e-reader?

If it’s a dedicated e-reader, no – but listen away on tablets (including Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and iPad) and on smartphones using the appropriate app.

Are all books in the library catalog available as eBooks?

We wish! Not all publishers provide eBooks and, of those that do, not all books sold by a publisher are available in eBook formats.

How long can I keep an eBook I checkout from a library?

You decide! Well, sort of. You can set your eBook checkout period to 7, 14 or 21 days under My Account in Overdrive. If no one has a hold on the item, you can also renew for up to 14 more days.

How many eBooks can I check out from the library?

Well, that depends:

Overdrive: 10 eBooks or e-audiobooks can be borrowed at one time. You can have up to 10 holds at one time.

Hoopla: 8 checkouts per month for city locations

Freegal: 3 downloads per week (that are yours to keep) and 5 hours of streaming per day

Amazon Kindle E-books and Public Libraries

Amazon works with public libraries in a unique way. So, if you have a Kindle, Amazon has information on how to find public library books for your device and how to check out a public library eBook for Kindle. 

What is an .acsm file and what do I do with it?

Files with an ".acsm" extension are associated with Adobe Digital Editions. So, what does that mean?  "Adobe Content Server Message" controls the digital rights management (DRM) of the file being downloaded. In the case of eBooks, when you download an eBook from Overdrive, you are sent an .acsm file. When you double-click it or open it into Adobe Digital Editions, the file recognizes your rights to the eBook and downloads it to your computer.