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Some eBooks in your library's digital collection may have OverDrive Read-along as a format option (represented by an audio icon next to "OverDrive Read" on the title's details page). This means that the OverDrive Read format for those eBooks has professionally recorded narration that plays along while you read.

You can find OverDrive Read-along eBooks on your library's OverDrive website by opening a collection or running a search, then selecting OverDrive Read-along under the expandable eBooks filter.

OverDrive read-along under the ebooks filter

Read-along eBooks have slightly different browser requirements than other OverDrive Read eBooks. Learn which browsers are compatible with read-alongs here.

How read-along eBooks work

After borrowing, select Read now (either from the details page or your Checkouts page) to open the eBook in your browser. Then, select Start narration on any page to begin the audio from the top left.

OverDrive Read along eBook with Start narration button. See instructions above

Many read-along eBooks will highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs as the narrator reads them, so readers can follow along.

A read-along eBook with highlighted text. See instructions above.

Pages automatically turn when the narrator reaches the end of the page.

If you'd like the narrator to repeat any word, sentence, or paragraph, simply click on the word you'd like to hear again. You can also turn back a page, and the narrator will begin reading from the top left.

Select the Pause narration button at the bottom of the page if you need to stop reading.

Pause narration button. See instructions above

Narration controls

You'll find "Volume" and "Speed" controls in the Narration section of the Read menu. Drag the slider to make adjustments to the volume or reading speed of the narrator.

Note: To open the menu on a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen first, then tap the menu icon.

Narration menu. See instructions above.

Move the "Volume" slider left to lower the volume or right to make it louder.

Move the "Speed" slider left to slow the reading speed or right to make it faster.

Some eBooks in your library's digital collection may be labeled "Read-along." This means that the OverDrive Read format for those eBooks has professionally recorded narration that plays along while you read.

eBook jacket with Read-along label. See instructions above.

You can find read-along eBooks in your library's digital collection by selecting the OverDrive Read-along filter after you run a search on your library's OverDrive website.

OverDrive read-along filter. See instructions above.

Read-along eBooks have slightly different browser requirements than other OverDrive Read eBooks. Learn which browsers are compatible with read-alongs here.

How read-along eBooks work

After borrowing, select Read (In your browser) from your Checkouts page (under your Account) to open the eBook in your browser. Then, select Start narration on any page to begin the audio from the top-left.

OverDrive Read along eBook with Start narration button. See instructions above

Many read-along eBooks will highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs as the narrator reads them, so readers can follow along.

A read-along eBook with highlighted text. See instructions above.

Pages automatically turn when the narrator reaches the end of the page.

If you'd like the narrator to repeat any word, sentence, or paragraph, simply click on the word you'd like to hear again. You can also turn back a page, and the narrator will begin reading from the top left.

Select the Pause narration button at the bottom of the page if you need to stop reading.

Pause narration button. See instructions above.

Narration controls

You'll find "Volume" and "Speed" controls in the Narration section of the Read menu. Drag the slider to make adjustments to the volume or reading speed of the narrator.

Note: To open the menu on a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen first, then tap the menu icon.

Narration menu. See instructions above.

Move the "Volume" slider left to lower the volume or right to make it louder.

Move the "Speed" slider left to slow the reading speed or right to make it faster.

Last Updated: May 23, 2016 03:13PM EDT