How do I…download e-books from the Library?

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The Basehor Community Library has a growing collection of more than 11,000 e-books that you can check out for use on a variety of reading devices, such as the Kindle, Nook, and tablets including the Nexus, Kindle Fire, and the iPad. The process of checking out e-books and audiobooks will be different depending on the device you are using.

We have joined with several other Kansas libraries to bring you the best possible selection. Our collection is called the Sunflower eLibrary and you can find it from our homepage (click the menu under E-LIBRARY). Many of the titles are available only to Basehor patrons, so be sure and sign in to your account before you search.

Please note: Book publishers are currently refusing to sell many of their bestselling titles to libraries. For more information, please see the State Library of Kansas Facebook page, “The Big 6 – eBooks in Libraries.” We have created a collection with the best of what’s available. If you have questions or purchase suggestions, please email our director at dweaver@basehorlibrary.org.

These instructions will focus on our downloadable e-books, but the Sunflower eLibrary also includes audiobooks. Both formats are provided to the library through the software platform OverDrive.

Things to know:

  • Each brand of e-reader is different. Sometimes versions of the same brand are different. Make sure you’re downloading the right kind of file format for your device.
  • You can set your default lending period by going to Preferences in your Sunflower eLibrary account. Or you can select a lending period on a title-by-title basis. You can select a lending period of either 7 or 14 days.
  • You can check out up to 5 e-books or digital audiobooks at a time. When an item expires, it will be automatically returned and will no longer be viewable on your computer or e-reader. (You may need to manually delete the e-book from your computer or device after it has expired.)
  • Just like physical books, libraries own a limited number of copies of any given e-book. If all copies of the e-book you’re searching for have been checked out, you can place a hold on it.
  • You can read books from the Sunflower eLibrary on your computer, or on any tablet or device that has an Internet browser installed.

Where can I download e-books?

You can download e-books wherever you can access the Internet. You can use your home computer and move items via a USB cable, or you can download directly to your device if it is wifi-enabled. You can also use one of the computers available for patrons in the Library.

Skip to instructions on how to get e-books for:

Kindle e-readers and devices using the Kindle app
Nook, Sony, Kobo, or Other Non-Amazon E-reader
Mobile Devices and Tablets, including the iPad, Kindle Fire, and other Android based tablets

Getting Started:

Click on the Sunflower eLibrary link on the Basehor Library homepage (click the menu under E-LIBRARY).
Click on the Sign In tab.
Type Basehor Community Library as your library.
Enter your NExpress Library Card Number.
Enter your last name. The first letter must be capitalized. (If your last name is hyphenated, enter it without the hyphen).
Now you can start your search! (Tip: Use “Advanced Search” and search by e-book format. You can also choose to only show titles with available copies.)

Supported E-readers

The Sunflower eLibrary collection offers titles in Adobe PDF, Adobe EPUB, and Kindle formats. If you have a Kindle device, look for titles that are in the Kindle format. If you’re using a tablet or smart with a Kindle app, look for titles in the Kindle format. All other e-readers and tablets use the Epub format (an exception is the Kindle Fire, which can also use Epub format if the Overdrive Media Console app has been downloaded to the device).

The following devices work with our e-book collection:

  • Amazon Kindle e-readers and the Kindle Fire
  • Barnes & Noble Nook and tablets
  • Kobo
  • Sony Reader
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Pandigital Novel and tablets
  • Other Android based tablets and phones

If you have an e-reader or device not listed above, see the list of all compatible devices on the Sunflower eLibrary website.

Checking out e-books for Kindle e-readers and devices using the Kindle app.

  • Click on the Sunflower eLibrary link on the Basehor Library homepage (find it by clicking the menu under E-LIBRARY).
  • Click on the Sign In tab on the Sunflower eLibrary homepage
  • Type (or select) Basehor Community Library as your library.
  • Enter your NExpress Library Card Number.
  • Enter your last name. The first letter must be capitalized. (If your last name is hyphenated, enter it without the hyphen).
  • Now you can start your search! (Tip: Use “Advanced Search” and search by e-book format. You can also choose to only show titles with available copies.)
  • When you find a book you want to borrow, click the “Borrow” button, then “Download.” Select the Kindle format.
  • The Amazon.com website will open. You will be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already signed in.
  • Click the “Get library book” button. Choose which Kindle device (or device with the Kindle app) you want to use. Note: Your device must be registered with your Amazon account.
  • Connect your device to the computer and sync, or sync wirelessly if your Kindle is wifi-enabled. For the Kindle Fire, the sync option can be found by clicking settings.
  • To return a Kindle e-book early, log in to your Amazon account, go to the “Manage My Kindle” page, and choose action “Return this book.” You can also return books early through some devices.

