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

If you'd rather read eBooks or listen to audiobooks without installing an app, you can use your web browser to borrow and read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks and listen to OverDrive Listen audiobooks. 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 for Windows 8 from the Windows Store. The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
    Note: If you're under 13, you may have multiple sign-in options. Learn which under-13 option is right for you here.
  2. In the app, select a library from your "My libraries" list to go to its OverDrive website.
    If your list is empty, or you want to add a new library, select Add a library and follow the prompts.
    Library list. See instructions above

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 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 on the search results page
    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 with Borrow button turned to Read now. See instructions above.
  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 or audiobook to your bookshelf in the OverDrive app. If an eBook comes in multiple downloadable formats, tap Choose a format, then select EPUB eBook to add it to the OverDrive app.
      Choose a format drop-down on the Checkouts page. See instructions above
    • Select Watch now to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
    • Select 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.
      Choose a format menu expanded to show Kindle option
      Note: You can only choose one downloadable format for each eBook.
    • Select 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 or MediaDo Reader.
    • Select Listen now to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, streaming videos, or getting periodicals, we can help with that too.

  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 or mouse over it, then select Borrow.
    Borrow button on a title's jacket
    Or, select more to view the title's details page. From there, select Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Borrow button on the title details page
    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.
  3. Find titles you've borrowed on your Checkouts page (under your Account). From there, you can:
    • Select Download to download an eBook or audiobook. If there are multiple download formats available, select one, then tap or click the Confirm link. You can only choose one download format for each title.
      Confirm link for a title with multiple download formats. See instructions above.
    • Select Play to begin watching a streaming video in a new tab in your browser.
      Play button on the checkouts page
    • Select Read 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 or MediaDo Reader.
      Read button for a borrowed eBook. See instructions above.
    • Select Listen to open an audiobook in a new tab in your browser, without downloading it to the OverDrive app. To learn about listening to audiobooks in your browser, visit our help articles about OverDrive Listen.
      Listen button for a borrowed audiobook. See instructions above.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, streaming videos, or getting periodicals, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 03:39PM EST