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How to get audiobooks, eBooks, and streaming video using an Android device

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The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly borrow and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library or school.

If you'd rather enjoy titles without installing an app, you can use your web browser to read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks or watch streaming video. To read eBooks or watch video directly in your browser, skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

You can find your library's digital collection using the Add a library feature in the app or by running a search on overdrive.com. When you sign up for an OverDrive account, you can save your libraries and enjoy other great features.

Note:If you're using a legacy version of our app, you can find a library using the "Get Books" feature, and you won't be prompted to create or log into an OverDrive account

How to borrow titles on your Android device

  1. Install OverDrive's app from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, or app.overdrive.com, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. From the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu to find your saved libraries list.
    Or, if you're using the legacy version of our app, tap the Get Books button icon near the top-right-corner of the screen (if you don't have this button, go to Menu > Get Books).
    Note: The Menu button typically looks like this Example menu button, or this Example menu button.
  3. Tap a library from the list to go to its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, tap Add a Library and follow the prompts.
  4. On your library website, look for a title that's available to borrow. You can:
    • Browse the titles on the home page.
    • Use the menu at the top of the page to browse categories.
    • Run a search.
  5. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap or mouse over it, then tap Borrow to check it out.

    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of "Borrow" button on title's details page
  6. Your library bookshelf will open, displaying the title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Tap Read (In your browser) to open the eBook with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Screenshot of Read (in your browser) optionScreenshot of the Read in your browser button for MediaDo Reader.
    • Tap Add to app to add streaming video to your app bookshelf.
      Screenshot of "Add to app" button
    • Or, select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then tap Confirm & Download.
      Screenshot of the download options for a borrowed eBook
      • Select EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook to download and add the title to your app bookshelf.
      • Select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, or streaming video on your Android device, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 02:23PM EDT

How to get audiobooks, eBooks, and streaming video using an Android device

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The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly borrow and enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library or school.

If you'd rather enjoy titles without installing an app, you can use your web browser to read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks or watch streaming video. To read eBooks or watch video directly in your browser, skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

You can find your library's digital collection using the Add a library feature in the app or by running a search on overdrive.com. When you sign up for an OverDrive account, you can save your libraries and enjoy other great features.

Note:If you're using a legacy version of our app, you can find a library using the "Get Books" feature, and you won't be prompted to create or log into an OverDrive account

How to borrow titles on your Android device

  1. Install OverDrive's app from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, or app.overdrive.com, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. From the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu to find your saved libraries list.
    Or, if you're using the legacy version of our app, tap the Get Books button icon near the top-right-corner of the screen (if you don't have this button, go to Menu > Get Books).
    Note: The Menu button typically looks like this Example menu button, or this Example menu button.
  3. Tap a library from the list to go to its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, tap Add a Library and follow the prompts.
  4. On your library website, look for a title that's available to borrow. You can:
    • Browse the titles on the home page.
    • Use the menu at the top of the page to browse categories.
    • Run a search.
  5. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap or mouse over it, then tap Borrow to check it out.

    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow to check it out.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of "Borrow" button on title's details page
  6. Your library bookshelf will open, displaying the title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Tap Read (In your browser) to open the eBook with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Screenshot of Read (in your browser) optionScreenshot of the Read in your browser button for MediaDo Reader.
    • Tap Add to app to add streaming video to your app bookshelf.
      Screenshot of "Add to app" button
    • Or, select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then tap Confirm & Download.
      Screenshot of the download options for a borrowed eBook
      • Select EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook to download and add the title to your app bookshelf.
      • Select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, or streaming video on your Android device, we can help with that too.

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