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What is OverDrive Read Basic and how does it work?

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OverDrive Read Basic is a version of OverDrive Read that is designed for legacy browsers (such as Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9) that do not support the HTML5 and CSS3 features used by OverDrive Read.

When you open an OverDrive Read eBook in an incompatible browser, you'll see the options to install a different browser or use OverDrive Read Basic.

How OverDrive Read Basic works

Scroll vertically through an eBook to move up or down in the text.

Use your browser's zoom feature to increase or decrease text size.

Click the bookmark icon in the upper left to bookmark a screenful of text.

Screenshot of unselected bookmark icon

Screenshot of selected book icon

Click the menu icon in the upper right to access a table of contents, your bookmarks, the search function, and readability options.

Screenshot of Menu icon

To return to your book from the menu, click Continue reading.

Screenshot of continue reading icon

If you jump around quickly in an eBook (for example, by clicking through the table of contents, or scrolling rapidly up or down), a back bar will temporarily appear. Click it to return to your original reading position.

Screenshot of back bar

In addition, you can use these shortcuts, or "hot keys," to navigate through an eBook in OverDrive Read Basic:

  • Right arrow, space: Go to next screenful of text
  • Left arrow, page up: Go to previous screenful of text
  • Enter: Access main menu
  • Esc: Close menu or dismiss back bar
  • b: Place a bookmark here
  • Backspace: Return to reading position (if back bar is showing)
  • Alt-shift-t: Access table of contents
  • Alt-shift-b: Access bookmarks
  • Alt-shift-s: Access search
  • Alt-shift-r: Access readability options
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014 01:10PM EDT

What is OverDrive Read Basic and how does it work?

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OverDrive Read Basic is a version of OverDrive Read that is designed for legacy browsers (such as Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9) that do not support the HTML5 and CSS3 features used by OverDrive Read.

When you open an OverDrive Read eBook in an incompatible browser, you'll see the options to install a different browser or use OverDrive Read Basic.

How OverDrive Read Basic works

Scroll vertically through an eBook to move up or down in the text.

Use your browser's zoom feature to increase or decrease text size.

Click the bookmark icon in the upper left to bookmark a screenful of text.

Screenshot of unselected bookmark icon

Screenshot of selected book icon

Click the menu icon in the upper right to access a table of contents, your bookmarks, the search function, and readability options.

Screenshot of Menu icon

To return to your book from the menu, click Continue reading.

Screenshot of continue reading icon

If you jump around quickly in an eBook (for example, by clicking through the table of contents, or scrolling rapidly up or down), a back bar will temporarily appear. Click it to return to your original reading position.

Screenshot of back bar

In addition, you can use these shortcuts, or "hot keys," to navigate through an eBook in OverDrive Read Basic:

  • Right arrow, space: Go to next screenful of text
  • Left arrow, page up: Go to previous screenful of text
  • Enter: Access main menu
  • Esc: Close menu or dismiss back bar
  • b: Place a bookmark here
  • Backspace: Return to reading position (if back bar is showing)
  • Alt-shift-t: Access table of contents
  • Alt-shift-b: Access bookmarks
  • Alt-shift-s: Access search
  • Alt-shift-r: Access readability options
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