What is OverDrive READ? How do I read an ebook in my browser?
If an ebook title is available in the OverDrive READ format, and you are using a device that has a compatible web browser, you can simply select the "Read" button after you borrow an item and read it in your browser. From inside the book, click or tap the bookmark icon in the upper-left to save your position (this will be saved across multiple devices). To read offline in your browser, just add the title to your favorites or bookmark it in your browser. More information can be found on OverDrive's How to use OverDrive READ page and the OverDrive READ FAQ.
How long do I keep titles?
Users can set their own default lending period on a format-by-format basis. Sign into your Account and choose Settings to change your default lending options. If you do not set any lending periods, the system-wide default for all formats will continue to be 14 days. You have the options to set defaults for 3, 5, 7, or 14 days depending on format.
Can I return an item early?
Yes. Find out how.
How do I download?
"Borrowing" and "Downloading" are two separate actions. The checkout period begins when you "borrow," not when you start downloading. Before you download the first item to your MAC or PC, you need to download OverDrive Media Console software for audiobooks or music and Adobe Digital Editions for e-books. There are links to download both the OverDrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions on the OverDrive Software Download page. If you have a mobile device, you'll want to install the OverDrive app. Learn more abou the app needed for your device here.
After you've borrowed the item, you have the option to "download" in the formats available to you. Follow the prompts to download to your device.
Audiobook titles are split into parts. You can download all parts or just a few, and come back for more. Select the parts you desire, and click "OK" to start the download. Once the download is complete, you can close your Internet connection and access the file offline.
How do I stream a video?
Once you have checked out a video, just click play from your Bookshelf. All videos through GPDL are streamed, so you will need an Internet connection. Videos cannot be downloaded for offline use at this time.
If I want to listen to audiobooks, should I choose MP3 or WMA format?
It depends on your device. MP3s will download wirelessly to almost any device with the OverDrive app. WMAs (Windows Media Audio files) must be downloaded to a Windows PC, then transferred to any other device.
Why do some titles only have one format option available? What if I need the Kindle format or the MP3 format for my device?
Library selectors purchase every format available when selecting an item, but unfortunately, some publishers restrict items to one format. If the item does not have a choice of formats, we were only able to purchase it in one format, for example: EPUB or WMA.
I saw a book on Amazon that I'd like the Library to purchase, can I recommend titles?
You can recommend titles, but please be aware that many titles available on consumer sites, such as Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble, are not available for library purchase. This decision is made by the ebook or audiobook's publisher.
You can recommend titles by logging in to your GPDL Account and choosing "Additional Titles to Recommend" or by searching for an item. When you select "Recommend", you will have the option of inputing your email address to be notified if the library purchases the item. You will also be able to have a hold placed for you when the item is purchased.
You can also recommend titles by going to "Suggest a Purchase" on the Library's website. Please be sure to specify which format you would like.