Overdrive Updates

OverDrive is a great place to access books 24/7. It has been widely accessed throughout our district and will likely continue to grow as we add to the digital library. If you’re an avid user of OverDrive, you may have noticed some updates recently made to OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen:

OverDrive Read

  • The menu icon is updated.

  • “Readability Settings” was changed to “Reading Settings” and the menu icon was updated.

  • Sepia was added as a lighting option in “Reading Settings.”

  • Notes & highlights pages are now available for titles borrowed in OverDrive Read. If you open an eBook in OverDrive Read and make notes and/or highlights in that eBook, those notes and highlights will display on the Notes & highlights page, even if you don’t have the title checked out anymore. This allows students to refer to their notes for homework, book reports, etc., after the lending period ends.

    Notes & highlights pages show highlighted passages, the colors of the highlights, and any notes made in the eBook. The pages also show reading information such as how many pages were read, how long the book was open, and more.

    Keep in mind: Depending on the length of the highlighted passage, the Notes & highlights page may only display a portion of the passage.

    The Notes and highlights page is accessed from the user’s Account.

OverDrive Listen

  • A sleep timer is now available. It’s set at 30 minutes by default, but can be changed based on the user’s preference. Simply swipe (or click and drag) to set a different time.

  • Moved the playback speed control to the header. Click or tap the speedometer icon to adjust the speed.

  • The header now simply includes the playback speed control, menu, and sleep timer for quick access to the most utilized features.

Happy reading!


About Christie Boen

I have worked with Bend-La Pine Schools since 2007. I am an Instructional Technology Coach and District Librarian.