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 the OverDrive app, you can use your web browser to borrow and read OverDrive Read eBooks, or borrow and deliver Kindle Books (U.S. only) to a Kindle or Kindle reading app. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's OverDrive website on overdrive.com, then skip to the "Borrow and enjoy" section below.

Set up the OverDrive app

  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.
    Get books list in the OverDrive app
  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.

Borrow and enjoy

Choose the image below that looks like the titles on your library's website.
  1. On your library's OverDrive website, look for an available title to borrow. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap it, then tap Borrow, or tap its jacket to open the details page (where you can read a description, change your lending period, borrow the title, and more).
    If prompted, sign in.
    The borrow link on a title from a search results page. See instructions above.
    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.
  2. (Optional) If you borrow a title from its details page, the Borrow button will change to show our recommendation for how to enjoy the title on your device. This could be adding the title to the OverDrive app or opening it in your browser.
    Title details page where the Borrow button turned to Add to app
  3. Go to your Checkouts page (under My account) to see all your options for borrowed titles. From there, you can:
    • Tap Add to app to add an eBook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If the eBook comes in multiple downloadable formats, tap Choose a format, then select EPUB eBook to add it to the OverDrive app.

      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook, and you can't choose the Kindle Book format from within the OverDrive app. If you're interested in getting the Kindle Book format (U.S. only), make sure to use your web browser instead of the OverDrive app.
    • Tap Add to app to add an audiobook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Choose a format, then Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to go to Amazon's website, complete checkout, and send the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      The choose a format menu expanded to show Kindle Book option.
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Read now to open an eBook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about reading eBooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Read.
      Read now button
      Note: OverDrive Read is not yet optimized for Windows Phone, so you may have a better experience if you download eBooks instead.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 there, 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.
  3. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account) on your library's OverDrive website. From here, you can:
    • Tap Download to download an eBook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If the eBook comes in multiple formats, tap Download, then EPUB eBook, then Confirm & Download.
      EPUB download option for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook, and you can't choose the Kindle Book format from within the OverDrive app. If you're interested in getting the Kindle Book format (U.S. only), make sure to use your web browser (instead of the OverDrive app) to deliver Kindle Books.
    • Tap Download to download an audiobook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app.
      Download option for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.
    • Web browser only (not in the app): Tap Download, then Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to go to Amazon's website, complete checkout, and send the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
      Kindle Book option for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • 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.
      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 checkouts page. See instructions above
  4. 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 will need to authorize OverDrive for Windows Phone using an Adobe ID.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 02:13PM EST