Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Returning eBooks and MP3 Audiobooks Early

All audiobooks and eBooks will be returned in 7 or 14 days to the digital collection. (There are never any late fees!) Some formats can be returned early:

  • Kindle Books
  • Adobe EPUB eBooks
  • OverDrive READ eBooks
  • MP3 Audiobooks
Some formats can never be returned early:
  • WMA Audiobooks
  • Open EPUB eBooks

Browse Early Returns by Device or App
Browse Early Returns by Format
  • Kindle Books (Immediate Return) (Early Return)
  • Adobe EPUB eBooks 
  • OverDrive READ eBook (Instructions)
  • Open EPUB eBook -- Not available
  • MP3 Audiobooks
    • with the Windows version of the OverDrive Media Console program (Instructions)
    • with the Mac version of the OverDrive Media Console program -- Not available
    • with the OverDrive Media Console mobile app (Instructions) -- The same instructions apply for both MP3 audiobooks and EPUB eBooks on the OMC app.
  • WMA Audiobooks -- Not Available

Use caution when returning titles to the collection! Returning too many titles too quickly can result in an "Excessive Activity" error on your OverDrive account. This is typically caused by "browsing" the collection by checking out a book, reading a chapter, deciding that you don't want to read the book, returning the book, and checking out more books -- time after time. Instead of checking out a title to read the first chapter, look to see if the title includes a sample icon to read a little online. (If there is no sample available from OverDrive, check your local library catalog or an online bookseller for a sample, or read reviews from NoveList or Goodreads.)