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!
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.
What's New in Version 3.6.4
• Fixes an issue where some users were sent to Safari while attempting to sign in to the app.
Falling Out of Love
I used to LOVE this app. It is my most used app. I use it everyday from the time I get up and then both ways on my commute. If a book is really good, I will keep listening when I get home from work and am performing my nightly chores. BUT, lately there has been a glitch that won't acknowledge I am signed in. When I am trying to borrow a book or put it on hold I get an error message that my session has expired. I have followed the instructions how to stop this from happening, but the only thing that works is completely resetting my Apple device. This occurs on both my iPod Touch and my iPad, so I know it is not a device issue. It is VERY frustrating.
The other issue is the number of Holds on popular books. I have been #254 on 2 copies of a book. Figure the lending period and I could be 80 before I ever see the book. The app owners must know this is an issue, yet they only allow you to place 5 books on hold at a time. They need to shorten the duration popular books are allowed to be borrowed, and increase the number of books that can be placed on hold. I guess on the bright side, because of this hold issue, I have made the time to actually read a book.
Bottom line, I love the app, but these two issues make me want to find a less frustrating alternative.
weird filters don't work
They have filters, but they don't seem to work. For instance when I specify that I want literature I wind up with tons of mysteries and other books that I would not consider to be literary. I have nothing against mysteries or chick lit, romance novels etc. - it just does not interest me and I would rather that they have filters for fiction that doesn't include that stuff - they already have filters of their own. I want great literature both contemporary and historic and I don't like having to wade through a bunch of books that are not actual literature.
Other than that I am grateful for the app and I think it is a real blessing that we still have public libraries. Let's hope they continue and try to stay on top of whatever it takes to keep them going. They are one of those things that are good for us all regardless of our philosophical and political ideas and affiliations and that help us to learn and grow regardless of our economic status - also providing wonderful places for us to get together in community. At this time of polarization, we so badly need whatever can bring us all together in harmony. Taking care of each other is the essence of true morality.
Horrible for Reading
Overdrive is great for accessing the library and downloading books, but if you are unlucky enough to want to read a book that is only available in DRM Epub this app is horrible. I hate using Adobe ID in general (I hate it so much that I won't purchase DRM protected Epub books)-- I always get the error message that I have too many devices active even though I've deleted all active devices except one, so that leaves me stuck reading from the one Overdrive app that I originally download the book on (I have 6 tablets that I use interchangeably). There are only several font styles to choose from and most of them are not reader friendly and if you want to increase the font size it goes from small to gigantic with nothing in between. All other reading apps I've used give you small incremental font size changes so you can find one that is comfortable for reading. It also does not support highlighting or searching. Overall it is a horrible app for reading and I only use it when reading books by idiot publishers who want to punish honest readers by making them use DRM protected Epub (if they insist on DRM protection they can at least make it available in Kindle, which is a decent reading app as long as you don't have too many books downloaded at one time).
- Category: Books
- Updated: Mar 02, 2017
- Version: 3.6.4
- Size: 39.8 MB
- Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: OverDrive, Inc.
- © 2016 OverDrive, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.