Here are some basic differences between OverDrive's two Windows apps.
OverDrive for Windows 8
OverDrive for Windows 8 is a complete library experience that allows you to find your library, browse its collection, borrow titles, and start enjoying them in the app.
- Streaming videos
- Borrow periodicals from your library in the OverDrive app and read them in the NOOK reading app for Windows 8.
OverDrive for Windows (desktop)
This legacy version of the OverDrive app supports audiobooks only and runs in desktop mode on your computer. This means you can use OverDrive for Windows on your Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 computer or tablet (not Windows RT). You can install it from app.overdrive.com.
To use OverDrive for Windows (desktop), you'll need to find your library and borrow an audiobook in your web browser first. Then, once you download it, it'll open in OverDrive for Windows (desktop).
- Transfer audiobooks to MP3 players (including Apple devices)
- Burn audiobooks to CD (with publisher permissions)
Can I install both versions?
Yes, if you're using a Windows 8 or 10 device.
If you have both apps installed, you can find and borrow titles, read eBooks, listen to audiobooks, and watch streaming video in the Windows 8 app, and you can use the desktop app to transfer and burn audiobooks (as permitted).