Kindle Devices

Use these instructions to use OverDrive with your Kindle. This is the newest format that OverDrive will work with, so please let the library know if you notice that any of these directions are no longer accurate.

Get Started With OverDrive

Make sure that Amazon is already set up to send books to your Kindle. If you have bought any books from Amazon for your Kindle, this is already done.

Searching with OverDrive

When searching for materials, look for “Kindle Book” as an available format.

Through the Buda Public Library’s catalog

  • Sign in to the catalog with your card number and phone number
  • Search for an item, just like you would search for a physical item.
  • If the item is in OverDrive, it will say _OverDrive in the Location column and OverDrive eBook/eAudioBook/Music/Video before the title.
  • Click on the title to bring up the record.
  • Click “Download this item”. That will take you to the CTDL page for that item.

After you sign in to your account, scroll down and click the OverDrive link to go to the CTDL catalog.

Through the CTDL catalog

  • Go to and sign in.
  • You can search for an item by keyword or browse by format and subject using the menus on the left column.

Director’s Suggestion

Having trouble finding items that are available for check out? Use the Advanced Search function to limit results to only what is available for checkout. Click on “Advanced Search” (to the right of the keyword search box) and click the box next to “Only show titles with copies available”. You can do this while searching by keyword or by format (Kindle Book).

Checking Out OverDrive Materials

Reserve a title: If an item is currently checked out, you can reserve it. Click the “Place a Reserve” link and enter your email address. OverDrive will email you when the item is available. You will have three days to return to the OverDrive site to download it. Get it by clicking on “My Account” in the green bar. Next, click “Holds”. You can check out the item from there.

If you do not stay signed in to your Amazon account:
  • Open another tab or window and go to
  • Sign in to your Amazon account.
  • Go back to the tab that has the OverDrive website open.
  • Make sure your Kindle is connected to a wireless internet connection.
  • Click the “Add to Cart” link across from the Kindle Book icon.
  • From there, you may continue browsing or go to checkout. You can have 5 items out at one time.
  • When you’re ready to check out, click “Proceed to Checkout”.
  • If you’re sure, click “Confirm check out”.
  • Next, click the “Get for Kindle” button to start the download.
  • This will take you to the Amazon website.
  • In the green box on the right side of the screen, make sure your Kindle is selected under “Deliver to:”.
  • Press the “Get library book” button.
Important to note:
Some books require that your Kindle be connected to a computer to get the ebook. These books say “Kindle devices via USB only” under the Kindle icon. You’ll need a USB cable to connect your Kindle to a computer to get these books.
  • Check out the ebook as usual.
  • Click the “Get for Kindle” button to start the download.
  • In the green box on the right side of the screen, under “Deliver to:” make sure “Transfer via computer” is selected.
  • Click “Get library book”.
  • On the next screen, choose your Kindle and click "Continue".
  • Hover over “Your Account” on the upper-right side of the screen.
  • Click on “Manage Your Kindle”.
  • Verify that the title you've just checked out is listed under 'Your Kindle Library'.
  • On your Kindle, open the Kindle Reading App.
  • You'll find the library title under Archive. You may need to use the Sync button to make the title appear.
  • Tap the title you want to read to download it to the device, just like any other Kindle Book.

Circulation Guidelines

  • 5 items can be checked out on an account
  • 3 items can be reserved
  • eBooks are checked out for 14 days.
  • There are no renewals. If your check out time is up, the item will return to the library. If no one else has reserved it, you may check it out and download it again.

Return eBooks Early

If you finish with an item you have checked out early, you can return it. This will help speed up holds list and also allow you to check out more items.
  • Go to and sign in to your Amazon account.
  • Hover over “Your Account” on the upper-right side of the screen.
  • Click on “Manage Your Kindle”.
  • Find the title of the ebook that you want to return early.
  • Click the “Actions…” button to the right of the title.
  • Select “Return this book”.
  • Click “Yes”.
OverDrive updates its website and apps frequently. If these instructions are no longer accurate, please let the library staff know.