You can download (cache) an OverDrive Read eBook on your computer or device so you can read it later offline (without an internet connection) using your web browser.

Note: If you're using an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), please see the second set of instructions below.

For most devices (except iOS), do this to read offline:

Open the Read menu on larger screens by selecting the Menu button at the top of the screen.

Read menu icon on a larger screen

Or, on smaller devices (like smartphones), tap the middle of the screen, then the Menu icon.

Read menu icon on a smaller screen

Select the cloud icon under the "Download" section to save the book for offline reading.

Download section in the OverDrive Read menu

Note: Not all browsers are compatible with offline reading mode. If you're using an iOS device, it works a little differently. Please use the second set of instructions to use offline mode.

Once you click the cloud, the book you're reading is saved to your browser's cache. Please note that if you clear the cache, you'll also clear any OverDrive Read eBooks you've downloaded. There is no limit to the number of times you can download these eBooks, so you can download them again whenever you need to during the lending period.

Note: Some eBooks (especially those with pictures or narration) are too large to completely cache in your browser, so you'll only be able to save a portion of the book.

If you need to save some space on your device, click the cloud, then the X twice to clear a book from your browser cache.

Screenshot showing the clear download option

Before you go offline, save the URL (address) for the OverDrive Read eBook you downloaded (we recommend bookmarking it in your browser). Then, 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. This can be done without an internet connection.

For iOS devices, do this to read offline:

You can read OverDrive Read eBooks offline on your iOS device by saving each eBook you want to read on your home screen. Here's how it works:

  1. Borrow and open an OverDrive Read eBook from your library's OverDrive website.
  2. Select the Share button (which looks like this: Share icon in the Safari browser) in the Safari browser.
  3. Tap Add to Home Screen, then Add.
    Add to home screen in Safari
  4. Open the book from your home screen, and log in with your library card.
  5. Open the Read menu, and check the "Download" panel. It may take a few moments for the book to finish preparing. Once it's done, it should automatically download.
    Screenshot of an OverDrive Read eBook preparing to download
    The download may take a few minutes to complete, depending on your internet connection and the size of the book.
    Screenshot of a download-in-progress for an OverDrive Read eBook
    If the book doesn't download automatically, click or tap the cloud icon to start the download.
  6. Once the download is finished, you're ready to go offline.
    Screenshot of the Download panel with a completed download

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

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015 01:55PM EST