OverDrive – Library eBooks and Audiobooks
By OverDrive, Inc.
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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!
• 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.
What's New in Version 3.5.5
• Several audiobook-related updates, from performance improvements to bug fixes. Thanks for your patience, audiobook readers!
• Replaced the audiobook lock screen controls with 15 sec buttons.
• Other minor bug fixes and copy changes.
Stay tuned, more fixes and improvements are coming soon. Thank you for using OverDrive!
From a 5 to a 3
Still missing after the post-rewrite updates - 1. Locking screen orientation is no longer available! I want to keep it Portrait in OverDrive while keeping the flexibility of orientation changes for other apps on my iPad. Please bring it back. 2. Synopsis is gone from Overview section of righthand menu. 3. Table of Contents doesn't keep track of chapter I'm currently reading unless I manually move it there. 4. Too many returns to Bookshelf after I switch to another app for a while and then return to OverDrive. I use a competitor's product, Axis 360, in addition to OverDrive. In almost every way, OverDrive used to win hands down over Axis 360, even with the new issues. But Axis 360 had an even more annoying equivalent of return to Bookshelf that has been fixed in a recent update, so I now rate them higher than OverDrive. But one thing Axis 360 has that I thought OverDrive had (maybe it was on my previous platform, an early Nook model) is a way to search for text within an ebook. Please add or return this feature in a later release! (I am an ebook only user, not an audiobooks user.) If you use the Bucks County, PA, library system or any other that has both OverDrive and Axis 360, and the ebook you want is available in both platforms, get it from Axis 360 until OverDrive improves.
Most used app
This app gives you access to a multitude of books through your public library. I am an audiobook addict and this app gives you books galore, for FREE! You are literally checking out a library book on your device. It's only cons are that you have to make sure to bookmark your books regularly (particularly audiobooks). If you hit pause put a bookmark first because it frequently and randomly loses your spot which is frustrating. It also is not intuitive; you have to spell your title and author completely correct or you will get "no results were found." And, even if you spell everything correctly, let's say you type in the author correctly, if it doesn't find your result, try the title (or vice versa). For some reason that's often what you need to do to find your book. One last con is it seems with every new update it clears out my history. It's annoying because I go through so many books I sometimes need to check my history to see if I've already read it. It is not as easy to use as Audible but for free books, the little hassles are worth it.
For the most part I love this app and I'm finally in a real city with real library connections to be able to use it! I was and still am long subscriber to SCRIBD but they changed their policies about a year ago and they are not as good as this app! I am keep SCRIBD for a bit longer being I feel as if their suggestions for what to read next are much better than this app. But for the most part I can find almost the same audio book here for free!! This is very helpful for my long drives and falling asleep at night! Love that I can put on head phones and turn the screen off and just listen away. My husband likes this too as I don't keep him up with the bright lights of ,y iPad or the TV! Oh so happy to have and use this app daily! I just hope the suggestions get better! If you can't find a good book on here with all the options than I don't know that to tell you being there are so many offered, saving lots of money now not going to book stores and this too makes my husband very happy lol!