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The idea behind our new browser-based reading experience (OverDrive Read) is simple. When you see a book you like, you can start reading it with just a single click. We call this, “see book, read book,” and it opens up all sorts of possibilities.
Since Read uses HTML5, most current web browsers are compatible. You can read on your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux), your phone (iOS v5+ or Android v2.3+), and your tablet (iOS v5+ or Android v2.3+). You can read more about compatibility here.
When you click or tap Read next to a title on your bookshelf or open an eBook sample, a new tab in your browser opens to something like this:
Click or tap the right or left edges of the eBook to turn pages.
Click or tap the bookmark icon in the upper-left to save your position.
On larger screens, the menu should show up on the right. On smaller screens, the menu will be hidden. If this is the case, swipe down from (or click on) the top of the page to show the menu.
Select a navigation button to jump to a section of the menu. Use the Menu toggle to show or hide the menus.
Use the table of contents to navigate quickly through an eBook.
Select Bookmarks to navigate bookmarks you've placed in an eBook.
You can use search to look up a word or phrase from within the eBook text.
Change the readability options to control how the eBook is displayed.
Tap or click on an option to change the setting.
Tap or click the name of each option to return to the default eBook setting.
OverDrive recommends Google Chrome as a strong HTML5 browser (great for OverDrive Read) that works across multiple platforms.
If you're using Internet Explorer with OverDrive Read, you may be prompted with the option to install the free 'Chrome Frame plug-in' or use an alternative browser when opening an eBook. If you prefer, you can also choose to use OverDrive Read Basic, a reduced-feature version of OverDrive Read.