Downloadable eBooks

Special info for Apple device users upgrading to iOS 7:

Apple released iOS 7 on Sept 18th and when an existing OverDrive Media Console (OMC) user upgrades to iOS 7, you will not be able to open Adobe ePub eBooks. New or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue.

OverDrive is working to resolve the issue but in the meantime, you can continue to check out ePub eBooks with your Apple device by using one of these remedies:

  1. Re-authenticate the app with your existing or a new Adobe ID. Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance. (Recommended)
  2. Uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require you to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear your bookshelf, history, and app settings.

Audiobook users won't see any difference unless you attempt to download parts of audiobooks already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. If so, you will receive an error message asking you to download the title again.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 328.2305 or 328.2309

eBooks at the Library

The Rochester Public library has two different eBook collections: Overdrive books from Digital Catalog (popular fiction & nonfiction eBooks) and EBSCO eBooks (reference/nonfiction/research eBooks).


Getting Digital Catalog eBooks

  • Download Overdrive software/app (Note: current version of Overdrive is not compatible with 1st Gen iPads and the Nook Color)
  • Set up an Adobe ID or Kindle Account
  • Check out an eBook from the Digital Catalog
  • Download to your computer/device

Note to Kindle users: Items checked out and read on your Kindle are tracked by Kindle transactions are not protected under RPL's privacy policy.

The Digital Catalog collection also features downloadable audio books, movies, and music.

Questions? Email us or call 507.328.2305 or 507.328.2309.

Getting EBSCO eBooks

Questions? Email us or call 507.328.2309.


eBook Device Compatability Chart

  Overdrive Adobe EPUB & PDF eBooks* Overdrive Kindle
EBSCO eBooks**
Sony eReader Yes No Yes
(Barnes & Noble EXCEPT Nook Tablet, Nook Color for Overdrive)
Yes No Yes
Kindle (e-ink readers) No Yes No
Kindle Fire, HD Yes, with Overdrive app Yes Yes, with Bluefire app

Blackberry (Support discontinued - OMC app no longer available as of April 10, 2014)

Only with legacy Overdrive app Yes, with Kindle app No
Windows 7 phone Yes Yes, with Kindle app No
iPod Touch
1st Gen iPad for Overdrive)
Yes Yes, with Kindle app Yes, with Bluefire app
Android OS phones/ tablets Yes Yes, with Kindle app Yes, with Bluefire app
Windows PCs Yes Yes, with Kindle app Yes
Mac Yes Yes, with Kindle app Yes

To find eBooks at the library:
*Overdrive - search our Digital Catalog
**EBSCO eBooks- Set up a EBSCO eBooks account and then search EBSCO eBooks Home.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 507.328.2305 or email us.

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