eBooks

Getting started with OverDrive Read

(browser-based eBook reader)

OverDrive Read is a new in-browser eBook reader. It works just like any eBook reading app, except you don't need to activate or install extra software.

What do I need to begin? All you need is a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a modern web browser. If you'd like to learn more about compatibility, please check out the OverDrive Read website.

For the best user experience, we recommend using Google Chrome for OverDrive Read.

What is a Google Chrome Frame plugin? If you're using Internet Explorer, you may need to install the Google Chrome Frame plugin. It's free software that installs in moments. If you need the Chrome plugin, you will be prompted when you try to open an eBook.

How does OverDrive Read work? Once you've borrowed a title, click the Read button next to a supported eBook on your bookshelf to open it in a new tab or window. For more on how use OverDrive Read, check out our help site for a more detailed guide.

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Other Notes

  • From your Account page, you can view your Holds, Lists (Wish List, Rated titles, and Recommendations for you), and change your lending period(s) from the Settings page.
  • Click the ribbon below a title to add or remove it from your Wish List.

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  • The Menu bar is available from any page—just click the icon to expand or collapse it.
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  • You can drill down search results by subject, rating, language, and more.

Note: If you're using Internet Explorer 7, you may need to download the Google Chrome Frame Plug-in. It's free and only takes moments to install.