Which eBook/eAudiobook service is right for you?
Here's a table showing the features of each of our eLibrary collections. For detailed help on how to get started with Overdrive or Borrowbox, see our getting started page:
|Lending details||Issue period||3 weeks is default but can be changed to 1, 2 or 3 weeks||3 weeks|
|Issue limit||15 eBooks or Audiobooks at any one time||15 eBooks and 15 Audiobooks every two weeks|
|Renewal||Yes, for either 1, 2 or 3 weeks||Yes, for 3 weeks and can be renewed twice.|
|Return early||Computer – Yes on Adobe Digital Editions (EPUB, PDF)
Yes on OverDrive Media Console (MP3 only)
Mobile – Yes on OverDrive Media Console (MP3, EPUB only)
Browser-based eBooks – Yes, in OverDrive READ
|Computer – No, for EPUB eBooks on Adobe Digital Editions
No, for MP3 tiles
Mobile – No early return for both eBook and Audiobooks.
|Reserves||Yes. Customer notified by email with 4 days to issue||Yes. Customer notified by email with 4 days to issue|
|Technology||Compatible Formats||eBooks – EPUB, PDF, Open EPUB, OverDrive READ
Audiobooks – MP3, WMA
|eBooks – EPUB
Audiobooks – MP3
|Required eBook and Audiobook Software||Computer – Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks (All eBooks)
OverDrive Media Console for Audiobooks (MP3, WMA)
Mobile devices – OverDrive Media Console (EPUB, Open EPUB, MP3 only)
|Computer – Adobe Digital Editions (EPUB only)
Audiobooks - downloaded to most MP3 players.
Mobile devices – BorrowBox (MP3, EPUB only)
|Compatibility – operating systems||Computer – All operating systems except:
- Linux. (Compatible with OverDrive READ, though)
Mobile – All operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry
|Computer – All operating systems
Mobile – BorrowBox compatible with Android and iOS only.
|Compatibility - browsers||All||All|
|Compatibility - devices||Computer – Most eReaders except Kindle eReader.
Audiobooks - Check for compatibility with MP3 or WMA format on devices.
Mobile – Most mobile devices including Android run Kindle Fire.
|Computer – Most eReaders except for Kindle
Mobile – Mobile devices compatible with iOS and Android software.
|Adobe ID required||Computer – Yes, for eBooks.
No for Audiobooks.
Mobile – Yes for both eBooks and Audiobooks
|Computer – Yes, for eBooks
No for Audiobooks.
Mobile – No for eBooks or Audiobooks
|Previews||Computer – Yes for most eBook and most Audiobooks
Mobile – Yes for most eBook and most Audiobooks
|Computer – Yes for all eBook and Audiobooks
Mobile – Yes for all eBooks and Audiobooks
|Other services||Recommended titles||Yes||Yes|
|User history available||Yes, but in OverDrive Media Console mobile version only.||Yes|
|Wish lists and rated titles||Yes||No|
|High contrast option for visually impaired||Yes||No|
If you're new to either Overdrive or Borrowbox, see our getting started page: