Answered By: Meg Holle
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2019     Views: 13107

Kindle books from OverDrive can be read on a Kindle or with the free Kindle app on another device. 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 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 10 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, click Get library book and sign into your Amazon account. You will then choose your device and click Continue.
  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 the OverDrive app to check out Kindle books plus EPUB format eBooks and MP3 Audiobooks, which you can listen to through the app.