Top performing app outranks competition with user experience and device compatibility


CLEVELAND – January 22, 2014 – OverDrive announced today that their eBook and audiobook app is the highest-rated among its library competition as rated in app stores by tens of thousands of users. The OverDrive app enables users to discover, sample and borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their library or school through every major desktop, eReader, tablet and smartphone device. Within each app store, smartphone and tablet users are able to provide feedback on the apps they download and assign a star rating to signify their satisfaction level, effectively communicating what they want in an app.

Based on data gathered January 22, 2014, the OverDrive app has rated highest in the Apple App Store among competitors, with the most recent release scoring 4.5 stars out of 5. Across all versions, the app received 37,110 reviews. For comparison, 3M Cloud Library is rated at 3.5 based on 1,595 reviews, while Baker & Taylor Axis Reader’s most recent release is rated 2 stars, with 16 reviews for all versions. Users are raving about the OverDrive app, with thousands of 5 star reviews such as: “I have always extolled the virtues of public libraries and now that I can carry the library with me on my iPad, I tell everyone I know about OverDrive.”

The OverDrive app has a superior showing in the Google Play Store as well with a 4.5 rating based on 36,581 reviews across all versions. One of the thousands of 5-star reviewers says, “I love reading and this has helped me find so many books I would have never read.” Baker & Taylor Axis Reader is rated 3.8 stars based on 20 reviews, and 3M Cloud Library is rated 2.8 based on 359 total reviews. Users also ranked the OverDrive app higher than 3M Cloud Library in the NOOK Apps Store and the Amazon App Store, while the Baker & Taylor Axis Reader is not available in either. Neither 3M Cloud Library nor Baker & Taylor Axis Reader are available in the Windows Store, where the OverDrive app is rated 3.2.

In addition to being rated top among eBooks, the OverDrive app is rated higher than its competition in audiobooks as well. OneClickdigital by Recorded Books is rated 2 stars based on 429 total reviews in the Apple App Store, and 2.7 stars with 396 reviews in Google Play. Baker & Taylor Axis 360 – Acoustik is rated 3 stars in Apple App Store with 16 reviews, and 2.5 stars in Google Play with 24 total reviews.

The OverDrive app was named one of PC Magazine’s 100 Best Android Apps of 2013 (listed in great company with Kindle, Dropbox, OfficeSuite Pro and other notable apps), and one of TechRadar’s Best Free Android Apps of 2014 (along with CNN, Pinterest, IMDB and Groupon, among others). The OverDrive eBook and audiobook app is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only). Users are able to search their library or school’s digital collection and sample, place holds and borrow titles for free. Returns are automatic, so there is never a lost book or late fee to worry about.

With the largest catalog (1.8 million digital titles), most compatibility and best user experience, the OverDrive app is the top performing app in its market. To find out more about the app and how to download eBooks, audiobooks, music and video from the local library, visit


About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 28,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only).  Recent enhancements to OverDrive’s platform include multilingual user interface support, Streaming Video, in-library touchscreen stations for browsing and instant sampling of eBooks or audiobooks, and OverDrive Read, the company’s EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience.

OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.