Adding Public Library Content to your Kobo ebook Reader


74 comments posted
The reason there aren't

The reason there aren't infinite copies of an ebook available through your library is that they have licenced 1 or more copies, and paid for those copies. If there is a greater demand, they need to licence more copies. The author is not paid every time someone reads their ebook, but every time someone buys one. If several hundred people read one copy, the author is paid a royalty for one copy, which is generally not enough for a cup of coffee. Books are not free. Books are work. People get paid for work. Even authors.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 12:00
 I was being facetious with

 I was being facetious with my comments.  I absolutely know that authors need to be paid.  What I'm saying is that there is no need to treat an ebook like a paper book and say only one person can read it at one time.  That would be like visiting the website of the Newspaper The Globe and Mail and it saying, sorry someone else is reading this right now, you'll have to wait. It is easy to make inifinite copies of electronic things, there is no reason why only '1' copy of the book is available.  I'm sure in a fair world there would also be a licensing fee for infinite copies that wouldn't be ridiculously priced. 
Moral is that ebooks shouldn't be treated like paper books.  There is no reason for it.

Posted by tim ribaric on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 10:28

Your instructions are clear and very helpful, I only wish I had read them before I installed Adobe Digital Editions...the first time I went to use I skipped through the authorize computer step, and now I'm right messed up! ( I was too excited to get reading!) I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling but that does not seem to work, it seems to pick up where I was before. Any help you could give, I'd be very grateful for.

Posted by Meaghan (not verified) on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 18:20
 ADE doesn't uninstall the

 ADE doesn't uninstall the whole way unfortunately. It leaves lots of little traces of itself on your computer.  What you need to do is run something like Revo Uninstaller to clear it out totally.  After that re-installing should work.

Posted by tim ribaric on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:38
adding content

Great help, easy enough once shown how to do it. Thanks. RM

Posted by Robert (not verified) on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 08:05
Thank you. This process was

Thank you. This process was a mystery to me until I googled your instructions. Five minutes, problem solved. If I'd read this first, I'd have avoided a lot of frustration. THANKS!

Posted by Joanne (not verified) on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 20:51
Thank you

The information really helped me to transfer my borrowed book contents to my Kobo. I was stuck but am very happy now! Many thanks!

Posted by Momo (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 04:07
Thanks for your helpful notes and can we use bits of it please?

Came across your very helpful notes here Tim when I was trying to get extra assistance in helping one of our library customers use her Kobo. Can we please adapt it with screen shots of our library and use it as a general guide for our library users?

We've found that the process with Adobe Digital Editions works similarly with other branded e-readers. As some of the other comments here attest, process is a little different for Macs.

Warm greetings from an Australian Public Library.


Posted by Arthur McConnachie (not verified) on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 01:19
 Hi Arthur,   By all means.

 Hi Arthur,
  By all means.  Remix away.  I don't mention specifically.  (All though I really should) all material on this site is Creative Commons Licensed: CC-BY.  
Good Luck!

Posted by tim ribaric on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 09:56

I just got a kobo for the first time and I'm having trouble transferring an EPUB file to my library. I downloaded it off of and tried dragging and dropping it into the library of the kobo desktop, but it isn't working. It's a regular kobo touch, not a vox. I'm not sure if I should download this program here of if I'm doing something wrong. Here's a screencap of the kobo program if that's helpful at all

Posted by Jan (not verified) on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 16:44
 Well it looks like you are

 Well it looks like you are using the Kobo Desktop App.  You'll need to use Adobe Digital Editons if you want to push content to your Kobo that you didn't purchase from the Kobo store.

Posted by tim ribaric on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 10:46
Adding Public Library Content to your Kobo ebook Reader

I hooked my Kobo Vox Ereader Moodel K080-KBO-G up to my pc & then downloaded the Adobe file as listed, but it has not auto-detected my Kobo. I have tried deleting the file & reloading it, but it still does not recognize the Kobo.

Any suggestions?

Posted by Luke (not verified) on Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:13
In case this isn't answered

In case this isn't answered somewhere else.

The vox has a different method to borrow books. You need to download the Overdrive app from the overdrive site. When you select Android, there is a link below the Google Play button that says (in fine print) that it is for devices that do not support Android Market.
All the book borrowing is done directly from the app

You do have to link it to your library.

Posted by Kevin (not verified) on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 20:28
  Sorry.  I know the

  Sorry.  I know the instructions will work for a Kobo classic or Kobo Touch.  I thought it would work just fine for the Vox but I guess not.  Until Kobo sends me one I won't be able to update the instructions. :)

Posted by tim ribaric on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 08:55

Thank you so much for this post. I spent about 4 hours at my public Library in Brampton trying to get help doing this. There were three people who work at the Library trying to help me on different occasions but none of them could. They claimed that they were not trained on it. I came home and googled it and got your post. I could not believe how simple it was. The only part they had left out or did not know about was the click and drag from the download file into the ADE and then clicking and dragging into the KOBO. WOW!!! All that time and this was it. I should tell them to google your post and get their training. Now that I think about it I should have googled it at the library, it would have helped them have a better understanding of the whole process for the next customer that comes in looking for help. Thanks again.

