You can borrow and listen to audiobooks in your Chrome web browser using OverDrive Listen, or download and listen to MP3 audiobooks in the OverDrive app.

Note: For the best experience, we recommend updating the OverDrive app to the latest version when a new one is available from the Google Play store or Amazon Appstore.

Listening to audiobooks in your browser

To listen to an audiobook in your Chrome web browser, just tap the Listen (In your browser) button next to a borrowed audiobook on your library Bookshelf.

Listen button on your libary Bookshelf. See instructions above.

To learn more about OverDrive Listen, please see our getting started guide.

Note: OverDrive Listen does not work in the stock Android browser, on Kindle Fire tablets, or on NOOK HD+ and older tablets (even in Chrome).

Listening to audiobooks in the OverDrive app

In the OverDrive app, download an MP3 audiobook from your library website to the app bookshelf.

Tap an audiobook on your app bookshelf to open it and start listening.

Audiobook player and options

Diagram of the audiobook player with each button numbered (from left to right, top to bottom). The list below describes each button.

Player options (based on the numbered image above):

  1. Home menu
  2. Bookshelf
  3. Get books
  4. Share
  5. Title menu
  6. Add a bookmark
  7. Sleep timer
  8. Play speed
  9. Volume controls

Note: If you're using the legacy version of our app, you won't see the action bar at the top of the screen. To access these options, tap the Menu button on your device.

Title menu

Swipe away from the right edge (bezel) of your screen to open the Title menu. Here you can find the Overview, Table of Contents, and saved Bookmarks for the audiobook you're listening to. Swipe right or left to get to each section.

Title menu in an audiobook. See instructions above.

Note: If you're using the legacy version of our app, you can find navigation options and bookmarks by tapping the tabs at the top of the player screen, and you can find a book overview (Details) by tapping the Menu button.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2015 01:14PM EDT