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With OverDrive Read, you can borrow eBooks and read them right in your web browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

To start using OverDrive Read, open your web browser and borrow an eBook that's available in the OverDrive Read format from your library's digital collection. Then, click or tap the Read in browser button on your Loans page (under books icon).

The book will open in a new tab in your web browser.

The read now button for a borrowed eBook on the loans page. See instructions above.

The basics

  • Click or tap the right or left edges of the eBook to turn the pages.
  • Click or tap and hold a word to define it, make a note, or highlight some text.
  • On larger screens, click or tap the bookmark icon to save a bookmark.
  • On smaller screens, tap the top-right corner of the screen to save a bookmark.
  • Click or tap the middle of the screen to bring up the seek bar, which you can use to move backward or forward in the eBook. You'll also see chapter breaks, bookmarks, and highlights here.
    The seek bar. See instructions above.
  • On a larger screen, use the display buttons at the top of the screen to switch between a one-page and two-page display. On a tablet or phone in landscape orientation, tap the center of the screen first, then use the display buttons.

The menu

You'll find the menu icon in the top-right corner of the reader.

Menu icon

(On a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen to bring up the menu icon.)

In the menu, you'll find:

  • Search: Look for a word or phrase in the eBook text.
  • Chapters: Browse the eBook's table of contents and quickly jump to chapters.
  • Bookmarks: View the bookmarks, notes, and highlights you've placed in the eBook. Click one to return to that part of the book.
  • History: View a list of places you've visited during your current reading session. You add entries to this menu by searching, scrolling, selecting a chapter, or opening a link.
  • Reading Settings: Adjust the eBook's text size, lighting, and font (available for most eBooks). Learn more about the reading settings below.
  • Offline Access: Download an eBook in your browser so you can read it later without an internet connection. Learn more about offline reading here.
  • Tips & Secrets: Find advanced tips and tricks for using OverDrive Read.

In a read-along eBook, you'll also see:

  • Narration: Start playback or adjust the volume and playback speed.

Reading settings

In many OverDrive Read eBooks, you can adjust the reading settings to change how the eBook looks.

Note: Reading settings for fixed-layout eBooks (like graphic novels or picture books) can't be changed, because the publisher decides exactly how each page will display. Learn more about fixed-layout eBooks here.

Reading settings include:

  • Text scale: Use the slider to adjust the size of the text in the eBook.
    The text scale slider. See instructions above.
  • Lighting: Choose day (black text on a white background), sepia (dark red text on a tan background), or night (white text on a black background).
    The lighting options. See instructions above
  • Book design: Choose a preset design you like, or select Custom to change the font, justification, line spacing, and text weight.
    The book design options. See instructions above.

Learn more

With OverDrive Read, you can borrow eBooks and read them right in your web browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

To start using OverDrive Read, open your web browser and borrow an eBook that's available in the OverDrive Read format from your library's digital collection. Then, click or tap the Read button next to the eBook on your Checkouts page (under your Account). The book will open in a new tab in your web browser.

The Read button on your checkouts page. See instructions above.

The basics

  • Click or tap the right or left edges of the eBook to turn the pages.
  • Click or tap and hold a word to define it, make a note, or highlight some text.
  • On larger screens, click or tap the bookmark icon to save a bookmark.
  • On smaller screens, tap the top-right corner of the screen to save a bookmark.
  • Click or tap the middle of the screen to bring up the seek bar, which you can use to move backward or forward in the eBook. You'll also see chapter breaks, bookmarks, and highlights here.
    The seek bar. See instructions above.
  • On a larger screen, use the display buttons at the top of the screen to switch between a one-page and two-page display. On a tablet or phone in landscape orientation, tap the center of the screen first, then use the display buttons.

The menu

You'll find the menu icon in the top-right corner of the reader.

Menu icon

(On a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen to bring up the menu icon.)

In the menu, you'll find:

  • Search: Look for a word or phrase in the eBook text.
  • Chapters: Browse the eBook's table of contents and quickly jump to chapters.
  • Bookmarks: View the bookmarks, notes, and highlights you've placed in the eBook. Click one to return to that part of the book.
  • History: View a list of places you've visited during your current reading session. You add entries to this menu by searching, scrolling, selecting a chapter, or opening a link.
  • Reading Settings: Adjust the eBook's text size, lighting, and font (available for most eBooks). Learn more about the reading settings below.
  • Offline Access: Download an eBook in your browser so you can read it later without an internet connection. Learn more about offline reading here.
  • Tips & Secrets: Find advanced tips and tricks for using OverDrive Read.

In a read-along eBook, you'll also see:

  • Narration: Start playback or adjust the volume and playback speed.

Reading settings

In many OverDrive Read eBooks, you can adjust the reading settings to change how the eBook looks.

Note: Reading settings for fixed-layout eBooks (like graphic novels or picture books) can't be changed because the publisher decides exactly how each page will display. Learn more about fixed-layout eBooks here.

Reading settings include:

  • Text scale: Use the slider to adjust the size of the text in the eBook.
    The text scale slider. See instructions above.
  • Lighting: Choose day (black text on a white background), sepia (dark red text on a tan background), or night (white text on a black background).
    The lighting options. See instructions above
  • Book design: Choose a preset design you like, or select Custom to change the font, justification, line spacing, and text weight.
    The book design options. See instructions above.

Learn more

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2017 02:43PM EDT