Answered By: Meg Holle
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2017     Views: 540

Enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks and videos using OverDrive on your Kindle tablet (Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD/HDX). If you want to only use the Kindle format—or if you have a non-tablet Kindle like a Paperwhite—follow these instructions:

If you want eAudiobooks and streaming video plus more eBooks for your Kindle Fire, see below.

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OverDrive for Kindle Fire Kindle logo
Download and set up the app (a one-time process)

  1. Using your Kindle, go to the Amazon Appstore and install the free OverDrive app. You may need your Amazon ID.
  2. Open the app, tap Sign Up and then tap Sign up using library card.
  3. On the Find your library screen, in the box enter: Austin Public Library. Then tap Go.
  4. Tap one of our branches—it doesn't matter which one.
  5. Enter your Card Number and password. Tap Sign In.

Borrow and use content

  1. In the OverDrive app, tap the menu in the top left: OverDrive hamburger
  2. Tap Austin Public Library from the slide-out menu to go our OverDrive catalog.
  3. Find an item to borrow.

    Screenshot of the app options. Search by title author or topic in the Search box or tap the menu to and then choose Subjects or Collections to browse. 

    Once you have a list of items...

    Check the banner to see if the item is available. The Audiobook "Being a Beast" says Available at the top. The eBook "Fates and Furies" says Wait List at the top. To learn more about a title or read a sample, tap its cover.

    A "Play" icon with the label, "VIDEO" can only be streamed; videos cannot be downloaded.

  4. Tap Borrow if available. If the item has a wait list, you can place a hold to get in line. If prompted, sign in using your Library Card number and PIN.

    Tip: You can have 10 checkouts and 10 holds in OverDrive at a time.


  5. The message "This title is now checked out to you" appears at the top in red. If available, tap Add to App to load the title directly into the app and go to Step 7.

    If you don't see this button or prefer the Kindle format, tap Loans in the message.

    Tip: You can see Loans anytime by tapping the OverDrive loans icon, which looks like 3 books on a shelf in the top right.


  6. For Audiobooks, tap Download MP3 audiobook.

    For Videos, tap Add to App to stream it. Videos cannot be downloaded.

    For eBooks, tap Choose a Format and pick one. The book content is the same, though you might prefer one app's interface or options over the other.

    Kindle Books will be sent to your Kindle app like a regular Kindle book. Follow the process here, starting at Step 5.

    EPUB eBooks will download to the OverDrive app. Continue with Step 7 below.

    The "Fates and Furies" is shown. The Download menu is activated and the EPUB option is selected.

  7. Items will load in the app. To see them, tap OverDrive hamburger and then tap Bookshelf from the slide-out menu. Tap the item to open it. Audiobooks show options automatically. For eBooks and Videos, tap in the center of your device to see options, including:

    the gear icon = for styling options (font size, line spacing, etc.)
    the bookmark icon  = to bookmark your place
    the table of contents icon = to see the Table of Contents and other title information