Checking out e-books for the Kindle Fire:

  • Access the Internet on your Kindle Fire. Click on the Sunflower eLibrary link on the Basehor Library homepage (find it by clicking the menu under E-LIBRARY).
  • Click on the Sign In tab on the Sunflower eLibrary homepage
  • Type (or select) Basehor Community Library as your library.
  • Enter your NExpress Library Card Number.
  • Enter your last name. The first letter must be capitalized. (If your last name is hyphenated, enter it without the hyphen).
  • Now you can start your search! (Tip: Use “Advanced Search” and search by e-book format. You can also choose to only show titles with available copies.)
  • When you find a book you want to borrow, click the “Borrow” button, then “Download.” Select the Kindle format.
  • Click the “Get library book” button. Choose which Kindle device (or device with the Kindle app) you want to use. Note: Your device must be registered with your Amazon account.
  • Sync your device. The sync option can be found by clicking settings.
  • To return a Kindle e-book early, log in to your Amazon account, go to the “Manage My Kindle” page, and choose action “Return this book.” You can also return books early through some devices.

You can also use the Overdrive Media Console app on a newer Kindle Fire. Here’s how:

  • Search your device’s app store for the Overdrive Media Console app and install it on your device – it’s free.
  • Tap “Get Books,” then “Add Library” and search for the Sunflower eLibrary in Kansas. Tap Basehor Community Library.
  • Launch the catalog. Login with your NExpress Library card number and last name (you must capitalize the first letter of your last name). Sign in before browsing so you get access to books available only to Basehor Library patrons.
  • Search or browse the catalog for an e-book – Check the Available Now box to find titles that are currently checked in.
  • Tap download. Choose Epub format.
  • If your device is not associated with an Adobe Digital Editions account, a box will pop up. If you have an Adobe Digital Editions ID, tap Settings. Sign in and tap Authorize. You only have to do this once.
  • If you don’t have an Adobe Digital Editions ID, tap Get ID and create an ID. After successfully creating an Adobe Digital Editions ID, you must tap settings (left button in Adobe Digital editions pop up box), log in with the new Adobe Digital Editions ID, and authorize the device. Then go back to Sunflower eLibrary and tap download again.
  • Note: if you have problems, try creating an Adobe Digital Editions ID on a personal computer, either at home or at the library. After successfully creating an the ID, go back to your device, then tap settings (left button in Adobe Digital editions pop up box), log in with the new Adobe Digital Editions ID, and authorize the device.
  • To find the book you downloaded, open the Overdrive app on your device and tap the cover art.

Checking Out E-books for a Nook, Sony, Kobo or Other Non-Kindle E-reader

In order to read the Library’s e-books on a Nook, Sony, Kobo, or other e-reader, you must download and install the third party software program Adobe Digital Editions on the computer you will be using with your e-reader.

Note: if you have a Sony Reader you can download e-books directly to your device from Sunflower eLibrary – you don’t need to install any software as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection.

Here’s how:

  • Download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your computer or your wifi enabled device. You can find it on the Sunflower eLibrary homepage under Help, then under Software. Click Adobe Digital Editions. You will have to do this for each computer or device you want to use to download e-books.
  • Create a free Adobe ID and authorize your computer or wifi enabled e-reader. When the Setup Assistant appears, click “get an Adobe ID online.” You only need one account – you can sign in from any computer or w ifi enabled e-reader that has the software installed. You will need to authorize your device. If the option doesn’t automatically appear, look under the Help tab.
  • Once you have the software, you can “check out” books.
  • Go to the Sunflower eLibrary catalog on your computer or wifi enable device and sign in as a Basehor Library patron with your NExpress Library card number and last name (you must capitalize the first letter of your last name). Sign in before browsing so you get access to books available only to Basehor Library patrons.
  • Then Search or browse for an e-book. (Tip: Use “Advanced Search” and search by e-book format. You can also choose to only show titles with available copies.)
  • Once you’ve found a book, click the “Borrow” button, then “Download.” Select the EPUB  format. Click Confirm & Download.
  • Adobe Digital Editions will open on your device or computer.
  • NOTE: If your device is not wifi enabled, you will need to connect your e-reader to your computer. In the ADE screen, drag the e-book icon to your e-reader. In some e-readers, you will need to look for a “file” that contains the book. Disconnect your e-reader safely.
  • The e-book will return automatically after the checkout period.
  • To return an e-book early, click the drop-down menu on the book cover icon in Adobe Digital Editions and choose “Return Borrowed Item.”

