OverDrive: eBooks & audiobooks

OverDrive: eBooks & audiobooks

  • Category: Book
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  • Current Version: 3.7.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: OverDrive, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
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OverDrive: eBooks & audiobooks App

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library using OverDrive on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive, so download the app and find your next book today! Having problems with font size in some books on iOS 10? See http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/2574801 for help. • Available 24/7, now the library comes to you. • No more late fees. Titles are automatically returned. • Place holds, create wish lists, and return titles easily. • Sync libraries, bookmarks, and recent positions across mobile devices. • A valid account with a participating library, school, or other institution is required. • Each library builds its own collection of titles. Contact them directly to let them know that you’re using OverDrive and to share any suggestions for books you would like to see them carry.


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OverDrive: eBooks & audiobooks app reviews

  • Please add total time for audiobooks! 4/5

    By toe knee
    As to easier track how much of the audiobook is left! Thank you!
  • Could be better for audiobooks 3/5

    By Rowena Columbia
    My local library offers ebooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and CloudLibrary. We don’t get to choose which app a book is in - it’s usually one or the other. I use these apps for audiobooks and always hope they’ll be offered in CloudLibrary. Although Overdrive works fine, I have two major problems with the app: 1) the lending period is only two weeks (CloudLibrary gives three) and 2) the time indicator that shows how much is left to listen to is set up by section, not for the whole book. I don’t really care if I have 30 minutes left until I finish a section with some arbitrary end point (chapters tend to have multiple sections). I want to know how many hours I have left to finish a book. This is particularly important for long books, given the two-week deadline.
  • Add progress bar! 5/5

    By acath0430
    Great app, bringing the library right to you! I would love to see a progress bar/time left on each book!
  • A few caveats 3/5

    By AlwaysReading2
    Love this app, even though it’s not the most intuitive. Been using it from the time my library made it available years ago. A few things I find annoying for example; after the most recent update (Dec. ‘17) the app stopped syncing. I signed out and back in on both devices, made sure all settings were identical, etc. but no luck. Finally had to delete the app on one device and reinstall. Presto! Immediately works. Unfortunately my history was deleted from that device but was able to pull up the wishlist from the other device. Whew! My daughter was not as fortunate. She only has one device and the app wouldn’t even open. Finally had to delete the app and reinstall, thereby losing her entire wishlist and history. I also find it annoying that there doesn’t seem to be any way to directly contact support specifically for the app. The support link wants to take me to my library for help. These are app issues not library issues.
  • Changed the game 5/5

    By Mikenjes
    As an avid book/audiobook lover I was limited to what my local library had on hand. I have read and listened to so many various new authors that I had no idea existed that it’s been wonderful! My only suggestion would be to list the series number in the title. It can be hard to track down the next book in a series, and I would love to be able to see my lending history. I was listening to 4 various series and I’ve lost track of one. But overall these are minor suggestions and in no way take away from my enjoyment of this app. I use this app more than anything else on my phone. Love it.
  • It’s good 4/5

    By KACDavis12
    I really love overdrive as it gives me access to free content from my local library. But I’ve also had subscription services that have similar readers that function much better. Overall for basic listening it works this the four stars.
  • Hard to use 3/5

    By Sirrand1
    I’m trying to use this app in connection with my local library’s audio book availability. I don’t find it to be very intuitive at all. Maybe it’s me, but it’s terribly frustrating. 😕

    By hcrteacher
    I love going to the library. I have loved this event since I was young. Now, I can visit a virtual library and listen to audio books AND read, gaining a large list of read books each month! My brain loves it!
  • Love it 5/5

    By Beckleecottage
    I’ve recommended it to everyone.I use it to get kindle books free from my library as well as audio books I’m retired and thought it might be difficult to use but very easy
  • Such a blessing 5/5

    By Starfall1951
    I am very pleased with this app. I never have time to go to the library, but love to read. This is such blessing thank you
  • Still lousy 1/5

    By Obs_xyz
    This app circa 2012-2013 was the bee's knees. It worked simply and had no issues. Updates from later to today have made it painfully slow by comparison. It wanders around looking for where where the reader left off. It also seems to be, like any scummy app, scraping your device to download information. NOTE libraries pay a fortune to Adobe for this program. It should be free for the enduser and not typical free scum-ware. WORST: in collusion with publishers you cannot return books early, thus depriving others of paid-for property in a library system. Despicable.
  • Love it 5/5

