OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks Book App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English

Seller: OverDrive, Inc.

· Fixes a bug that prevented the Dictionary from opening.
· Fixes a bug that prevented some users from accessing History.
· Fixes syncing issues with OverDrive One.
· Fixes display issues on the iPhone in landscape mode.
· Other bug fixes and improvements.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
2102 Ratings
All Versions:
37455 Ratings


Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks from your library using OverDrive Media Console on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. More than 22,000 libraries worldwide offer titles via OverDrive, so download the app and add your library today.

· Available 24/7, your library never closes.
· No more late fees. Titles are automatically returned.
· Place holds, create wish lists, and return titles easily.
· A valid account with a participating library, school, or other institution is required.
· Each library builds its own collection of titles. Contact them directly to let them know that you’re using OMC and to share any suggestions for books you would like to see them carry.
· New look. Simplified menus put everything a swipe and a tap away.

Sync recent position and bookmarks across devices using OverDrive One. Please note:
· OverDrive Media Console v3 must be installed on all devices.
· OverDrive Media Console v3 must be authorized with the same Adobe ID on all devices.
· The same OverDrive One account must be used to log in on all devices.
· Titles must be downloaded to all devices.

Customer Reviews

  • Great way to read anywhere

    by Michellecm

    It is VERY easy to use and search titles. The only thing I wish could be improved would be to automatically sync what I'm reading on different devices.

  • Must Have App

    by cdw528

    My iPod's brain became scrambled and while I was waiting for my new one, I became aware of how much I used this app for audible and printed books. The old saw is so true that you don't appreciate what you have till it's gone. Of course your library selection of digital titles is equally important.

  • I enjoy listening to books

    by Cade e

    I really enjoy listening to books from the library. I just wish the app was not such a battery drain.

  • I enjoy listening to books

    by Cade e

    I really enjoy listening to books from the library. I just wish the app was not such a battery drain.

  • Fun reading

    by Runner 131

    Good, easy way to read books.

  • App is great

    by 11sweetie

    No problems. Read many books and enjoy the app

  • Works well

    by westphila

    This app works perfectly fine. I haven't come across any bugs. I like that I can connect to a couple of different library systems (where I already have memberships). I even used this app to download materials while I was abroad on vacation and did not run into any problems.

  • Fantastic

    by Stevenroni

    I love this app. Makes thing easy!

  • I love to read

    by Tee Lu

    Overdrive is awesome! I have different sources where I can add books to my bookshelf from and it is so easy and convenient to use.

  • I love to read

    by Tee Lu

    Overdrive is awesome! I have different sources where I can add books to my bookshelf from and it is so easy and convenient to use.

  • Smooth Operation

    by writemom1

    Works well with my library's virtual book/audio book site. Try to have a wifi connection to download a book, though - without it the download is slow or just fails

  • Could be 5 stars but

    by missy alexander

    I will give it 5 stars when the rate this app box stops popping up every time I open the app. Every time I hit the don't ask anymore box but it still pops up. The prompt to rate is still popping up after I rated it. This takes my rating from four to three stars.

  • Love this app! Keeps me sane.

    by peacefuljules

    I access my state online library with this app and love it! Listen to many a book while driving.

  • Very useful so keep improving

    by Ree Nee

    I read and listen to my library books. I have had no trouble with written material, but audio books have glitches. Downloading is a problem, at times. There is also a problem when switching from my ipad to my iPhone. Even though I bookmark each time I stop on both, often the app does not catch up. Other than that, I love the app.

  • Review

    by judy5900

    I really love this app. Even when I've had problems all I had to do was call the library, they called tech support and the problem was resolved in a matter of hours, even though they told me it may take a day or two.

  • Awesome!!!

    by Reese' Cup

    Love this app. I can take a book everywhere. No more library line. Thank u!!!!

  • Great for on the go

    by Kelgal379

    I use this app all of the time! I travel a lot for work, and this allows me the option to continue reading/listening to books even while in the car or in the air.

  • Renew option needed

    by smm111

    It would be really great if we would have the option to renew a book before having to return it. This has always been an option with the paper books at the library, if there wasn't a wait list you could renew. It would also be nice if you could see if a book had holds before returning it. There is no way to tell that if you have the book currently downloaded.

  • A little buggy but good

    by MollyCampbell14

    Love that I can so easily browse and borrow library books. I love the bookmarks and sleep timer feature since I usually listen to audiobooks at night and tend to fall asleep. The app does run a little slow, and usually when I click on my last bookmark, it still starts the audio from where it was when the sleep timer went off, I have to go back into the bookmarks menu and click the bookmark a second time to get it to actually start in the right place.

  • Great app

    by LadyLeonardo

    Very easy to use, and i can check out many books at once, what is not to like? Love it!

