Android How To

Please note that some of these steps have changed. We are working to update the How To section. Until then, please refer to Overdrive's Help page.

Download the App

  1. Go to the Google Play store and search for Overdrive Media Console. It is completely free and will allow you to download EPUB e-books and MP3 e-audiobooks to your phone from Overdrive.
  2. The first time you open the app it will ask you to log in with or register for an Overdrive Account. To do this:
    1. Enter your email address and create a password.
    2. Open your email and click the confirmation link.
  3. From your Overdrive home page, tap Add a library.
  4. Enter your zip code and hit Search. Then select a Houston Public Library location.
  5. Tap the star to save Houston Area Digital Media Catalog to your library list. Then, tap Houston Area Digital Media Catalog to start signing in.

You are now ready to get started!

Sign In to Overdrive Media Console

  1. Open the Overdrive Media Console app.
  2. Select Houston Area Digital Media Catalog on your home screen.
  3. Once it has loaded, tap Sign In in the top right corner.
  4. Tap on the Select Library box, then select Houston Public Library from the dropdown menu.
  5. Enter your HPL My Link Card Number, then tap the Sign In button.
    1. Reminder: HPL My Link numbers start with 22477 or 77422.
    2. Check “Remember my login information on this device” if you want to save it for the next time you log in.

Access Account Features

After signing in, tap on the Account icon to view the following features:

  1. Bookshelf – Here you can view all the digital items which you have checked out. You can also download, read, or return items.
  2. Holds – Here you can view, edit, or cancel holds on digital items.
  3. Lists – Here you can view all Overdrive items you have placed in your wishlist.
  4. Settings – Here you can change settings such as checkout period, maturity filter, and list vs. cover art display.

Check Out an EPUB E-Book

  1. Log in to the Overdrive app then open the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog.
  2. Find an e-book you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black book icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Tapping on the menu icon and selecting a category to browse.
    2. Tapping on the magnifying glass and typing a book name in the search bar that appears.
  3. When you locate an e-book you wish to check out, tap on the cover image, then click the Borrow button.
  4. Tap on the Download button and select the EPUB format. Then, tap on Confirm & Download to download the e-book into the Overdrive App.
  5. To view your book, tap on the Overdrive icon in the top left corner, then tap Bookshelf.
  6. Tap on the cover to begin reading.

Check Out an MP3 E-Audiobook

  1. Log in to the Overdrive app then open the Houston Area Digital Media Catalog.
  2. Find an e-audiobook you wish to check out. Make sure it has a solid black headphone icon in the upper right corner of the cover art. This means it is available now. You can do this by:
    1. Tapping on the menu icon and selecting a category to browse.
    2. Tapping on the magnifying glass and typing a book name in the search bar that appears.
  3. When you locate an e-audiobook you wish to check out, tap on the cover image, then click the Borrow button.
  4. Tap on the Download button and select the MP3 format. Then, tap on Confirm & Download to download the e-audiobook into the Overdrive App.
  5. To view your book, tap on the Overdrive icon in the top left corner, then tap on Bookshelf.
  6. Tap on the cover to begin reading.

Return an E-Book/E-Audiobook

  1. Tap and hold on the cover of the item you wish to return or delete.
  2. Tap on the Return or Delete button.
    1. Return will return the item and delete it from that device.
    2. Delete will only delete it from that device. The item has not yet been returned.
  3. Select Yes to confirm.

Download Handouts

For detailed instructions with screenshots, download the following handouts:

  1. Overdrive EPUB
  2. Overdrive READ