The idea behind our browser-based reading experience (OverDrive Read) is simple. When you see a book you like, you can start reading it with just a single click. We call this, "See book, read book," and it opens up all sorts of possibilities.
Since OverDrive Read uses HTML5, most up-to-date web browsers are compatible. You can read on your computer (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux), your phone (iOS 6+ or Android 2.3+), and your tablet (iOS 6+, Android 2.3+, or Windows 8). You can read more about compatibility here.
With an internet connection, your reading progress and bookmarks will sync and show up on whatever device you use to open an OverDrive Read eBook.
Try an OverDrive Read sample now to see how it works.
How do I use OverDrive Read?
When you click or tap Read next to a title on your library Bookshelf or open an eBook sample, it will open in a new tab in your browser.
Click or tap the right or left edges of the eBook to turn pages.
Click or tap and hold a word to define it, make a note, or highlight some text.
Click or tap the bookmark icon in the upper-right to save your position.
To open the Read menu on larger screens, select the Menu button at the top of the screen.
Or, on smaller devices (like smartphones), tap the middle of the screen, then the menu icon.
You can scroll up and down to see all of the menu options, or use the icons in the top-right corner to navigate to each section of the menu.
Use the table of contents (called "Chapters" in the menu) to navigate quickly through an eBook.
You can search for a word or phrase from within the eBook text.
Change the readability options to control how an eBook is displayed.
Note:Fixed layout eBooks don't have readability options since the publisher decides how each page looks in the reader.
- Use the "Text scale" slider to adjust the size of the text within an eBook.
- Select either day or night mode under "Lighting."
- Tap or click through the various book designs to find the one you like.
Note: If you're looking for a sepia option, make sure no "Lighting" option is selected, then choose Paperback under "Book Design."
- If you prefer to create your own book design, select DIY.
Download (cache) a book so you can read it later in your browser without an internet connection.
Note: Most fixed layout eBooks are too large to completely cache in your browser, but you'll be able to download a portion of the eBook to read offline. Narrated eBooks are too large to cache in your browser, and do not offer the download option.
Some OverDrive Read books come with professional narration. You can learn more about that here.
A few things to keep in mind
Internet Explorer 10 or newer is required for OverDrive Read.