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How do I get ebooks on my Android device?

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2012  |  76 Views

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How to enjoy eBooks with OverDrive's mobile app for Android

You can use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Android to enjoy EPUB eBooks on your Android device.

What you need

Reading eBooks

  1. Open OMC for Android.

  2. Tap the book you want to read from the 'Bookshelf' to open it.

    Screenshot showing the OMC bookshelf.

  3. To go to the next page, tap the right side of the screen, or swipe the screen from right to left.

    Visual of tapping the right side of the screen. Visual of swipping the screen from right to left.

  4. To go to the previous page, tap the left side of the screen, or swipe the screen from left to right.

    Visual of tapping the left side of the screen. Visual of swipping the screen from left to right.

    If your device has a trackball or directional pad, you can use it to page forward or back.

  5. Tap the center of the screen to view the current chapter and total book progress as well as access the action bar.

    Screenshot showing book progress.

    The action bar lets you change eBook settings (font, layout, etc.), return books, and access some other cool features.

    Note: Some versions of Android don't have the new action bar. If yours doesn't, just go to Menu > Reader Settings to customize things.

Other cool features

OMC has several features that make your reading experience more enjoyable.

Screenshot showing the eBook menu.

For example, you can:

  • Tap and hold a word to look it up in the dictionary. Highlight multiple words for Wikipedia searches.
    You can also edit the dictionary field to look up other words or phrases.

  • Adjust screen brightness
    Go to: Menu > Reader Settings > Brightness

  • Set a screen timeout
    Go to: Menu > Reader Settings > Screen Timeout

  • Choose a color scheme
    Go to: Menu > Reader Settings > Day Mode/Night Mode/Sepia Mode

  • Change screen orientation
    Go to: Menu > Reader Settings > Orientation

  • Add bookmarks
    Go to: Menu > Add Bookmark

  • Share what you're reading with friends.
    Go to: Menu > Share.

  • There's more—feel free to explore!

Answered by Tina O'DriscollBookmark and Share

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