The OverDrive app is a great way to quickly find and get eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and periodicals from your library or school.

If you'd rather read eBooks without installing an app, you can use your web browser to read books in the OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader formats. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's digital collection website on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

How to get titles on your Android device

  1. Install OverDrive's app from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, or, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
    Note: If you're using a legacy version of our app, you won't be prompted to sign up for or sign into an OverDrive account.
  2. From the app, tap the icon in the top-left corner to open the Home menu to see your library 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 an available title. 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.
    Screenshot of the borrow button
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of "Borrow" button on title's details page
    Note: If you're getting a magazine or newspaper, you'll see Send to NOOK app instead of Borrow. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  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) option
    • 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, streaming videos, or getting periodicals on your Android device, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2015 04:22PM EST