You can download (cache) an OverDrive Read eBook in your web browser so you can read it later offline (without an internet connection).

If you make notes and highlights when you're reading offline, they should save and sync once you connect to the internet again on that device.

Note: ​Some eBooks (especially those with pictures) are too large to completely cache in your browser. In those cases, you'll only be able to save a portion of the book for offline reading. Narration for read-along eBooks always requires an internet connection.

How to save an eBook for offline reading:

  1. Open the OverDrive Read menu.

    (On a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen to bring up the menu icon.)
  2. Select Offline Access.
  3. iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) only: Tap the Alternatively, you can download in Safari link at the bottom of the panel, then continue to step 4. Or, use the instructions below to add the eBook to your home screen instead.
  4. Select the cloud icon to save the book for offline reading.
    Offline Access panel with cloud icon. See instructions above
    Once you select the cloud, the book you're reading is saved to your browser's cache.
  5. Save the URL (address) for the OverDrive Read eBook you downloaded (we recommend bookmarking it in your browser).

Once you're offline, you'll need to open your web browser and go to the URL of the OverDrive Read eBook (or, just open your browser bookmark) to keep reading it. You can do this without an internet connection.

How to remove a saved OverDrive Read eBook

If you need to save some space on your device, you can remove saved eBooks from your browser's cache. Follow the steps below to clear eBooks individually.

Note: If you clear your browser's cache completely, you'll also clear all OverDrive Read eBooks you've downloaded.

  1. Open the OverDrive Read eBook you'd like to remove.
  2. Open the OverDrive Read menu.
  3. Select Offline Access.
  4. Click or tap the cloud icon.
  5. Select the X twice to clear the book from your browser cache.
    X icon in the Offline access panel. See instructions above

There's no limit to the number of times you can download an OverDrive Read eBook, so if you clear it from your cache, you can download it again whenever you want during the lending period.

On iOS devices, how to add the eBook to your home screen:

As an alternative to downloading the book in Safari, you can also save an individual OverDrive Read eBook to your iOS device's home screen to read it offline. Here's how it works:

  1. With the eBook open, tap the Share button (which looks like this: Share icon) in the Safari browser.
  2. Tap Add to Home Screen, then Add.
    Add to home option. See instructions above
  3. Open the book from your home screen, then sign into your library (if prompted).
  4. Tap the center of the screen, then the menu icon.
  5. Tap Offline Access. The book should start downloading automatically, but if it doesn't, tap the cloud icon.
    It may take a few minutes to finish preparing and downloading, depending on your internet connection and the size of the book.
    Download-in-progress for an OverDrive Read eBook. See instructions above
  6. Once the download is finished, you're ready to go offline.
    Successfully cached OverDrive Read eBook. See instructions above

When you're finished reading the book or its lending period expires, you can remove the icon from your home screen like any other iOS app.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2016 04:09PM EDT