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Answered By: Maddy Newquist
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2023     Views: 24035

As of June 7, 2023, the OverDrive app is no longer available in app stores. OverDrive's Libby app is an easy way to get started with downloadable books, audiobooks, and magazines and is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Kindle Fire. Learn how to get started with Libby.


Kindle books from OverDrive can be read on a Kindle or with the free Kindle app on another device. You will need an Amazon account. There are two methods:

  • Get Kindle books using OverDrive (see below)
    This method is best for browsing and discovering titles because you can limit your search to only Kindle books.

Get Kindle books from OverDrive:

  1. Go to OverDrive.
  2. Find a book.
    • Click the magnifying glass iconto search by title, author or topic.
    • Click Subjects or Collections to browse (first click the menu icon, made up of three horizontally stacked lines if needed).

    To see only Kindle books, select Kindle Book under the eBooks filter. This is on the left on full-sized screens. On devices it's near the top under Filters.

    Under eBooks, Kindle Book is indicated.

    Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search. Under Formats choose Kindle Book, make other desired selections and then Search.
  3. 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 password.

    Tip: You can have 10 checkouts and 7 holds in OverDrive at a time.


  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your checkout period. Tap Borrow.

  5. Next to the book, choose Read now with Kindle.

    Screenshot of Dead Wake book jacket, with an arrow pointing to the "Read now with Kindle" button.

    Tip: You can get the Kindle book at a later time by clicking the OverDrive loans icon, which looks like 3 books on a shelf in the top right.


  6. Amazon will load in a new tab or window. Find Get library book on the right. If you are already signed in, confirm the device to which you want the book delivered with the drop-down menu and then click Get library book.

    Screenshot showing the button, "Get library book" and the drop-down menu, "Deliver to" with device options.

    If you are not signed in, sign into your Amazon account, choose your device and click Get library book.
  7. Your Kindle book will be delivered the next time your device syncs.


If you have a Kindle tablet (Kindle Fire / HD / HDX), you can use OverDrive's Libby app to explore the entire OverDrive collection, not just Kindle books. The Libby app is available in the Amazon Appstore. 


Need help?
If you are an Austin Public Library member, call us at 512-974-7400, Option 1, or come to Tech Time for hands-on help with setup and troubleshooting.

Not a member with us? Contact your own library. They can help.