As you may have noticed, with the creation of OverDrive’s new Partner Portal, our Learning Center received a facelift as well. This change is not simply cosmetic! At the Learning Center, you’ll find updates to our On Demand trainings, registration for live sessions and frequent additions to the resources available for training your staff and users.

Use OverDrive’s How-to guides to teach users how to enjoy eBooks on their new devices!


Thanks to your feedback, we’ve added device-specific How-to guides that are now available to print from the Learning Center’s Resources section—along the lines of the popular eBook Cheat sheet. The new guides include instruction on how to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks for iOS and Android devices, as well as the Kindle Fire, with more on the way. These materials are an excellent resource to distribute during training classes, at the reference desk or to give to patrons who inquire for more information.


Which device do you receive the most questions about? Feel free to leave comments below so we know which guide to create next.


Adam Sockel is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive 


12 Responses to “Device Specific How- to Guides Now Available”

  1. Diane Claus

    I am a retired librarian and devotee of brooks on my ipad. I am bent that in a recent notice about your new upgraded instructions for downloading library held materials onto ebooks, you call them “toys”! Are books, then,”toys” and by extension are libraries”toy boxes”?

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Diane, In saying ‘toys’ I was referring to the devices that patrons use to access their eBooks. Many people consider eReaders, tablets and devices fun luxuries that they love to play with. That said, we DO think both books and devices for reading eBooks do provide endless hours of enjoyment…just like toys! 🙂

  2. Christy

    Any plans to incorporate the instructions for WMA audiobooks into a future how-to guide for Apple devices? That’s an important feature for many of our library’s patrons.

  3. Tia

    I have mostly Android tablets coming in for help, but Nook devices seem to be the most difficult to teach. A handout on those would be most helpful! Thank you for all of the support – you guys are amazing!

  4. Deborah

    Can you create a device specific guide for the Nook Tablets? I know it’s an Android device, but a specific guide would be more helpful since you need to go to B&N app store for the OMC app instead of Google Play.

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Kelley, YES! This is in the hopper next. Thanks, Adam

  5. Maura

    These are great! I’ve been wanting something like this for months now!
    One bit of feedback: I wish the instructions about creating the Adobe ID were not relegated to an asterisk in smaller print at the bottom of the instructions for the Kindle Fire, iOS and Android. This tends to be a challenging step for many of our users.

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Maura, thanks for the feedback. We wanted to make sure everything fit and thought the device specific info was essential. I’ll pass along the note!

  6. Nanette Feder

    We could really use instructions for Kindles other than the Kindle Fire and e-reader Nooks. Thanks!