If you're just getting started with OverDrive on your Android device, we recommend that you use our new Libby app, which makes it easier than ever to read eBooks from your public library. Get started with Libby or learn more about it.

Not interested in or able to use Libby? For help reading eBooks with the original OverDrive app, choose the image below that looks like the titles in your library's collection.

You can use the OverDrive app to download and read borrowed eBooks on your Android device.

Once you've borrowed and downloaded an eBook in the app, tap the Home menu in the top-left corner of the app, go to your Bookshelf, and tap the eBook to begin reading.

Note: If you'd rather read eBooks in your device's web browser (without the OverDrive app), you can use OverDrive Read instead.

How to use the eBook reader in the OverDrive app

To go to the next page: Tap the right side of the screen, or swipe the screen from right to left.

Tapping the right side of the screen Swiping the screen from right to left

To go to the previous page: Tap the left side of the screen, or swipe the screen from left to right.

Tapping the left side of the screen Swiping the screen from left to right

To look up a word in the dictionary: Tap and hold a word, then tap Define. You can also look it up on Wikipedia, Google Translate, Google Assist, or in an offline dictionary.

Note: If you're using Android 5 or older, defining a word works a little differently. On these devices, tap and hold a word, then select the magnifying glass to define it. Additionally, Google Translate and Google Assist aren't available within the app.

Options to define or look up a highlighted word. See instructionsa above.

To open a hyperlink: Tap and hold the link, then select Open.

To see your progress and access more reader options: Tap the middle of the screen.

Reader options (based on the numbered image above) include:

  1. Return to Bookshelf
  2. Settings (includes brightness, font, page layout, and more)
  3. Add a bookmark
  4. Title menu (includes an overview, table of contents, and saved bookmarks)
  5. Reading progress

You can borrow and read OverDrive Read and MediaDo Reader eBooks in your web browser, or use the OverDrive app to download and read EPUB eBooks from your library's digital collection on your Android device.

Reading eBooks in your browser

To read an eBook in your web browser, just tap the Read (In your browser) button next to a borrowed eBook on your Checkouts page.

To learn more about reading eBooks in your browser, please see our guides for OverDrive Read or MediaDo Reader.

Reading eBooks using the OverDrive app

In the OverDrive app, download an EPUB eBook from your Checkouts page to the app Bookshelf.

Tap an eBook to open it and start reading.

The basics

To go to the next page: Tap the right side of the screen, or swipe the screen from right to left.

Tapping the right side of the screen Swiping the screen from right to left

To go to the previous page: Tap the left side of the screen, or swipe the screen from left to right.

Tapping the left side of the screen Swiping the screen from left to right

To look up a word in the dictionary: Tap and hold a word, then tap Define. You can also look it up on Wikipedia, Google Translate, Google Assist, or in an offline dictionary.

Note: If you're using Android 5 or older, defining a word works a little differently. Instead, tap and hold the word, then select the magnifying glass to define it. Additionally, Google Translate or Google Assist aren't available within the app.

To open a hyperlink: Tap and hold the link.

Reader options

Tap the center of the screen to view your progress and access the reader options.

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

Reader options (based on the numbered image above) include:

  1. Return to Bookshelf
  2. Settings (includes brightness, font, page layout, and more)
  3. Add a bookmark
  4. Title menu (includes an overview, table of contents, and saved bookmarks)
  5. Reading progress
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 09:46AM EDT