Formats and Devices

Devices

The audiobooks and eBooks in our digital collection are compatible with many different eBook readers and audio players -- but not all devices. OverDrive has a Device Resource Center page.

If you have a "dedicated" eBook reader, view the "eBook Only" section. The e-Ink Kindles, Nooks, and other compatible eBook readers will be listed here. 




Note that the Kindle will show that it only works with Kindle Books.

The Nook will work with the EPUB and Open EPUB (OEPUB) in our collection.

Color devices such as the iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, and a wide variety of other entertainment tablets will be listed under the "eBook & Audiobook" section. 


Most color devices have the ability to be used to read eBooks and play audiobooks!



And don't forget to check out the compatible audiobook devices! 



Format Information

WMA Audiobooks

WMA audiobooks are digital versions of the books on cassette tape or CD that your local library lends. The audiobooks are read by professional readers. They can be played from a PC or transferred to a compatible audio player to be enjoyed on the go.
  • WMA stands for Windows Media Audio. Due to the format and the addition of Digital Rights Management (DRM), these audiobooks can only be downloaded to a Windows computer (PC) and transferred to a WMA compatible audio player.
  • WMA audiobooks cannot be viewed or downloaded to a Chromebook computer.
  • WMA audiobooks cannot be downloaded directly to iPhones, but with the use of iTunes (and the OverDrive Media Console for Windows), WMA audiobooks can be transferred from a PC to an iPod.
  • The WMA audiobooks are the most popular audiobook format in the collection.
  • All audiobooks circulate for 7 or 14 days.
  • WMA audiobooks cannot be returned to the collection early. 
 
MP3 Audiobooks

MP3 audiobooks are digital versions of the books on cassette tape or CD that your local library lends. The audiobooks are read by professional readers. They can be played from a PC or a Mac, and they, too, can be transferred to a compatible audio player to be enjoyed on the go.
Need help deciding which format of audiobook to check out? Read more about choosing between the WMA and MP3 format.
Adobe EPUB eBooks
 
Adobe EPUB ebooks are digital versions of printed books that can be read on a variety of electronic reading devices like the Nook, Kobo, iPad, Google Nexus, and many different types of phones. The Adobe EPUB format has Adobe DRM.
  • The EPUB eBooks can be downloaded and read on a PC or a Mac and transferred to a compatible device.
  • Adobe EPUB eBooks cannot be viewed on a Chromebook computer.
  • The EPUB eBooks included Digital Rights Management (DRM); the DRM is managed by the software Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Both PC and Mac users may download and install Adobe Digital Editions and authenticate their computers with an Adobe ID to read Adobe EPUB eBooks on their computer or transfer the eBook to their compatible Nook, Sony, or Kobo device. 
  • The Adobe ID used to authenticate the computer must be the same ID used to authenticate all mobile reading devices. Note that a maximum of three computers and three mobile devices can be authorized with the same Adobe ID.
  • EPUB eBooks can be downloaded directly to many devices with the use of the mobile website and the OverDrive Media Console app for iOS or Android.
  • EPUB titles circulate for 7 or 14 days and can be returned early through the OverDrive Media Console, Adobe Digital Editions (for PC or Mac), or through the OverDrive Media Console mobile app or Bluefire Reader mobile app.

Open EPUB eBooks

Open EPUB ebooks are digital versions of printed books that can be read on a variety of electronic reading devices like the Nook, Kobo, iPad, Google Nexus, and many different types of phones. The Open EPUB eBooks have no DRM.
  • The Open EPUB eBooks can be downloaded and read on a PC or a Mac and transferred to a compatible device using Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Open EPUB titles cannot be viewed on a Chromebook computer. 
  • The Open EPUB eBooks have no DRM (Digital Rights Management).
  • Open EPUB eBooks can be downloaded directly to many devices with the use of the mobile Web site and the OverDrive Media Console app for iOS or Android.
  • Open EPUB titles circulate for 7 or 14 days and cannot be returned early.

Kindle Books

Kindle Books are digital versions of printed books that can be read on a Kindle device or a Kindle app compatible with numerous smart phones like the iPhone, Android phones, Blackberries, etc.

OverDrive READ 

OverDrive READ is a browser-based format that allows you to read the eBook on your computer or mobile web browser.
  • There is no Adobe ID required.
  • There is no additional app required (beyond a compatible web browser).
  • Use the OverDrive READ eBook on a computer (Windows, Mac and Chromebook), tablet, or phone.
  • Not all web browsers work well with the OverDrive READ format. If the page doesn't render well, stick with the Kindle Book or EPUB format.
  • OverDrive READ eBooks circulate for 7 or 14 days can be returned early from the NHDB Site >> Account >> Bookshelf, unless another format has been selected, in which you will return the Kindle Book or Adobe EPUB eBook.
Viewing Formats on Mobile Devices

Note that all formats may not be displayed on your mobile device. For instance, when you view the site on an iPad or Android tablet, you will not see the WMA audiobook format because it is not possible to download a WMA audiobook directly an Apple device or even listen to the WMA audiobook on an Android device. Nook browsers will not display the Kindle Book format, as the Nook is not compatible with Kindle Books, etc.

All formats can be viewed on a Windows computer. Mac users will not be able to view WMA audiobooks without using Safari web browser >> Develop (tool bar) >> User Agent >> Select a Windows version of a popular browser. Chromebook users will only see the Kindle Book and OverDrive READ format and will not be able to view audiobooks on the computer.