When you buy an ebook, audiobook, or video in Marketplace, you get all of the formats listed for that title.

After your users borrow a title from your OverDrive collection in the OverDrive app or your library website, they will select the format that works on their device. Please note that not every title will work with every device. You can check which formats work on specific devices using our device profiles.

Below is a summary of how the different formats available in Marketplace work with popular devices.

Note: In our new app, Libby, users don't have to select a format after borrowing an ebook or audiobook. Learn more about Libby here.

Ebook formats

Kindle Book (U.S. only):

  • Amazon's ebook format, available in the U.S. only.
  • Can be opened on Kindle devices, in free Kindle reading apps, and in Kindle Cloud Reader.
  • Requires users to have an Amazon account to complete the borrowing process.

OverDrive Read:

  • Opens right in your browser. No software or downloads required.
  • Compatible with most current web browsers (like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 11), meaning that it works on most computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • A good option for shared computers/devices.
  • Learn more about OverDrive Read compatibility on OverDrive Help.

Fixed-layout OverDrive Read:

  • A type of OverDrive Read ebook that has a set ("fixed") layout, determined by the publisher.
  • Technically compatible with any device that supports OverDrive Read, but best for devices with larger screens (e.g. iPads, laptops).
  • A good option for shared computers/devices.
  • Learn more about fixed-layout eBooks on OverDrive Help.

Read-alongs:

  • A type of OverDrive Read ebook that comes with professionally recorded narration that plays along while you read.
  • Has slightly different compatibility requirements than standard OverDrive Read ebooks.
  • A good option for shared computers/devices.
  • Requires an active internet connection (for narration).
  • Learn more about compatibility for read-along ebooks on OverDrive Help.

MediaDo Reader:

  • Opens right in your browser. No software or downloads required.
  • Designed to display specially formatted content from specific publishers, like graphic novels or books that read right-to-left.
  • Compatible with most current web browsers (like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9 and above), meaning that it works on most computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • A good option for shared computers/devices.
  • Requires an active internet connection.
  • Learn more about MediaDo Reader compatibility on OverDrive Help.

Adobe EPUB:

  • The industry standard ebook format with built-in digital rights management (DRM).
  • Can be downloaded to the free OverDrive app for Android (including Fire tablets and most NOOK tablets), iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), or Windows 8 and up.
  • Can be downloaded to free Adobe Digital Editions software on Windows and Mac computers and transferred to many ebook readers.

Open EPUB:

  • Similar to Adobe EPUB, but DRM-free (not digitally protected) and thus compatible with a wider variety of programs and devices.

Adobe PDF:

  • A downloadable format with built-in digital rights management (DRM).
  • Can be downloaded to free Adobe Digital Editions software on Windows and Mac computers and transferred to some ebook readers.
  • Not compatible with most mobile devices or the OverDrive app.

Open PDF:

  • Similar to Adobe PDF, but DRM-free (not digitally protected) and thus compatible with a wider variety of programs and devices.

For more information, please see What are the differences between ebook formats? on OverDrive Help.

Audiobook formats

OverDrive Listen:

  • Opens right in your browser. No software or downloads required.
  • Compatible with most current web browsers (like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer 11), meaning that it works on most computers, tablets, and smartphones.
  • A good option for shared computers/devices.
  • Requires an active internet connection.
  • Learn more about OverDrive Listen compatibility on OverDrive Help.

MP3:

  • Downloadable audiobook format.
  • Can be downloaded to the free OverDrive app for Android (including Fire tablets and most NOOK tablets), Chromebook, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), or Windows 8 and up.
  • Can be downloaded to free OverDrive software for Windows and Mac computers and transferred to Apple devices and many other MP3 players.

For more information, please see What are the differences between audiobook formats? on OverDrive Help.

Video formats

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019 05:29PM EST