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

If you'd rather enjoy titles without installing an app, you can use your web browser to borrow and read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks, watch some streaming videos, and send free digital periodicals to supported devices. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's OverDrive website on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

How to get titles on your Windows Phone 8

  1. Install OverDrive's app from the Windows Phone store.
  2. In the app, swipe from left to right to get to the "get books" screen.
  3. Tap a library from your list to open its OverDrive website.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, tap find a library and follow the prompts.
  4. On your library's OverDrive 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 it, then tap Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, tap more to view the title's details page. From here, tap Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow button on a title details page
    Note: If you're using your web browser instead of the OverDrive app, you may see digital magazines and newspapers available from your library or school. These will have a Send to NOOK app button instead of a Borrow button. See getting started with periodicals for more help.
  6. Find titles you've borrowed on your Bookshelf (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Tap Download to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Download button for an eBook on your library Bookshelf
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Read to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn more about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Note: OverDrive Read is not yet optimized for Windows Phone, so you may have a better experience if you download eBooks instead.
      Read option on your library Bookshelf. See instructions above
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Play to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      Note: Some videos, like those from Starz, cannot be played on Windows Phone.
      Play button on your library Bookshelf. See instructions above
  7. If you downloaded an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook, tap ok, then ok again to open your app bookshelf. From there, tap a title to begin reading or listening.
    App bookshelf

Note: If this is your first time downloading an eBook, you may need to authorize OverDrive for Windows Phone using an Adobe ID.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2015 04:09PM EDT