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.
To get started, borrow an eBook that's available in the OverDrive Read format from your library's OverDrive website. Then, click or tap the Read button on your Bookshelf (under your Account) to begin reading it immediately using OverDrive Read.
As long as you have an internet connection, you can close an OverDrive Read eBook and pick up where you left off later on any compatible device.
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 features, like fixed layout support for graphic-heavy eBooks and professional narration for some titles.
Yes. On most devices, select Offline Access from the OverDrive Read menu, then the cloud icon 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.
See this help article for offline reading steps for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), which work a little bit differently.
Note: Some eBooks, like narrated or fixed-layout eBooks, are too large to completely cache (download) in your browser.