Updates to OverDrive Digital Library

OverDrive has made these changes to improve your experience using their services: 

  • OverDrive will keep a user signed in longer, eliminating the need for the user to sign in each time they visit the digital library. A user will automatically signed-in when they attempt to borrow, place a hold, or recommend a title.
  • OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen have been removed within the OverDrive App to simplify the format selection step and allow a user to begin reading and listening more quickly. Exceptions include titles that are only available in the OverDrive Read or OverDrive Listen formats, including Read-Alongs - those titles will continue to be available via the app.
  • The Choose a Format drop-down menu on the Loans page has been changed to Download to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.
  • When an eBook or audiobook is borrowed from the title details page, the button now displays Download and the format name, instead of Add to app, to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.

More about these changes from OverDrive:

OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen are browser-based formats which are intended to be enjoyed via a device browser. In our continued efforts to simplify the user experience and reduce confusion around formats, we removed OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen within the app to provide the best in-app experience, which is to download titles in EPUB or MP3 formats. Note: the only exception to this is if a title is only available in OverDrive Read or OverDrive Listen (for example, a read-along); those titles will continue to display in the app in their respective format.

For app users who were reading or listening to a title using OverDrive Read or OverDrive Listen, they can switch to their device’s Web browser and access the title from their Loans page at the digital library website. This will allow them to continue reading or listening from where they left off previously. Once their current checkouts expire and they return to the app, they’ll be able to borrow and enjoy titles again within the app.

To keep up with information about changes to Overdrive, you can subscribe to a blog for the latest news. There is also an app in Beta, Libby, that features a simplified user experience. Available for iOS and Android devices.