If you have a smartphone, e-reader, tablet, computer, or any device that allows you to listen to audio books or read books in electronic format, Overdrive needs to be your favorite app.
What is Overdrive?
Overdrive is a virtual library. Over 22,000 libraries worldwide are currently connected to the service. Now, you have to have an account and library card number to use Overdrive, but most of the people visiting my site have their first library cards framed and hanging along the staircase alongside family photos, so I’m guessing that’s not an obstacle.
Each library will carry different titles, of course, but all carry enough now that you’ll never be without a book to read or listen to. I download Kindle books for my Kindle, iPad, Droid, and iPhone (no, I’m not that geeky, the Droid is my work phone). I also download audio books onto my iPhone for my drive time every day.
I have accounts at two libraries locally, one of which is connected to the Midwest Collaborative Network. That gives me thousands of titles, both fiction and non-fiction, to choose from.
How do I get started with Overdrive?
Simple. Go to your store, where you usually get your apps, and search “Overdrive.” It’s a free download so go ahead and grab it. Once you open it, you’ll be prompted to search for you library and enter your card number. If your library isn’t connected to Overdrive, search for ones nearby. Then call and see if you can open an account to download electronic books.
There are no late fees, for which I am eternally grateful. When your due date comes, Overdrive simply removes the book from your device. My wife likes to download several books into her Kindle, then turn off the wi-fi function. That way, she can read them at her leisure. She can go past the due date and, when she’s done, she turns on her wi-fi and the books are removed.
Never without a book!
The audio books are easy to load and use. I have a cord in my truck that I plug into my iPhone, allowing me to listen to my audio books over the speakers. I also have my Kindle app on every device, so no matter where I’m stranded, I’ve got a book in my hands.
My one complaint is that I cannot select an e-book from my computer or iPad and have it downloaded to my phone. I have to search and select from the phone. It’s not quite as user friendly to search from the phone, but not too much hassle. I like to have a couple books ready to go so that I’m never without. Important for the writer, who must be constantly studying his craft.
Go to the Overdrive website for more information.
How about you? Are you an Overdrive user? What do you like or dislike about the Overdrive app?