Posted by Lori (not verified) on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:50
I will be going to the

I will be going to the Brampton library shortly and will take all this information including your post. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 12:55
Small Kobo issue

Thank you for the great instructions! I went through them and everything worked as you detailed except the final step, the reading of the books on the Kobo. When my Kobo is connected to my Mac, and I open ADE, I can see the books that I want under the Kobo heading in the left side menu. I can also see that the books are on the Kobo when I doubleclick the Kobo icon on my desktop. However, when I disconnect the Kobo from the Mac and go to the Kobo library the books are not there.

I sent the initial download of the Kobo software to the trash and downloaded it again but no change. In addition, the books I want to transfer to the Kobo were already in the new downloaded version of ADE (probably due to the "uninstall" feature, or lack of it, on the Mac!).

Any ideas?

Posted by Anne Louise (not verified) on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 15:58
Ummm. I'm not really sure

Ummm. I'm not really sure what can be done here.  I've heard that MAC were having trouble with this uploading process.  You might want to try using a un-install program to truly clear out ADE before trying it. Something like Revo Uninstall I guess.

Posted by tim ribaric on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 13:55
Kobo Reader

I applaud your taking the time to help me. I would never have done it without your help!

Posted by Carolyn (not verified) on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 22:13
Thanks so much!! This was

Thanks so much!! This was very helpful, worked just like you said. I really appreciate that you took the time to put this on the net.

Posted by Sharon (not verified) on Sat, 02/04/2012 - 21:33
Kobo reader

Thank you so much. I have been trying with no success to run my library book through Calibre to get it on my Kobo. Have you used this option? I had NO success but your suggestion worked. tedious. Thanks.

Posted by DWCanadian (not verified) on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 18:33
Kobo link to library

Surely the answer is--- someone should write an AP which would link the Kobo with any library you enter automatically. I would pay for a copy. Would you?
Thanks for the yoeman instructions. You have my vote for sanity saver of the year.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 20:51
The only think to keep in

The only think to keep in mind with Calibre is that it won't touch anything that has DRM on it.  So the Adobe Digital Editions stuff probably won't copy over easily.  I do use Calibre to load up other content on the Kobo and it works like a charm. 

Posted by tim ribaric on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:59
Kobo reader for ADE content

thanks so much for your post. you're right, there was no where else that i could find any instructions for accessing the library (even though my local library recently had a draw for a kobo reader). I followed your instructions and have a couple of new books on my kobo to enjoy on the commute into work. It only took about 30 minutes, the Adobe download was very quick. It was actually longer to find an available ebook that I wanted to borrow and then to find the acm file to drag and drop into the ADE application.

Posted by Kingsley (not verified) on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 02:57

It was't easy, but i finally have two new ebooks that I requested over a month ago ?? from my library. Now this is going to sound dumb - but do I only have three weeks to read these books? Will they disappear after that time off my Kobo? Thanks again.

Posted by nicole (not verified) on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:27
I believe your checkout will

I believe your checkout will begin once you download the book from Adobe.  After the time expires your book just wont' open.  So it look like it's time to read.

Posted by tim ribaric on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 09:56
Thank you SO much for taking

Thank you SO much for taking the time to lay this out so clearly. It gave me a place to start- and yet it still took me over 6 hours- yes, HOURS- to figure it out because ADE kept giving me an error message, which I EVENTUALLY dug to decode as meaning my computer's TIME ZONE was set incorrectly. If anyone else gets an "ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIRED" error message, check your time, date and TIME ZONE settings on your computer. I am too exhausted now to read the freakin' library book now...! but thanks!!!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 03:13
Holy Geeze.  I can't believe

Holy Geeze.  I can't believe it. It's a real shame these barrier keep cropping up.  (Judging by all the comments on this post) You'd think Adobe and Kobo would try to make life easier.

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:26
Thanks - KOBO

Tim - Thanks so much for the instructions - we have two KOBOs to set up - one on MAC, one regular PC - both now going - big thanks! Really disappointed KOBO didn't see fit to print similat set of instructions - caused us some frustration!

Has anyone figured out a step saving process to get from the public library site to KOBO without the save to file, open in ADE? this should be really simple...

Thanks again!

John B

Posted by John B (not verified) on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 13:58
Yeah, it would be great  if

Yeah, it would be great  if you could go directly from the Library site to the Kobo.  However I think you're stuck with Adobe sitting in the middle.  It's not quite the same but there is an Overdrive App that will browser the books directly but of course that cuts out putting them on the Kobo.