Checking Out E-books for iPhone, iPad, and Android Phones and Tablets, including the Kindle Fire

You can use the Library’s e-books on popular mobile devices and tablets, including:

  • the Apple iPhone and iPad, and iPod
  • devices and tablets using the Android operating system, such as the Google Nexus 7
  • Android phones like the Samsung

Computer syncing is not required; e-books can be delivered directly to your device through either the free Overdrive Media Console app or the Kindle app.

You can also borrow books from the Sunflower eLibrary to read on your tablet or device through the browser installed on your device. Just go to www.sunflowerelibrary.org and borrow a book. You’ll have to stay connected to the Internet to continue reading.

Which app should you use?

If you want to use the Kindle app, you have to choose the Kindle version of the book when you click Download. You must have an Amazon account to use the Kindle app.

If you use the Overdrive Media Console app, you’ll need to choose the ePub version of the book when you click Download. To use the Overdrive app, you need have an account with Adobe Digital Editions.

Here’s how to use the Kindle app:

  • The Kindle app works in the background of your tablet. Just find a book you want to download on the Sunflower eLibrary website.
  • Click the “Borrow” button, then “Download.” Select the Kindle format.
  • Click “Confirm & Download”. This opens the Amazon.com website. You will be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already signed in.
  • Click the “Get library book” button. Choose which Kindle device (or device with the Kindle app) you want to use. Note: Your device must be registered with your Amazon account.
  • Your device may sync automatically. For older versions of the Kindle Fire, the sync option can be found by clicking settings.
  • To return a Kindle e-book early, log in to your Amazon account, go to the “Manage My Kindle” page, and choose action “Return this book.” You can also return books early through some devices.

Here’s how to use the Overdrive Media Console app:

  • Search your device’s app store for the Overdrive Media Console app and install it on your device – it’s free.
  • Tap “Get Books,” then “Add Library” and search for the Sunflower eLibrary in Kansas. Tap Basehor Community Library.
  • Launch the catalog. Login with your NExpress Library card number and last name (you must capitalize the first letter of your last name). Sign in before browsing so you get access to books available only to Basehor Library patrons.
  • Search or browse the catalog for an e-book – Check the Available Now box to find titles that are currently checked in.
  • Tap download. Choose Epub format.
  • If your device is not associated with an Adobe Digital Editions account, a box will pop up. If you have an Adobe Digital Editions ID, tap Settings. Sign in and tap Authorize. You only have to do this once.
  • If you don’t have an Adobe Digital Editions ID, tap Get ID and create an ID. After successfully creating an Adobe Digital Editions ID, you must tap settings (left button in Adobe Digital editions pop up box), log in with the new Adobe Digital Editions ID, and authorize the device. Then go back to Sunflower eLibrary and tap download again.
  • Note: if you have problems, try creating an Adobe Digital Editions ID on a personal computer, either at home or at the library. After successfully creating an the ID, go back to your device, then tap settings (left button in Adobe Digital editions pop up box), log in with the new Adobe Digital Editions ID, and authorize the device.
  • To find the book you downloaded, open the Overdrive app on your device and tap the cover art.

Troubleshooting

Due to the nature of technology and the publishing industry, the world of e-books and e-readers is always changing. If you have a problem, try the Help section at Sunflower eLibrary to see if there is a solution. Or call us (913-724-2828), email us (patronupdate@basehorlibrary.org), or just stop by the library with your questions. You can also ask for an appointment with a librarian, through our Book-a-Librarian service.