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eBook & eAudiobook Help
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Books downloaded from the Newton Free Library via OverDrive work on a variety of platforms.

The links below explain how to access a book on a variety of devices.


MLN Electronic Content Access Privacy Policy

Access to electronic content (for which the State, the Minuteman Library Network or the individual library pays a subscription fee) from outside of a library often requires authentication to determine that the user is eligible for access. The user is asked to enter the library card number. The Minuteman Library Network only provides the outside database provider with an indication of whether or not the user is eligible for access to this database.

Minuteman Library Network works with a variety of partners to provide Electronic Content (eContent) to our users. Before checking out any of Minuteman’s eContent, users should read the privacy policy of the company that is providing the service in question. For example, users who check out eBooks from Minuteman’s website for use on their Kindle (or via a Kindle app) will receive those eBooks via Amazon. Amazon’s privacy policy describes the kind of information that is collected and stored in connection with such transactions, and we encourage our users to familiarize themselves with that policy before engaging in such transactions. In reading Amazon’s privacy policy, users will learn, for example, that Amazon retains (on a long term basis) information about the eBook a user borrows as well as any notes or highlights added to the text by the user.


Need More Help?

  • Schedule a 15 minute appointment
  • Librarian e-Book Specialist, one-on-one
  • Bring your eReader, tablet, or device
  • Please request a 15 min. session by email (only):
  • Preregistration Required. No Walk-in Appointments will be accepted.
  • Appointments as available on a first-served basis

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Syncing eBooks & Audiobooks with Overdrive One

Syncing eBooks & audiobooks with Overdrive One

Version 3 of the Overdrive Media Console (OMC) app allows you to sync different devices under one account, allowing you to read an ebook or listen to an audiobook on one device and pick up where you left off on another.

It is important to note that only devices capable of running version 3 of the Overdrive Media console app can use this feature. Here are the requirements, as listed from the Overdrive One website:

Will my device support synching?

If you have OMC 3 on your device, then you should be able to sync. To use OMC 3, the device must have...

  • iOS v6.0 (or newer). This is the operating system on newer Apple iPhones and iPads.
  • Android v4.0 (or newer). This is the operating system on:
  • Newer Android phones and tablets
  • NOOK HD and NOOK HD+
  • Kindle Fire HD

Devices not supported include:

  • Desktop/laptop computers
  • Older NOOKs (NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color)
  • Sony Readers
  • Older Kindles (including Kindle Fire 1st generation)
  • Windows devices
  • Blackberry devices

If your device matches the requirements listed above, follow the steps below. If your device does not match the requirements, you cannot use Overdrive One.

How do you find what iOS/Android version is on your device?

  • iOS (iPhoneOS) - On your iPhone touch Settings -> General -> About. Look under Version.
  • Go to the Home Screen (push the home button). Then push the menu button (looks like little squares). Touch Settings. Scroll to the bottom of the list. Then touch About Phone. Look for lines that say Firmware version or Android version.
  • For more information, visit

Overdrive One is currently in “Beta.” Functionality may change at a moment’s notice

Creating an Overdrive One Account

Before you can use Overdrive One, you’ll need to create an account. This is different from your account information on the Overdrive website and your Adobe ID (if reading  ebooks).

From your device, open the Overdrive app and bring up the menu.

You’ll see Overdrive One listed under Bookshelf. If you do not see it, you may need to update the app. If you’ve updated and still do not see the option for Overdrive One, your device may be incompatible.


Tap Overdrive One and tap the button that reads Get an Overdrive One Account.


You’ll be taken to an account sign in screen. You can sign in using your Facebook login if desired. Otherwise, fill out the form using a valid email address and set a password. Once that is done, you’re ready for the fun part.

How to Sync Devices

Syncing devices with Overdrive One is actually pretty easy. For this instruction, we’re going to use two devices, A and B, in the following example.

  1. On Device A, open the Overdrive Media Console app and sign into to Overdrive One.
  2. Visit the Overdrive website via the Overdrive App and check out a book. Download it to Device A.
  3. Open the book and start reading. Stop on any page and set a bookmark (bookmarks are not necessary for audiobooks).
  4. Go to Device B. Download and install the Overdrive Media Console app and sign into Overdrive One.
  5. Visit the Overdrive site from the app, log into your account and download the book you were reading on Device A a second time.
  6. When you open the book on Device B, a prompt will ask if you want to resume from your previous place in the book. Tap Yes and you’re ready to continue reading.

You can sync as many devices as you want with Overdrive One,
but you can only download an ebook THREE times from Overdrive.

Following the steps listed above, you will have already checked out the same ebook TWO times.

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