If you own a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™, you’ll be pleased to know that borrowing eBooks (in EPUB and PDF formats) and audiobooks from the library has become much easier.  All you need is an Alameda County Library card, the OverDrive app from Android store, and a Nook account.

Last week, Barnes & Noble added the OverDrive Media Console app to the Nook Apps storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.

All NOOK devices, including NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, enable users to read eBooks borrowed from libraries and schools, but the process formerly required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks and audiobooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.

Users can visit the Nook Apps  storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app. The app enables users to locate a nearby library, search their eBook and MP3 audiobook collection and, after entering a valid library card number, check out and download the title for a lending period of one to three weeks.  At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.

The version of OverDrive Media Console available in the NOOK Apps storefront is OMC for Android v2.5.  Instructions found on OverDrive Help pages related to OMC for Android will apply to the NOOK app. While the app is free, users will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app.

If you wish to return eBooks early, you only need to launch OverDrive app on your Nook, select the title you wish to return, click on the arrow to the left of the title, and select “Return Borrowed Item.”