Overdrive has announced that they will be phasing out their original Overdrive app and will be completely replacing it with their newer app, Libby. Their plan is to have everyone switched over to Libby by the end of 2022. This transition will occur in several phases. Please note that this only affects the mobile app; the Overdrive website will still be the same.
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The first phase of the transition begins next week. Effective Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Overdrive app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Microsoft Store. This means that you will no longer be able to download and install the Overdrive app after February 23. Please note, if you already have the Overdrive app installed on your device, you will be able to continue using it after February 23. At some point, though, you will have to switch to Libby.
For anyone that uses Overdrive on a Kindle Fire tablet, things are different for you. Libby is currently not available on the Amazon Appstore, so the Overdrive app will not be removed on February 23. Overdrive is planning to change this, eventually, and will keep us posted.
I will post additional updates as they become available from Overdrive. Please take a look at the FAQs listed below for additional information.
Why is Overdrive phasing out the Overdrive app?
Rather than continuing to manage two apps, Overdrive would like to consolidate and just provide one app. With only one app to manage, they will be able to focus on making sure this app provides the best digital reading/listening experience for patrons. Also, they believe it will be easier for library staff and patrons because having two different apps for the same collection of eBooks/eAudiobooks can be confusing. It will be easier for staff to promote and teach about just one app and easier for patrons to learn just one app.
When will Libby be available on Kindle Fire tablets?
Overdrive is working with Amazon to get Libby into the Amazon Appstore. They are still waiting to hear from Amazon about that process and what the timeframe will be. Overdrive will provide an update once they know more. Until then, the Overdrive app will continue to be available in the Amazon Appstore.
Will all Overdrive app users be required to switch to Libby?
Yes, eventually. The plan is to have most Overdrive app users switch over to Libby by the end of 2022.
Can the Overdrive website still be used? Will it be different?
Yes, the Overdrive website can still be used. It will look and work the same as it does now. However, you will not be able to download the Overdrive desktop application for Windows or Mac after February 23, 2022.
Can libraries choose to still offer the Overdrive app is some way?
No. Once the Overdrive app is phased out, Libby will be the only mobile app that can be used to access Overdrive’s collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks.
When will Overdrive provide details on the next steps of phasing out the Overdrive app?
Overdrive does not have an exact timeline yet. After this first phase, they will reevaluate and determine the timing for the next steps. They will keep us posted and I will, in turn, post updates on the library website.
For additional information, please take a look at this FAQ page from the Overdrive website. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact the Information desk by calling 847-428-3661 and asking for the Information Desk, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or coming in and stopping by the Information Desk.