Nook How To

Please note that some of these steps have changed. We are working to update the How To section. Until then, please refer to Overdrive's Help page.

Install Adobe Digital Editions Software

  1. Access
  2. Download the latest version for your operating system (Mac or Windows).
  3. Select the features that you want to install and click on Next.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Click Close when the downloading process is complete.

Authorize Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Launch Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Click the link to get an Adobe ID if you do not yet have one.
  3. Click Create an Adobe Account in the new browser window.
  4. Fill out the required information, then click Continue.
  5. Go back to the Adobe Digital Editions software and enter the Adobe ID and password you just created.
  6. Click Activate.
  7. Click Finished.

Check Out an EPUB E-Book

  1. Sign in to your Houston Area Digital Media Catalog account at using a web browser.
    1. Your login is your HPL Library Card number starting with either 22477 or 77422.
  2. Find an e-book you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black book icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Browsing by genre from the top menu. Make sure to limit it to EPUB format books on the side menu. If you want an e-book available immediately, select Available Now under the Show Me... category.
    2. Going to Advanced Search and selecting the genre you wish to browse then the limiters Available Now and EPUB Format. If you are looking for a specific author or title, you can enter that information on this screen. Click Search to view your results.
  3. When you have found the e-book you wish to read, hover your mouse over the book’s cover art and click Borrow to check it out.
  4. Go to your Bookshelf using the My Account icon.
  5. Click Download then select the EPUB format. 
  6. Open the file. It should automatically open in Adobe Digital Editions.

Transfer an E-Book to a Nook

  1. Turn on the Nook and connect it to your computer using the USB cable.
  2. Open Adobe Digital Editions. Make sure you are in Library view then find your Nook under Devices.
  3. Click on the e-book you wish to transfer then drag it to your Nook.
  4. Once the transfer has finished you can unplug your Nook.

Return an EPUB E-Book

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Find the e-book you wish to return. Right click on the cover image.
  3. Select Return Borrowed Item.

Download Handouts

For detailed instructions with screenshots, download the following handout: