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 3.5.4
• Fixed several bugs related to downloading eBooks.
• Fixed an issue that caused the app to crash sometimes when turning the page in an eBook.
• Minor UI improvements
Stay tuned, more fixes and improvements are on the way. Thank you for using OverDrive!
I really like this app. I love that I can connect to my library, and get books on my phone for easy access to read or listen to, and it's all for free!! Library's are awesome, and it makes it that much better to have library access on your phone. I'm actually rating this app again, cause when I first rated it I gave it 5 stars and talked about how great the app is. Since then though we have had problems with the app. My husband and I were listening to the same audio book (which we have done several times on our own personal phones), suddenly the book stopped playing and refused to play for my husband anymore. He tried deleting it and reinstalling it, but the app said we had already reached our limit of downloading it 3 times, but we had only downloaded it twice. Then over night last night the app deleted my bookshelf, hold items, my wish list, and books I've rated. Thankfully I have Goodreads, so I didn't lose the information from my wish list, and my book ratings completely. I'm very disappointed though that now I have to wait twice as long to get the books in my holds list and bookshelf, as now I'm no longer the next in line for the books, but I am now 18th in line. I'm not sure what happened, but the bugs in this app can be rather frustrating.
Provides a good service but could be much better
It's fantastic to be able to listen to audiobooks from the library, but this app has a number problems. I've also experienced the crashing mentioned by other reviewers. In my case, this resulted in the app somehow registering "too many attempts to download" the audiobook, which could apparently only be fixed by contacting the library—but it was Saturday evening, so that wouldn't be possible until Monday. Other drawbacks include the fact that it can be almost impossible to figure out how to return a book early (why should this become more difficult after you've downloaded the book? who returns a book without even opening it?); the audio controls on the lockscreen don't include the ability to go back (or forward) a fixed number of seconds in the reading; the app loses your login information now and then; it's not possible to tell from the main screen how far along in the book you are (yes, it does say you're at "part 7 of 10" or similar, but these parts don't correspond to actual chapters or accurately represent the proportion of the book you've listened to). All in all, it's a workman-like app that seems not to have been designed by people who actually listen to audiobooks. It's good enough but kind of disappointing.
Gets the job done with some nice features
I've used this app for years now and am happy to say that it has been continually refined to a feature-rich, relatively glitch free product now. I find the interface between the app proper and my library's online collection can still be a bit clunky, but it does handle background downloading much better than a few versions ago. (It used to be that you had to stay in the app while waiting for download). The bookmarks and sleep timer are very useful. It would be nice if the skip functions could be set for time increments rather than the chapters set by the publisher. For older titles that are converted from CD, sometimes the audiobook publishers are lazy and don't index the actual chapters of the book and instead just divide the book up by disc. So you think pressing the skip button will just take you to the next chapter and instead you go 70 minutes ahead. This is NOT the app developers' faults, but I'd appreciate it if the app were smart enough to detect 60+minute chapters and sub divide them.
All in all I can say that this app works well and I use it nearly every day. So kudos to the programmers for their continued improvements.