  • Happy to have access to library

    by Nextest

    Overall the app does what it was designed for. A little more help in the setup and use would be great. Once I used the app for a week I found it very useful. I am to able to sync with other devices and the selection from my library was larger than expected. Glad I decide to download and use the app.

  • Love it

    by MartiGras

    Best app I own

  • Love it!

    by Happystar10

    Love having all these books at my finger tips... App works great!

  • Awesome App!!

    by MisterMikeyMike


  • Overdrive is the best !!

    by Setsu magoo

    I've been renting Ebooks from overdrive for a couple of years now. I love it!! It has always worked, 100% of the time. I never have to worry about late fees, the selection is huge and if it isn't available immediately I receive an email notification when it is. And, you can choose to read books from your kindle or phone. It's just awesome. I love it!

  • Love this app

    by Sir baggy bottoms

    I love this app! I can listen to books on tape!

  • Good

    by Phatman5

    Plenty of libraries. Good reader

  • Best App Ever!

    by JamieR61q

    You can download e-books and audiobooks from your public library: Instant gratification and no late fees. Who could want for more?

  • Mostly fabulous

    by Julie Bilbro

    I love what this app provides, but it could be more intuitive. It's not easy to navigate.

  • Does a great job

    by Smellygoaliepants

    Works as advertised!

  • Great way to get ebooks borrowed from you're local library

    by Tinboy39

    You pick your library and start borrowing books! No wifi needed! Way better than going to library's website

  • Stable

    by Nova quazar

    Very stable app that does what it is supposed to do. But a very limited library of books.

  • Love Overdrive

    by Lisanjer

    This is the best invention ever! Love reading but never have time to go to the library. With overdrive, I can read all of the books I have wanted to check out and my kids can also read tons of kids books. I just love it!

  • PLEASE fix the bugs. Why is it taking so long???

    by MadamsOrgan

    This app is amazing and I'm very grateful for it. But after 5+ months, they STILL haven't fixed the landscape/portrait sensing function with the iPad. How is that possible?? How can it possibly take this long to fix that bug?? Especially when they figured out how to fix the same bug with the iPhone?? It's really frustrating. There're other bugs, especially with audiobooks, but I can at least make it through the day without pulling out my hair when it comes to those. Ever since that massive Apple software overhaul, Overdrive still hasn't gotten it together. And it's been months since the last update. This app has unbelievable potential. They need to get some better software developers.

  • Needs work but using it

    by Glov11

    App works great with one device but won't sync to other devices looking forward to updates

  • Could be 5 stars but

    by missy alexander

    I will give it 5 stars when the rate this app box stops popping up every time I open the app. Every time I hit the don't ask anymore box but it still pops up.

  • Could be 5 stars but

    by missy alexander

    I will give it 5 stars when the rate this app box stops popping up every time I open the app. Every time I hit the don't ask anymore box but it still pops up.

  • Love this app

    by jacksgramma

    Great customer support and love the bookmarking options. This app makes it so much easier than via cd's

  • Wonderful

    by Rooooooooooop

    Has always worked for me! I really enjoy it so much. Great for audiobooks.

  • Awesome!!

    by Dragonwithaunicornhorn

    I love this app! It's pretty straight forward and easy to use and you also get to listen to audio books! Hooray!

  • Magic trick or buggy app?

    by Noothername96

    I just tried to download the app and as soon as it finished it disappeared

  • Back to paper

    by P3125x5

    The previous version was making me fan. This version has me ordering paper books whenever I can, which is almost always. I hope my library moves to something better.

  • Great!

    by Jessnider

    I love this app to check out books and audio books from my library. It is different to use but the library will walk you through it and gives you written instructions. It is nice from the go. With iPhone. I love the timer for the audiobooks.

  • Love it

    by Rbmccaffery

    The app is great, love the way technology is moving along!

  • Terrible

    by Alex Gamadanis

    I've attempted to download or checkout 4 books never been successful.. They always crash/show downloaded but not all the way or download yet I go to listen and chapters are missing.. What a waste of time this app is.

  • Flawless performance

    by sonofelma

    My favorite app. I am selling my books, because I do all my reading on Overdrive. Same with audiobooks. It is how I use my local library now. It took years to perfect digital checkout, and I have to say this is the breakthrough I hoped for. Best of all, no more late charges!

  • A great app

    by Locomotive Express

    I think it works great. I am easily able to download book and read/listen. Highly recommend it.

  • Overdrive Media i use it, I recommend it I love it!

    by Bevgal_3

    I started using this app when I answered a tech support call about it in 2010. I've been a constant user and promoter of it ever since. Ive had the app crash or lose my DLs like many others. But I delete the app, clear Safari cookies and history on iPad the reinstall the app. Resign in and I am off and reading again

  • Perfect.

    by Prof101

    Once you get the hang of it, it is the perfect app for both Ebooks and audio books. I have public library accounts in two states, and it's very easy to search, access, borrow, and download books from both sites in one easy app.

