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How to read eBooks on your Android device

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You can open OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks in your web browser, or use OverDrive's app to download and read EPUB eBooks from your library's digital collection on your Android device.

If you have not yet borrowed an eBook from your library, learn how to here.

Reading eBooks in your browser

Reading eBooks using the OverDrive app

Open OverDrive for Android and tap an eBook from your app bookshelf to open it. If you have not yet borrowed an eBook from your library, learn how to here.

Note: If you're using the legacy version of our app, your app bookshelf will look different from the screenshot below, but these steps should still work for you.

Screenshot showing the app bookshelf

  • To go to the next page: Tap the right side of the screen, or swipe the screen from right to left.
    Visual of tapping the right side of the screen Visual of swipping the screen from right to left
  • To go to the previous page: Tap the left side of the screen, or swipe the screen from left to right.
    Visual of tapping the left side of the screen Visual of swipping the screen from left to right
  • Tap and hold a word, then tap the magnifying glass to look it up in the dictionary.
    If desired, you can edit the field in the dictionary pop-up. This allows you to search for different words or whole phrases in the dictionary or on Wikipedia.
    Screenshot showing the dictionary lookup
  • Tap the center of the screen to view your progress and to access the reader options.
    Diagram showing the reader menus
    The reader options on the action bar allow you to change eBook settings (font, layout, and more) and access additional features.
    Note: If you're using our legacy app, you won't see the action bar. If this is the case, go to Menu > Reader Settings to customize your settings.
  • Tap the middle of the screen to open the reader options, then swipe left or right to open the Home or Title menu.
    Note: If you're using our legacy app, the Home and Title menus won't be available. Instead, please use your Menu button to get to similar features.
    Screenshot showing the Home Menu Screenshot showing the Title Menu
  • To open a hyperlink in the eBook, tap and hold the link.
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 02:23PM EDT

How to read eBooks on your Android device

print it

You can open OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks in your web browser, or use OverDrive's app to download and read EPUB eBooks from your library's digital collection on your Android device.

If you have not yet borrowed an eBook from your library, learn how to here.

Reading eBooks in your browser

Reading eBooks using the OverDrive app

Open OverDrive for Android and tap an eBook from your app bookshelf to open it. If you have not yet borrowed an eBook from your library, learn how to here.

Note: If you're using the legacy version of our app, your app bookshelf will look different from the screenshot below, but these steps should still work for you.

Screenshot showing the app bookshelf

  • To go to the next page: Tap the right side of the screen, or swipe the screen from right to left.
    Visual of tapping the right side of the screen Visual of swipping the screen from right to left
  • To go to the previous page: Tap the left side of the screen, or swipe the screen from left to right.
    Visual of tapping the left side of the screen Visual of swipping the screen from left to right
  • Tap and hold a word, then tap the magnifying glass to look it up in the dictionary.
    If desired, you can edit the field in the dictionary pop-up. This allows you to search for different words or whole phrases in the dictionary or on Wikipedia.
    Screenshot showing the dictionary lookup
  • Tap the center of the screen to view your progress and to access the reader options.
    Diagram showing the reader menus
    The reader options on the action bar allow you to change eBook settings (font, layout, and more) and access additional features.
    Note: If you're using our legacy app, you won't see the action bar. If this is the case, go to Menu > Reader Settings to customize your settings.
  • Tap the middle of the screen to open the reader options, then swipe left or right to open the Home or Title menu.
    Note: If you're using our legacy app, the Home and Title menus won't be available. Instead, please use your Menu button to get to similar features.
    Screenshot showing the Home Menu Screenshot showing the Title Menu
  • To open a hyperlink in the eBook, tap and hold the link.
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