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 enjoy titles without installing an app, you can use your web browser to read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks or watch streaming videos. To use your browser instead of the OverDrive app, find your library's digital collection website on, then skip to step 4 in the instructions below.

Note: OverDrive for Windows 8 is compatible with Windows RT tablets (like the Surface RT and Surface 2) as well as Windows 8 computers and devices.

How to get titles using Windows 8

  1. Install OverDrive for Windows 8 from the Windows Store, and sign up for (or sign into) your OverDrive account.
  2. Select a library from your list to go to its digital collection website.
    If your list is empty, or you need to add a new library, select Add a library and follow the prompts.
    Screenshot showing your library list in OverDrive for Windows 8
  3. On your library 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.
  4. When you find a title that looks interesting, tap or mouse over it, then select Borrow.
    Screenshot of the borrow button
    Or, select more to view the title's details page. From here, select Borrow.
    If prompted, sign in.
    Screenshot of the borrow button
    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.
  5. Your library Bookshelf will open, displaying the title(s) you've borrowed. From here, you can:
    • Select Read (In your browser) to open the eBook with OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.
      Screenshot of the Read in your browser button for OverDrive Read.
    • Select Play to begin watching a streaming video in your browser.
      Screenshot of the Play button on your library bookshelf.
    • Or, select a format from the Download drop-down menu, then tap or click Confirm & Download.
      Screenshot of the download options for a borrowed eBook
      • Select EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook to download and add the title to your app bookshelf.
      • Select Kindle Book (U.S. libraries only) to complete checkout on Amazon's website and send the title to your Kindle reading app or Kindle Cloud Reader.

If you'd like to learn more about reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, streaming videos, or getting periodicals using Windows 8, we can help with that too.

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015 09:36AM EDT