OverDrive app users who still use it to digitally access a library’s collection must switch to Libby, a newer software from the same firm that also allows you to borrow library ebooks for free, by May 1st.
OverDrive’s digital platform began in 2002 and continued to run independently following Libby’s 2017 debut. OverDrive is often accessed through a library’s own OverDrive website instance, although the app serves the same goal as Libby by providing free digital access to published books.
On February 23, 2022, Apple, Google, and Microsoft removed the OverDrive app. In July, the company showed in-app discontinuation notifications.
As indicated in this FAQ, certain features of the legacy OverDrive experience will continue to exist: people who already have the Mac or Windows desktop versions of OverDrive will still be able to download audiobooks from the.overdrive.com sites of participating libraries. These books may also be transferred to specialist MP3 players, making them available to people who require them; however, the firm will no longer offer new software downloads.
According to the corporation, the purpose behind halting development and closing down OverDrive is to move the development teams’ emphasis to Libby. There was inherent duplication in maintaining two applications that effectively accomplished the same thing, and the business claims that this would make it easier for libraries to advertise their digital resources and teach users.
Libby and OverDrive are not identical, and some functions, like as OverDrive’s Suggest to Library option, will be eliminated. The business notes that Libby has an Alert Me function that allows users to show interest in certain titles, as well as other features such as support for multiple library cards, a single bookshelf for all loans and holds, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility, and more.
OverDrive is assisting libraries with the move by providing an online toolkit to help library staff and patrons shift to Libby. In the past several years, American libraries have borne the weight of a faster digital shift owing to covid, and both libraries and OverDrive have faced demands from publication giants like as Amazon. Currently, Libby is one of the only free methods to read and listen to books, which may be a vital means of acquiring information and a life-saving sanctuary in times of need.