Returning an E-book Early

OverDrive e-books have a checkout period just like printed materials in libraries do. The big difference, however, is that you do not have to return the e-books - they just disappear from your e-reader. How do they do this? Using a technology called Digital Rights Management (DRM).

But what if you'd like to return an e-book early? The e-book must be deleted from both your e-reader and from Adobe Digital Editions.

To delete from your e-reader:

  1. Connect your device to your computer

  2. Open Adobe Digital Editions

  3. Open the Library View, which is the icon of 3 books in the upper left:
    Library View of Adobe Digital Editions

  4. Click the icon for your e-reader

  5. Click once on the book you would like to return

  6. Click the arrow to the top and left of the book cover; choose "Return Borrowed Item"

  7. When asked "Are you sure you want to return this item?" click "Return"

  8. The book cover and the e-book should be erased from your e-reader

To delete from Adobe Digital Editions:
  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on "All Items"

  2. Click once on the book you would like to return

  3. Click the arrow to the top and left of the book cover; choose "Return Borrowed Item"
    Return Overdrive ebook

  4. When asked "Are you sure you want to return this item?", click "Return"
    Return Overdrive ebooks

  5. The book cover should now have disappeared and the book has been returned
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