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OverDrive on eReaders -

Downloading eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions and transferring onto Older Model eReaders (Kobo Touch / Glo / Mini / Sony).

What is Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)?

Adobe Digital Editions is software you need to download in order to read and manage most EPUB and PDF eBooks. You will need to download this software in order to read books on your computer or transfer EPUB or PDF eBooks onto your older model eReader (Kobo Touch/Glo/Mini or Sony eReader).

Note: newer eReaders (link to Kobos with OverDrive Integrated Page) and devices that use apps (link to Libby App page) do not require Adobe Digital Editions.


We have noticed an increase in problems with using Adobe Digital Editions. Unfortunately, Adobe no longer supports Digital Editions. OverDrive also acknowledges this problem.

As these changes are out of the Library's control, our ability to help you with downloading and transferring using ADE is limited to the steps provided here. You can also consult Adobe Digital Editions community forums, where you can ask or answer inquiries about issues with the software.

Getting Started

To read eBooks from OverDrive on your computer or to transfer to an older model eReader (Kobo Touch / Glo / Mini / Sony eReader) you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions and then transfer them onto your device. Please click here for the steps to download your eBooks to your computer from the OverDrive Help website. We recommend using the 3.0 version of Adobe Digital Editions with your older model Kobo.


Should you encounter difficulty with transferring your eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions, the following troubleshooting might help:

  • Authorize and deauthorize your Adobe Digital Editions and eReader by following the steps in the linked help pages.
  • If that fails, uninstall and reinstall Adobe Digital Editions. If you are using 4.5, try 3.0. You may also want to try to upgrade to 4.5 if you have been using 3.0.
  • Reauthorize both Adobe Digital Editions and your eReader after you have reinstalled the software.
  • If you are still unable to transfer your eBooks, please consult the community forums for help.

Need Help?

For more help, please visit the Overdrive help page.

Call us at 519-661-4600 during Library hours or send us your questions to

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OverDrive is a commercial service whose policies concerning privacy and user information differ from that of the London Public Library. For more information, please read OverDrive’s Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions of Use.