How to Use OverDrive for eBooks

eBook Formats

OverDrive eBooks are available in a number of different formats, which work on different devices.

  • Kindle Book is the only format that will work on a Kindle eReader (Kindle Fire will accept other formats). You can also read Kindle Books on many phones and tablets if you download the Kindle Reader app.
  • OverDrive Read format allows you to read eBooks in your web browser.
  • EPUB eBooks will work on most eReaders and mobile devices. You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions to transfer EPUB eBooks to an eReader. You will need to download the OverDrive Media Console app to download EPUB eBooks to a phone or tablet.
  • PDF eBooks will work on most eReaders. You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions to transfer PDF eBooks to an eReader.
  • Open EPUB eBooks will work on most eReaders and mobile devices. Because they don't have DRM, Open EPUB eBooks can be used with software other than Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive Media Console. Unlike EPUB eBooks, Open EPUB eBooks cannot be returned early.
  • Open PDF eBooks will work on most eReaders. Because they don't have DRM, Open PDF eBooks can be used with software other than Adobe Digital Editions or OverDrive Media Console. Unlike PDF eBooks, Open PDF eBooks cannot be returned early.