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Digital Parents: Sora / Overdrive

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Sora

Do you need a way to access books when an internet connection or mobile app is not available? 

To support this need, we’ve added the option to download titles for offline use at soraapp.com.

Note: This new option is available for students using either Chrome or Firefox. Students will need to download books over an internet connection before reading offline.

How does this work?
When a student visits soraapp.com, we’ll check to see if their browser has enough offline storage to support book downloads. If enough storage is available, soraapp.com will allow students to download books for offline use, just like in the Android and iOS apps. When offline mode is supported, Sora displays “Download settings” in the right menu.

How can students access their downloaded titles offline?
In Chrome, soraapp.com will prompt students to add a shortcut to Sora for an easy way to get back to their downloaded books when offline. Once offline, students can simply open their Sora shortcut and navigate to their Shelf.

Students using Firefox can add a bookmark to soraapp.com and easily return to their downloaded books.
 

How to

SORA on your iPhone / Android device

You can use the OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from your library or school. The OverDrive app is available for Android and iOS.

Step 1: 

Download the app from your device's app store.

iTunes (needs a VPN)

Google Play

Step 2:

  • Open the Sora app.  Choose: Find my school.
  • Choose Western Academy of Beijing  
  • Choose either Western Academy of Beijing (for students) or WAB Parent Login
  • Sign in with your WAB login.
    •  Students and staff: Use the part of your email address BEFORE the @wab.edu   (e.g.18ianj)
    •  Parents use your parent portal login email and the password:  wabtiger.

You now have access to the WAB OverDrive / Sora catalogue and can start borrowing books!

Overdrive

Instructions

OverDrive on your Mac

Step 1: Finding a book

Go to http://overdrive.wab.edu

Login with your WAB  details:

Students and staff: Use your WAB email/password (just the part before @wab.edu)

Parents: Use the parent portal email to login, with the password wabtiger.

 

 Selecting a book

  • Select the book you want and choose: Borrow > Checkout
  • You have the option to either read / listen in your browser (requires an internet connection)  OR
  • Download to your laptop (for offline reading / listening). Remember where you put the file! (see below)

 

Listening to Audiobooks offline.

  • Download OverDrive for Mac in the app store or here.
  • Open the app.  Choose  File > Open  and find the .odm  audiofile. 
  • Select it, upload into the app. it should start downloading the audio content.  You can either listen in the OverDrive app, or transfer the files to any audio device connected to your laptop using the app.

 

 Reading e-books offline

To download and read an  eBook offline, you will need to download and authorize Adobe Digital Editions.  Students can download from the self-service portal.

  • Download the DMG file, double click the installer and follow the prompts to install.
  • Now you need to authorize the app. Under the help menu select: Authorize computer
  • Choose Adobe ID (NOT Overdrive) and use your WAB details to create the account.
  • You are now able to download books and read them offline with ADE.
Resources created by Stephen Taylor, Nadine Bailey and Doug Taylor for the Parents and Faculty of Western Academy of Beijing.