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Bookish Download Review: OverDrive Library eBook App

I’m taking a look at the library ebook reading app, OverDrive!

Bookish Download Review: OverDrive Library eBook App

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How It Works

The OverDrive app allows readers to access thousands of books via their local library’s digital ebook collections. It’s available on the AppStore and GooglePlay.

The process is very simple: download the OverDrive app and add your library to the “My Libraries” section for easy convenience.


From what I can tell, once you’ve added your library, the app essentially directs you your library’s website in a mobile version. From there, you enter in your library card number, and then you’re good to go!

What this means is…it’s kind of not a “real app.” It simply allows you to access what you can on the web on your phone.

The main functionality of the OverDrive app is allowing readers to access and request their library’s ebooks and to read them on their phone.

Here are a couple of the books available in my library…

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Bonus: The app is also available for download on most tablets, as well.

My Thoughts

Both fortunately and unfortunately, the OverDrive app is only as good as your library’s ebook selection. Seminole County’s is sort of meh. Which means, my use and excitement for this app is average.

I mean, I love the convenience for sure, but the selection for me is OK. Also, I don’t enjoy reading books on my phone or iPad.

However, if you get a lot of ebooks from the library or you have a better selection to choose from, I see this app being very useful and helpful.

I honestly just love that it exists and makes avid readers lives a little bit easier.

Do you read a lot of library books? Would you find an app like this useful?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Donna Ritchie

    Love my Overdrive. Orange County has a pretty decent selection. I even have my old mom & dad using it for their Kindles!

  • Beth

    My library uses OverDrive as well, and has their own portal to it. I’ve never put it on my phone as an app, but for functionality I find it’s good (I use it to download audiobooks and put them on my iPod).

  • Allie

    Overdrive can be really frustrating if you don’t have access to a good public library system. Apparently someone at my library loves Mary Higgins Clark and that’s about it 🙂
    HOWEVER, if you do find a book you want, it is simple to download it to your kindle. No need to read on your computer. If that was necessary I would skip it completely. As it is, I only use it once in a great while – generally if I am totally and completely bored – but that happened to me yesterday and so now I have a couple of Overdrive-borrowed books on my kindle paperwhite.

    If you can’t figure out how, drop a line and I could walk you through. But it should not be difficult. Just borrow something and follow the instructions to download to your kindle. Good luck!