    By Tori Y
    Love this app so much. Since getting it I’m back on track with my reading.
  • Love this ap! 3/5

    By Lorinn
    I've been using this ap for years, and love the easy access to books! The thing I would most like added would be an increase in the selection of books available. Many times I search for a specific book only to find it's not there. Hopefully this will improve. Update 1/18 After the last update the audiobook downloads do not download in order. I have a community WiFi that can be slow at times, and it is frustrating when part 8 is finished before part 1.
  • LOVE this app. 5/5

    By Dawnwags 37
    I use this app all the time. Easy to use! I recommend this app to all my friends.
  • What happened? 1/5

    By ktjd14
    I’ve been using Overdrive nearly issue free for years and now it’s become nearly unusable. Books won’t download or get stuck trying to download. Playback is garbled. I spend more time now trying to get it to work than I do listening to anything. This is ridiculous. I’ve even removed and reinstalled the app in an effort to clear everything out and get it to work again. Please fix!
  • Love it 5/5

    By Kdawg3000
    Great app for anyone especially students
  • Awesome app. Saving tons on books! 4/5

    By Carl Drechsler
    I used to, out of convenience, just buy whatever ebook I wanted. Once I finally started using this service in easily saving 10-15 bucks twice a month which adds up quick. My only critique is that there is no filter for available books which means, while browsing the staff picks, I can’t get a list of books that are currently available for checkout now rather than placing a hold.
  • Great app, but one thing would make it perfect... 4/5

    By Sbh2870
    How about a replay speed of 1.15? 1.25 is too fast for most books.
  • Use it almost daily 4/5

    By KristenC13
    Hands down one of my most used apps. It integrates seamlessly with my library and I know I read a lot more now than before I got this app.
  • Good 3/5

    By SabrinaAnnLynn
    I would recommend getting the app Libby by over drive. My books won’t sync through my phone and my iPad but they do on Libby! Getttttt Libby!!!
  • Fantastic app, needs a few features 4/5

    By WiredKydd
    This app is amazing for those who read or listen. I just wish you could go up to three times (3x) speed on audiobooks. Regardless it’s still an amazing app.
  • Great ebook reader and audiobook player 5/5

    By OkChicken
    This is an extremely easy to use app for accessing the library's ebook and audiobook collection. The interface is flawless and audio quality is great.
  • It’s great!! 5/5

    By sgrangent
    A must for people who drive. Load a book and listen while you drive, walking the dog or even when working out.
  • Overdrive 4/5

    By EJBMB
    Love this app!!! When I can’t actually go to the library, this app lets me get books. I don’t recommend this to people who don’t like to read.
  • Great App 5/5

    By Megrafreud
    I have a daily commute of two hours - when it isn’t snowing! Listening to books makes the time go much quicker and keeps me awake early in the morning and at the end of very long days. I used to pay for books and it was becoming a bit expensive when you consider how books I was going through in a month. I happened to check my library website and discovered there are thousands of books available to read and thousands of audiobooks to listen to. I listen to at least one book a week. The app is easy to use. I’ve discovered many new authors. I like the ability to put books on hold and have them automatically checked out when they are available. I highly recommend this app.
  • Better than library website 5/5

    By fixitchick
    Over Drive is excellent! It saves my place in audiobooks even when expired & renewed. It also helped me renew an expired library membership online & from home, so I could continue reading instead of having to wait a couple days for the library to open.
  • My favorite app 5/5

    By Sricha89
    I don't know what I would do without this app. I love how it connects seamlessly to my library and how I can listen to my audiobooks at different speeds. :-)
  • Convenient 5/5

    By Tbone3333333333
    Love this app! It connects to my local library and has many selections from my library. Easy to use and very convenient! I love the audiobooks on my commute to work!
  • Awesome 5/5

    By Vytron
    Great app
  • Daily User - no complaints 5/5

    By Trigor
    I’d be lost and bored without this app. As an avid reader, I use it daily for library access, listening to audiobooks, and reading ebooks. It’s great the way it is, although I have a couple of things I’d add to my wishlist for future updates: -I’d love a way to listen to audiobooks through my Apple Watch. -The ability to search all of my libraries for a book all at once instead of having to go to each library one at a time.
  • great but... 4/5

    By Demigod Lucario
    this app is great but there's no manga and as a huge fan of anime and manga the fact that there isn't any on this app is a bit disappointing
  • Truly what an app should be! 5/5

