vis­ual guide | Over­Drive On­line Li­brary

Browse and bor­row books from your lo­cal li­brary with­out get­ting off the sofa

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Over­Drive op­tions

The Menu but­ton al­lows you to con­trol a num­ber of op­tions, such as the abil­ity to sync books across de­vices. You can limit down­loads to Wi-Fi only, to pre­serve a monthly data al­lowance.

Brows­ing books

This menu al­lows you to browse books by cat­e­gory, such as ro­mance, fan­tasy or thriller. There’s also a search tool that al­lows you to search by ti­tle or the au­thor’s name. Most li­braries have a good se­lec­tion of non-fic­tion books too.

Wish list

Your li­brary has a lim­ited num­ber of copies of each ebook. If this book icon is black, the book is avail­able to bor­row now. A grey icon means all copies are on loan. Over­Drive will email you when the book is avail­able.

Lend­ing lim­its

Your Over­Drive ac­count fol­lows your li­brary’s nor­mal lend­ing poli­cies. MacFor­mat’s lo­cal li­brary lets us bor­row five books for 21 days each, and Over­Drive au­to­mat­i­cally deletes books at the end of the loan pe­riod. You can also delete them your­self if you fin­ish be­fore then.

Au­dio­books

Most lo­cal li­braries will al­low you to bor­row au­dio­books too. The au­dio­book con­trols in Over­Drive in­clude op­tions such as a sleep-timer, so that you can lis­ten to books in bed at night and leave the app to turn it­self off af­ter a spec­i­fied amount of time.

Turn­ing pages

Over­Drive works a bit like a web browser, and each book has its own home page that pro­vides more info about the book and the au­thor. You can use these nav­i­ga­tion con­trols to move for­wards and back­wards through a se­ries of books. It’s also pos­si­ble to read books in a web browser, so you can still read your books on de­vices that may not have the Over­Drive app in­stalled.

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