What's the difference between OverDrive for Windows 8/10 and OverDrive for Windows (desktop)?

Here are some basic differences between two OverDrive apps that are available for Windows.

OverDrive for Windows 8/10

This version of the OverDrive app supports ebooks, audiobooks, and videos and requires a Windows 8 or 10 computer or tablet. You can install it from the Windows Store like other apps.

OverDrive for Windows 8/10 is a complete library experience that allows you to find your library, browse its collection, borrow titles, and enjoy them in the app.

Supported formats:

  • Ebooks
  • Audiobooks
  • Streaming videos
OverDrive for Windows 8 home screen

OverDrive for Windows (desktop)

The legacy OverDrive app for desktop only supports audiobooks and requires a Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer or tablet. You can install it from overdrive.com/apps/overdrive.

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 the audiobook, it'll open in this app.

Supported formats:

  • Audiobooks

Other features:

  • Transfer audiobooks to MP3 players (including Apple devices)
  • Burn audiobooks to CD (with publisher permission)
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 videos in the Windows 8/10 app, and you can use the desktop app to transfer and burn audiobooks.

Last Updated: 21 January 2021 02:26 PM