With OverDrive Read, you can borrow eBooks and read them right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required.
OverDrive Read is a browser-based eBook reader that works on most computers, tablets, and mobile devices running web browsers with HTML5 support.
Once you borrow an eBook from your library's OverDrive-powered website, click or tap the Read button on your Bookshelf to begin reading it immediately using OverDrive Read.
The easiest way to see if OverDrive Read works on your device is to try it out using the sample below. Just click or tap the cover image.
You can read more about compatibility here.
OverDrive Read has many of the same features as popular reading apps and eBook readers, like the ability to add bookmarks, search for terms, add notes and highlights, look up words, and change the font. It also offers some extra ones like fixed layout support for graphic-heavy eBooks and professional narration for some titles.
As long as you have an active internet connection, you can return to an OverDrive Read eBook at any time during your lending period and your place, bookmarks, notes, and highlights will be saved in case you ever borrow it again.
Yes. On most devices, you can select the cloud icon in the OverDrive Read menu to cache (download) an eBook so you can read it offline. Make sure to also bookmark the eBook in your browser or save the eBook's URL so you can get back to it in your browser once you're offline.
Note: Some titles, like narrated or fixed-layout eBooks, are too large to completely cache (download) in your browser.
For a video overview of how to get started with OverDrive Read, check out our help videos.