    By Gnome58
    Trouble free, works as it should with no muss or fuss. This is, by far, the best and most used app I have. It does everything perfectly.
  • Like it 4/5

    By CnbcLovingIt
    It is relatively easy for new users. I needed some help in the beginning. It seems to flow better now.
  • Best app on my phone 5/5

    By Tom and Cate
    The ability to borrow audiobooks and ebooks directly to my devices in seconds using my library card. This is the best app on my phone!
  • The app I use the most! 5/5

    By tannialeticia
    This app lets me take my entire library with me in my pocket. I love it!
  • It doesn’t get better! 5/5

    By Coloradochic76
    Overdrive is the cream de la cream’ if that how you spell it lol. I have used 4 other audiobook and library book user interface, they don’t come any better!
  • Overdrive is under powered 1/5

    By Oak_Ridge_Man
    This app is frustratingly difficult to use. When a book is available to be loaned the app tells me to go to the loan page. I do this and click on download mp3 audio. It seems to do something but then I can’t find where the download is. Sometimes I’m able to access a short sample clip of the audio but that’s about it. Very frustrating! The help available on the app is essentially NO help.
  • Wonderful 5/5

    By Pjjing
    So glad to have access to all of these books. I pretty much need an audiobook going to function. Love Overdrive!!
  • Overdrive 5/5

    By Gizzle161
    My favorite app on my phone. It’s so easy to borrow and return books.
  • Good not Great 4/5

    By CattledogHaus
    This app has some nice features for audiobooks; it lists the time for each section, it picks up where you left off, it plays nice with my OS (I can control it with my watch or swipe up display), and you can download only parts of books if you’re in a pinch for time or memory space. I also like the suggestions for books, descriptions and reviews, and being able to sort by Available books. The only reason I’m deducting a star is because it is not intuitive when it comes to downloading a new loan. Each time I have to play around with menu after menu to find my loans. If I use my library app or email and select Download, it will open the app, but that’s it. I still have to search for my loans...and they’re buried deep in the Edit Account menu somewhere. It’s just an odd place. Maybe I’ll get better after practice.
  • 5️⃣⭐️with 🚫 🐜 1/5

    By arandomguy yt
    This is not a negative review. Overall, Overdrive is a really good app for reading. Yet lately, I haven’t been able to open it ! I click on the app, it opens normally then when I click on the add title button ( the only way to download/borrow books) IT DOESN’T DO ANYTHING I’ve been using Libby lately, it’s a good reading app but the only way to download without WiFi is overdrive! Try libby, it’s better . 5 stars with no bug, Arandomguy
  • Love 5/5

    By yab3242
    My friend told me about this app and the free library of Philadelphia and it is probably the best info anyone has ever given me, I couldn’t be happier.
  • 👍🏾 5/5

    By Elayne D.
    So far so good! I’m glad my friend suggested this app to me!
  • Money saver 5/5

    By indizom
    Wow! I was spending so much money on audiobooks. I’m so glad a friend referred me to this app. Also, you can add libraries from across the country. If your local library doesn’t have a particular title you can search dozens of other libraries. #bookworm
  • Getting better 5/5

    By Dreamy68
    It would be nice though to have a way to “remember me” log in or another way too sign in other than just the live card number. But in all it’s a nice app and easy to use. Thankful that you made this as I don’t have a local library.
  • Needs a vocal boost function 3/5

    By JC_SaltLaker
    Several of my audiobook titles are recorded at such a low volume that they are not listenable at MAX VOLUME in the outdoor environments I work in. My other podcast apps (Overcast, iTunes) provide a “Boost” feature to solve this problem. OverDrive Help pages do not address this problem. Setting aside this issue, it’s a Great (not perfect) app.
  • Great App-add CarPlay support 5/5

    By Big poppa203
    Great app but add CarPlay support for IOS!
  • A great utility app 5/5

    By Karenlovestoski
    Nothing fancy, a great workhorse, love it. LOVE it!
  • Needs constant restarts to play books 1/5

    By Bedtime mom
    Functional but annoying.
  • Crashing 2/5

    By Invisblizz
    I used to love the app. It worked really well, and I had no problems. Now, I can borrow books just fine, but if I try to read my downloaded books, I have about 5 seconds before the screen goes black and the app crashes. I have not been able to read anything, and needless to say, this is extremely annoying. I'm not sure if it's the new update or my iPad, but my ios system is up to date. Please fix soon!!

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