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How to use OverDrive Read, OverDrive's browser-based eBook reader

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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, or Linux), your phone (iOS 7+, Android 2.3+, or Windows Phone 8), and your tablet (iOS 7+, Android 2.3+, or Windows RT/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 book.

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 access definitions, notes, and highlights.

Click or tap the bookmark icon in the upper-right to save your position.

To open the menu, tap or click the center of the screen, then select the Read icon.

OverDrive Read 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.

Screenshot showing the Table of Contents panel

Use the "Marks" section to view bookmarks, highlights, and notes you've placed in an eBook. Select a marked passage to open it in the reader.

Screenshot showing the Marks panel

You can use search to look up a word or phrase from within the eBook text.

Screenshot showing a search with results

Change the readability options to control how an eBook is displayed.

Screenshot showing the readability options
  • 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.
    Screenshot showing the DIY options

Download (cache) a book so you can read it later in your browser without an internet connection.

Screenshot showing the download panel

A few things to keep in mind

OverDrive recommends Google Chrome as a strong HTML5 browser (great for OverDrive Read) that works across multiple platforms.

Internet Explorer 10 or newer is required for OverDrive Read.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014 05:17PM EDT

How to use OverDrive Read, OverDrive's browser-based eBook reader

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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, or Linux), your phone (iOS 7+, Android 2.3+, or Windows Phone 8), and your tablet (iOS 7+, Android 2.3+, or Windows RT/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 book.

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 access definitions, notes, and highlights.

Click or tap the bookmark icon in the upper-right to save your position.

To open the menu, tap or click the center of the screen, then select the Read icon.

OverDrive Read 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.

Screenshot showing the Table of Contents panel

Use the "Marks" section to view bookmarks, highlights, and notes you've placed in an eBook. Select a marked passage to open it in the reader.

Screenshot showing the Marks panel

You can use search to look up a word or phrase from within the eBook text.

Screenshot showing a search with results

Change the readability options to control how an eBook is displayed.

Screenshot showing the readability options
  • 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.
    Screenshot showing the DIY options

Download (cache) a book so you can read it later in your browser without an internet connection.

Screenshot showing the download panel

A few things to keep in mind

OverDrive recommends Google Chrome as a strong HTML5 browser (great for OverDrive Read) that works across multiple platforms.

Internet Explorer 10 or newer is required for OverDrive Read.

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