OverDrive is planning new and easier features for Libby! However if you currently use the OverDrive mobile app, you may have noticed some changes using the Overdrive app now. OverDrive's goal is to simplify checking out ebooks and audiobooks by only using one app instead of two. In doing so, only the Libby mobile app will be available by the end of 2022.
Because this is an adjustment for many of us, here are some frequently asked questions to help along the way.
Why has OverDrive decided go from OverDrive and Libby to just Libby?
OverDrive wants to make checking out ebooks and audiobooks simpler by having only one app. With Libby, they can add more features and enhancements.
Can I still get the Overdrive app for my mobile devices?
As of February 23, the Overdrive mobile app is no longer available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft store.
Will I have to switch to Libby?
Yes, eventually. OverDrive’s goal is to have most OverDrive app users moved over to Libby by the end of 2022. We’ll keep you updated about plans and timing for officially retiring the OverDrive app and provide plenty of notice to ensure a smooth transition.
What if I already have the Overdrive app on my device?
For now, If you already have the OverDrive app (mobile or desktop) installed, you will still be able to use it without disruption and continue to access the library’s OverDrive website.
What if I have a Kindle Fire?
Right now, Libby isn't available on the Amazon Appstore. OverDrive is currently working with Amazon on this, but we have no date yet.
What if I have a Nook or Kobo?
If you have a NOOK, Kobo, or similar e-reader, you can download books to a computer then use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to transfer them to your device.
Change can be difficult, but the ease and enhancements in Libby will make your library-on-the-go a great experience. Your local library staff are glad to help you navigate this process. You can always leave a question or comment below as well.
I have a few questions about the replacement of OverDrive with Libby. Your help is appreciated.
Will I still be able to listen to audiobooks offline? I am often in remote areas or traveling on a plane with no streaming access (no cellphone service or wifi). I also have friends who are $$-strapped and cannot afford internet or large data plans. They, too, will want to listen to audiobooks offline..
Using OverDrive, I can transfer audiobooks to my mom's mp3 player that is specially designed for people with dementia. She (and others like her) are unable to manipulate an app on a device. This special mp3 player allows her to independently start and stop the audiobook. Will I still be able to accommodate her needs with Libby?
Thank you for any information you can share.
Thank you for your patience. I had to forward your questions to folks who are more well-versed in Libby than I am.
The answer to your first question is yes, you are able to download and listen to audiobooks offline. Here is a support page and video that goes into more detail: https://help.libbyapp.com/en-us/6022.htm?Highlight=download%20audiobooks
The answer to your second question is a little less clear. We found this on the Libby support site:
"Will users still have the option to download audiobooks to a desktop computer and transfer them to an MP3 player?
Users who previously downloaded the legacy OverDrive for Windows or OverDrive for Mac desktop programs can continue to use these applications without disruption by downloading audiobooks from your library’s .overdrive.com website.
As technology continues to evolve, there are no plans for Libby to support downloading audiobooks to a desktop computer and transferring them to an MP3 player."