Overdrive App discontinued as of May 1, 2023 @LibbyApp #DigitalReading #LibraryApps

On May 1, 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued, and the team encourages users to make the switch to Libby, Overdrive’s newer reading app. Libby is made by the same people, with the same goal of connection readers to their library.How do I switch from the OverDrive app to Libby?

If you’re using the OverDrive app, it’s time to switch to Libby! To get started, simply download the Libby app, find your library, and sign in. Your loans, holds and wish list items will be waiting for you when you get there. Access a how-to video, FAQs and more at overdrive.com/switchtolibby.

How this change will impact users:

OverDrive app users are being actively encouraged to switch to Libby
There is in-app messaging prompting them to make the switch
Users will find the same great titles from your library in modern, easy-to-use app
Their loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for them in Libby
Users looking for more information about Libby can visit this page.

Why is this happening now?

OverDrive launched the Libby app in 2017, with the goal of creating a simple and intuitive library app that builds on the core experience from the OverDrive app. We closely reviewed what was working with the OverDrive app and what could be improved. During this time, we didn’t want to interrupt the experience for users, so the two apps have both been available.
Thanks to feedback from librarians and readers like you, Libby is now a great app for everyone and there’s no longer a reason to have two apps that do the same thing. If you’ve enjoyed using the OverDrive app, we really hope you’ll love Libby.

Adding your OverDrive wish lists to Libby:

If you created wish lists in the OverDrive app, you can automatically import them into Libby as a smart tag.
You’ll be prompted via an in-app notification to import your wish list. To get started, go to the drop down menu tag and select the Sync Wish Lists notification.

Sync Wish List notification in Libby

Follow the prompts in the notification to either:
Create a new tag for your wish list. (This is a good option if you’re new to Libby.)
Merge your OverDrive wish list into an existing tag. (This is a good option if you already use a tag to track titles you want to read.)
Once created, you’ll find your wish list tag under the book tags
Wish lists from all your saved library cards are added to your wish list tag in Libby. If you add another library card with an OverDrive wish list later, that wish list will also be imported into Libby. On a personal note, I am a user of the Libby App. In fact, the last book I read was on Libby. I find it a very user friendly app. Libby’s ebook reader makes it easy to customize how you read. You can adjust an ebook’s font size, book layout, and lighting. As you read, you can also add bookmarks, create notes and highlights, and define words. Also, for audiobook lovers, Libby makes it simple to listen when, where, and how you want. Swipe on the book cover to skip backward or forward. Increase playback speed up to 3x. Set a sleep timer until the end of the chapter or for 5, 10, 30 minutes, or more.

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free!

I’d love to hear from anyone who would like to share their thoughts on using the Libby App and I hope you found this post informative.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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17 Responses to Overdrive App discontinued as of May 1, 2023 @LibbyApp #DigitalReading #LibraryApps

  1. sandys5 says:

    I have quite a few books downloaded on my OverDrive account from Audiobook Sync free summer reading program. This was before they started to use a different app. to download their books. I hope I don’t loose all these book “files”

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  2. Snapdragon says:

    My library made the switch from OneDrive to Libby on the first of 2023. I’m still trying to figure stuff out but works well. The downside is that there are no movies to check out on the app.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Although my library has had Libby for a while now, I kept using Overdrive because that is what I was used to. I finally got Libby because Overdrive is being discontinued, and I’m now on my 2nd book with Libby. I like Overdrive better, but I guess I will eventually get used to Libby.


  4. Carla says:

    Great informative post, Lynne. Both the libraries I use had already switched over so I am good, thank goodness.

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  5. I didn’t realise that Over Drive was still going Lynne. My library stopped using it ages ago when it transferred over to the Libby app, which I enjoy using.

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  6. Joanne says:

    Aahhhh you had me worried for a minute. On a quick glance I thought overdrive and Libby were going! I use Libby all the time for my audiobooks. Phew!

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  8. Carol says:

    I use Libby and it was a seamless transition.

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