Here are some basic differences between OverDrive's two Windows apps.

OverDrive for Windows 8

This version of the OverDrive app requires Windows 8, RT, or 10 and an OverDrive account. You can install it from the Windows Store like other apps.

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.

Supported formats:

  • eBooks
  • Audiobooks
  • Streaming videos

Other features:

  • Borrow periodicals from your library in the OverDrive app and read them in the NOOK reading app for Windows 8.
OverDrive for Windows 8 home screen

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

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).

Support formats:

  • Audiobooks

Other features:

  • Transfer audiobooks to MP3 players (including Apple devices)
  • Burn audiobooks to CD (with publisher permissions)
OverDrive for Windows user interface

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).

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015 11:07AM EDT