On May 1, 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. We encourage you to make the switch to Libby, our newer reading app. Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines.
From Overdrive/Libby: Why is this happening now?
We launched the Libby app in 2017, with the goal of creating a simple and intuitive library app that builds on the core experience from the OverDrive app. We closely reviewed what was working with the OverDrive app and what could be improved. During this time, we didn't want to interrupt the experience for users, so the two apps have both been available.
Thanks to feedback from librarians and readers like you, Libby is now a great app for everyone and there's no longer a reason to have two apps that do the same thing.
Why do I have to wait for ebooks and eaudiobooks? Aren't digital books unlimited?
Libraries have to purchase an e-book in the same way they purchase physical books. Instead of purchasing a physical copy the library purchases a license. Part of this license requires that only one copy be available to one user at a time, just like physical books. This ensures that authors, narrators and other creators are paid fairly for their work, even when consumed digitally.
Why not just purchase more digital copies to reduce wait times?
The number of copies the library purchases depends on demand and budget. However, digital book licenses for libraries cost more than a consumer purchasing a digital copy at a retailer and can cost more than physical books. While a physical book can cost the library $15-20 each, a digital license can cost $45-$100 depending on the title.
What is an eBook embargo?
Learn more about it here.
Last updated: October 2021