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Read-alongs are OverDrive Read eBooks with professionally recorded narration that plays along while you read.

You can find read-along eBooks in your library's digital collection by running a search, then selecting OverDrive Read-along under the expandable eBooks filter.

OverDrive read-along under the ebooks filter

On the details page for a read-along eBook, you'll see "OverDrive Read" with an audio icon in the "Formats" list.

Learn which web browsers are compatible with read-alongs here.

How read-along eBooks work

After borrowing, select Read now in browser from your Loans page (under books icon) to open the eBook in your browser. Then, select Start narration at the bottom of 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 you 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

If you want to adjust the narrator's reading speed, open the OverDrive Read menu, select Narration, and drag the slider.

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.

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.

Learn which web 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 at the bottom of 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 you 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.

If you want to adjust the narrator's reading speed, open the OverDrive Read menu, select Narration, and drag the slider.

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.
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 09:47AM EDT