  • Thank God

    by The tin knocker

    I am unable to get out of the house much, so being to read every dad saves my life. I really do not know what I would do without it. :-)

  • Good app

    by Mikeh:-)

    It is a good app to read and listen to books from your library. Could be more intuitive for users to navigate within.

  • good

    by kim mymin

    not bad

  • Love it!

    by Vixy.b

    Couldn't live without this on my phone!!!

  • Great for library access

    by Queen of it all

    Proud to say that I read, OK, listened to at least 10 books last year that I checked out of the LA City and County libraries. This is a great app. This is how I like to see my tax money used.

  • Great!


    Very good app! You get less selection if u have a lbry card to a smaller library

  • Good app

    by happymack410

    Wish you didn't have to go through the library to borrow books.

  • A Must Have

    by Jean Occeus

    You can connect to your local library and get your favorite media ( audiobook, ePub, or kindle). There's so much available content that I have to use better time management skills to enjoy it all.

  • Does it's job

    by Sandra Esparza

    Does it's job, no complaints

  • Satisfied user

    by WillowsFish

    I have been pleased with this app. (Downloading, playing) It could be a little more user friendly by remembering my tastes but overall I am enjoying devouring books as fast as I can download them. :)

  • Frustrating

    by Kit Fry

    I would like this app more if it didn't fail to download auto book files. It's so frustrating because the app doesn't make you aware that only part of the file downloaded. I end up downloading files over and over never sure whether I'm missing just a could of words or in one case two whole chapters. Having difficulty downloading is one thing. It's a whole other to seem like everything downloaded ok when not a single file downloaded in its entirety.

  • Simply not a good ebook reader

    by KenPar

    If you've use iBooks or Kindle ereaders, Overdrive will frustrate you mercilessly! It just doesn't work right. Here are a few examples: if you download a book to the ePub format(Adobe reader), it comes to your browser. If you don't like the book you downloaded, you can't return it early.

  • This is great

    by jme n Eli

    Wonderful way to listen to library books!

  • Slow and clunky

    by RadioWoman

    Clearly designed by a committee - and not a very bright one at that. You, practically, need to go get a cup of coffee while you're waiting for this clunky app to perform a single function. It's VERY poorly designed and extremely frustrating. Calling it a "media console" is a joke. It's media akin to the old days of phone modem. I've contacted my library, filing a complaint about how poorly this app performs.

  • Awesome

    by Wgbabymom

    I love being able to access my library on the go!

  • Amazing

    by Katmhsa

    I love this app it is easy to use

  • Love this app!

    by Travelin' Gal

    As an avid reader, I love how this app lets me take 10-20 books on trips and cruises - all on my little mini iPad - and check out new ones as I go.

  • Great for people with disabilities!

    by Sweetmama03

    I am a senior citizen with learning disabilities. It has always taken me FOREVER to finish reading a book. With the Audiobooks available at my library I have now listened to (read) 15 books since right before Christmas!! Love this app and highly recommend it!!!!

  • My most-used app

    by Futureexmrsmalcolm

    I adore the Overdrive app (though that could be due in part to my local library's large selection of e-media). I listen to audio books during my commute and at work. Once you get everything set up--library account, Adobe account, etc--the app works fairly seamlessly. I took away one star for the app's inability to "download in background." If you're downloading a file/files, you have to keep Overdrive open and on the screen or you'll receive constant push notifications saying your file(s) can't be downloaded in the background. It's my only complaint, but its fairly obnoxious! Otherwise, I'm very pleased with Overdrive and only wish I'd gotten it sooner.

  • Love this!

    by Kaytaymo

    Great app! Love how it sincs with my local library site!

  • Great app!

    by Di Fran

    I love this app! Works great on both iPad and iPhone 5 and syncs well between the two devices! With being confined to the house for several months over the past year and unable to get to the library because of illness and injury, it has been a tremendous gift to be able to access reading materials from home!

  • Awesome App

    by GimmeBlood

    I love this app I use it almost everyday. When I'm walking I use it with my Bluetooth headphones... it makes the time fly.

  • Greatest App ever!

    by Rayjoy07

    I've been using this app for years and it is wonderful! I've never had a problem with it.

  • Love it

    by donnpe

    Love it

  • Great app for library e-books

    by CrashDavis03

    OverDrive is a great app for accessing and reading e-books through public libraries. It has search features and then has a reader for Abode ePub books.

  • Love this app!

    by Colin73839

    Great app! I use it all the time, love it and have never had any problems with it.

  • Overdrive

    by Goodies mama

    I love this app! Being able to borrow books electronically from my local library is awesome!

