Read, Listen, Enjoy Overdrive App

Total Score:  29

 If you love to read, than Overdrive for iPad or iPhone will become one of your favorite apps.   You add your library, search for an available title, and download a book.  For my library, there is a seven-day limit.  I assume something similar exists for other libraries.   This is a great resource for the avid reader.  It is a green solution to driving to a library to check out books – whether you want to read one or listen.  There are certainly more books available to check out at a library, but this is a great way to grab a book from the comfort of your home. It can also be used to read books obtained from retail sites.

Price Rating = 5     This app is free

Ease of Use Rating = 5      The app itself is easy to use – learning how to check out books takes a little use before it can be accomplished quickly.

 Readability Rating = 5     The font on both the iPad and iPhone are a good size and easy to read.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     If you read and like to read on your electronic devices, this is another must-have app.

Downsides Rating = 0     The only downside is that not all books are available to check out. That is not a reflection on the app; it is just the current state of electronic books from libraries.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4     There are over 35,000 reviews right now and the app is well received by the community.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     If you like to read and you like the convenience of checking out books electronically, then you will use this.  I am sure that Amazon does not appreciate this, but it does save money because you are not tempted to buy a book to read.   On the other hand, you can download your purchased books to Overdrive rather than Kindle.

How does it work? 

  1. To check out a library books you click on the “Get Books” tab.  From that tab, you add a library.  When you select your library, you are moved to the website for your library.  You can download Kindle or ePub books from this site.
  2. If you select a book from a retail site, you will be prompted to open in either iBooks or OverDrive (if you have the app loaded).   From that point, you can start reading.
  3. You can load more than one library if you live in more than one area or belong to more than one.
  4. Not only can you download books to read, but also you can listen to audio books.

Basically, Overdrive is a vehicle to allow you to check out library books.  You can download them to Overdrive or Kindle.   In addition, Overdrive is an option when you download retail books.  I expect I will come back to this review and add even more features later.  Right now, it is my go-to app for checking out library books.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.  This app was developed by Overdrive, Inc.

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