May 22, 2022

Coming Soon: New Version of OverDrive’s Mobile App Will Not Require Adobe Authorization

A new version (3.2) of OverDrive’s app for Android, iOS, and Windows 8 should be released mid-September according to an email update sent by OverDrive to library partners.

OverDrive points out that the new version will no longer require authorization from Adobe (required for copyright, DRM) something library partners and users have wanted for a long time.

Beginning with the new version, NEW, first-time OverDrive users will need to register for a free OverDrive account.


There will be no change for existing users who already have an Adobe ID or OverDrive account associated with their OverDrive app, even after they update to the newest version.

Users under the age of 13 will be able to anonymously authorize the OverDrive app without creating an OverDrive account.

Other Changes

  • The new app will be drop the “Console” from it’s name and be formally called OverDrive.
  • Version 3.2. will allow ePub titles to be returned BEFORE there due date.

A 6.5 minute video providing an intro to the new version (3.2) of the OverDrive app is available here.  You’ll need to register.

Direct to Full Text of Letter From OverDrive to Library Partners

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.