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:25
Dragging and dropping on Mac from AED to Kobereader

HI there, Thanks for your helpful instructions. I have successfully gotten through all the steps except when it comes time to drag and drop my ebook from Digital Editions onto my Koboereader file on my desktop. I have a Mac. Is there something I am doing wrong? I have registered with Adobe and everything, and re-started my Kobo a bunch of times. Adobe pulls the ebook (it is a epub file) back when I try to drag it over to the koboereader on my desktop. It won't let me drop it in. Please help. I am so close to be able to read on my kobo!!!

Posted by Margo (not verified) on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 11:03
I really wish I could provide

I really wish I could provide some insight on this (As a rule I don't touch Macs). Perhaps there is a menu option for 'Sync to Device' or something similar.

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:29
Just double click on library

Just double click on library file macs it automatically takes it into adobe digital editions :)

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 20:42
changing download destination file

When downloading files from my state library, it defaults to go to the Sony eReader software and it's like the address is "hard written" on the prompt. There's no way to change it there. I have purchased a Kobo and now would like to download books to it and evidently I will have to do that via Adobe Digital Editions. I have that installed and it has been for over a year. Although I was told I needed it when I bought the Sony, all books, no matter where I purchased or borrowed from downloaded directly to the Sony software. Does anyone know how to change that destination location when downloading a book? Thanks for your help

Posted by Becky (not verified) on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 10:49
I would try un-authorizing

I would try un-authorizing your Sony Reader in ADE so that it only has the Kobo as the only device visible.  Outside of that a complete reinstall of ADE might be the solution.

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:21
Thank you for your help :)

Thank you for your help :)

There were no instructions on my library website for e-readers, everything else but. :P

Posted by Alice (not verified) on Sat, 12/03/2011 - 22:36
Will try this!

Thanks, Tim! Googled this and got to your site!

Posted by jen thiessen (not verified) on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:31
transferring ebooks to Kobo reader

The clearest instructions I have found online! Thanks

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/22/2011 - 08:35
Thank you for clear instructions

Thank you;
I bought a KOBO today primarily to read library ebooks not to purchase stuff.
Unfortunately I only came across your instructions about two hours after I had spent almost five hours figuring out all of the steps by trial and error.... lots of error... lol
At least your step by step assured me that I hadn't missed any steps in the long run.
Thank you for going to the effort for us.

Posted by David Mulligan (not verified) on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 01:31
thank you

I don't know how to thank you. This is the first time I found a detailed (and correct) answer to my question. Finally, finally the frustration is over. I was really starting to think that I must be really dumb. You're as life saver :)

Posted by Sanda (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 18:13
Thanks for the help. I

Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.

Posted by John (not verified) on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 13:11
Thank you so much. The

Thank you so much. The frustration is over, and I refrained from chucking my laptop and Kobo off the deck.
Enough said.

Posted by TraceyM (not verified) on Wed, 09/21/2011 - 14:33

Oh my gosh thanks so much. I was going insane trying to figure out how to do this till I found this site. No where I read said to plug in the ereader before installing the program. Thanks so much really

Posted by Ashley (not verified) on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 23:47
Kobo has the file but doesn't read it

When I did the drag it worked at the beggining. Then I found the book in my Kobo, but it took forever to loading... I waited, and waited, and waited... nothing came up. I had to deleted it. Then I tried with a different book and still nothing. It's confusing and frustrating.
Any suggestions ?

Posted by Min (not verified) on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 13:32
Hmmm, sounds like there might

Hmmm, sounds like there might be something wrong with the reader itself.  You might want to reset it by pressing down the reset button with a paperclip and restarting the machine.  Careful though it will delete all the content already on the Kobo...

Posted by tim ribaric on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 14:24
Kobo touch

Hi Tim I just bought a kobo touch and I was just wondering if the same process works on the kobo touch?

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 10:19
Yup it sure does work with

Yup it sure does work with the touch.  Since writing this I've updated to the Touch and had no problems with getting content on it.

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:19

Thanks for taking the time to share this. It is rather cumbersome, especially the first run through.

Posted by Verlin (not verified) on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:19

hey, wish i would have found your directions before i tried it myself. I did figure it out but it took me 45 minutes. lol. are you running into problems with the size of the font? I've noticed when downloading from the library through the adobe program that it will not let me increase the font size.. and the font is probably a 6. teeny tiny print. makes me nuts. anyone know a way to fix this or am i just lucky that I could get it downloaded. lol

Posted by eadain (not verified) on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 22:38
Yup.  I've come across that

Yup.  I've come across that quite often actually.  No matter what font size you pick on the Kobo it always looks tiny.  Not very useful.  The only success I've had with fixing it is to bring the book to Calibre and have that convert it to a different font size.  The bad news is that Calibre will only work with books that have no DRM on them.  Which isn't that handy if you get a lot of books from Kobo directly.

Posted by tim ribaric on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 09:07
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