  • Love this app

    by John Scates

    Overdrive is fabulous! I listen to books as I'm walking the dogs, putting on makeup, flat ironing my hair and cleaning my house.

  • Improve search parameters to weed out children's books

    by Safari problem

    The app does not do a good job of defining books by age range. When I search on literature, for example, advanced search by level either weeds out nothing, or too much. Please find a way to exclude children's books from searches.

  • 5 stars

    by Becksguti

    So convenient.

  • Love This App

    by ladyjustice7

    I love this app! I read even more books because it's so convenient to get them. I even use it to listen to books on the drive to and from work.

  • Great App

    by Gwu32

    I love this app. It allows you to borrow eBooks from libraries. It works great & the books are automatically returned. It's also great that libraries are getting more eBooks.

  • Good app!

    by Danielw9

    Does what it's supposed to do, though it requires most of the processing power my iPod 4 can put out. Instructions that it wants to be the only thing running would be useful. :)

  • Fantastic

    by TheDort

    It works

  • Awesome app!!!

    by Alisha Jones

    Wanted to give this 4 stars only because I hate having to sign in over and over, however, that said I effen love this app so I had to give it the full 5 stars. It has opened a whole new world of reading and it helps me keep my sanity while driving in Chicago traffic. I can't believe the number of books available on both audio and downloadable readable formats. Without this app I would continue to have road rage so a HUGE thumbs up to OVERDRIVE. This is my number one favorite app.

  • Good when it works

    by Moby711

    If you like large books forget it. I can't remember how many times I've been half way through a chapter and it jumps forward or starts over. This app needs some serious bugs squashed.

  • USED to love this app

    by BeccaMommy

    No longer allows me to listen AND do other tasks on my phone. Automatically closed out and won't keep playing. Please fix!!!

  • I like it

    by Phae phae

    I love that this app interfaces with my library, saves my place and makes books easy to read on my iPhone. However, sometimes my ability to navigate through searches and renewing books is cumbersome.

  • Ugh

    by Ben in Toledo

    The audible app is so much better. Very irritating when I PURCHASE an audiobook but can't move it to my phone because this app says it's protected and my phone has to be synced to allow it. I'm not going to wipe my entire phone to move over a single file. I get the idea of protecting content, but not at the expense of laying customers. Terrible.

  • Love it

    by Pacmm


  • Love the app

    by Dondo12

    I love listening to books on long drives and borrowing them is very economical.

  • OverDrive Media Console

    by Gamer2346

    Wonderful idea; great functionality. This App has increased my access to my library. My only regrets are that they do not transfer your history when you change your device and that the upgraded format is a little less intuitive than the older versions. If I could give 4 1/2 stars I would. Great App, just not perfect.

  • Great to have books at my fingertips

    by Djdjebzhsjsndvhssjdb

    Easy to use once you get used to it. Love it that I can place holds and get notifications when ready. Also, no more driving to the library to pay overdue fines!

  • Great way to listen to audiobooks

    by The Gratitude Coach

    Well done! Easy-to-use.

  • Works well

    by G4Monster

    Connects to my library and males it easy to check out electronic books to read on my iPad and iPhone

  • Decent app - I use it daily

    by SierraKuo

    I downloaded this app to take advantage of my local library's ebook circulation, and I'm thrilled I did. While the app isn't the prettiest thing you'll ever see, it is very functional. I've been using it almost daily for probably three months now and don't have any major complaints. I've had to look up how to do certain things (like return books or magnify images in a book), but I've always been able to find the answer with minimal fuss. The only thing that makes me rate it only four stars is that the ePub files still do weird things in the viewer, like have just a sliver of the title page on a second page (I'm on an iPhone). That should t really happen, even though it doesn't really affect my reading experience.

  • Needs improvements in battery usage

    by Bala Rajaraman

    Very good app. However it is drains the battery fairly quickly. 80% - 60% in about 2 hrs. For a book reader this is pretty awful.

  • Overdrive is problematic

    by SueCarole

    When Overdrive is working properly, it is wonderful! However, I have had problems with downloading books for the third time in ten months. There seems to be no recourse but to uninstall and then reinstall, thus losing your reading history. Overdrive's Help feature doesn't answer this problem.

  • Money saving

    by Barbara21ann

    Being able to get books from the local library is money saving and convenient. Not all books are available but there are tons of variety. Easy to use and sinc-able to multiple devices. Good app

  • Money saving

    by Barbara21ann

    Being able to get books from the local library is money saving and convenient. Not all books are available but there are tons of variety. Easy to use and sinc-able to multiple devices. Good app

  • Love overdrive

    by Katznidd

    I stare at a computer all day so it's a relief that I can give my eyes a rest by listening to audiobooks when I'm commuting, doing chores, etc. I'm so glad I found overdrive. It downloads audiobooks seamlessly and it's easy to navigate thru as well. Thx you overdrive!

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