Learning to Read with OverDrive Read-alongs

What is a read-along? 

OverDrive Read, opens a new window eBooks with professionally recorded narration that plays along while you read.

How do I find read-alongs in OverDrive? 

You can find read-along eBooks, opens a new window by searching by title, author, or keyword. Then, select OverDrive Read-along under the expandable eBooks filter.

You can also use Advanced Search and choose OverDrive Read-along as the format

On the details page for a read-along eBook, you'll see "OverDrive Read" with an audio icon in the "Formats" list. Not all web browsers can play a read-along, so check your browser, opens a new window first. 

How read-along eBooks work

To get started, click or tap the Read now in the browser button for a borrowed read-along eBook. The book will open in a new tab in your web browser.

Start narration at the bottom of any page. The narration starts with the text at the top left of the page.  

Many read-along eBooks will highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs as the narrator reads them, so you can follow along.

Pages turn when the narrator reaches the end of the page.

If you'd like the narrator to repeat any word, sentence, or paragraph, click on the word you'd like to hear again. You can also turn back a page, and the narrator will begin reading from the top left.

Select the Pause narration button at the bottom of the page if you need to stop reading.

If you want to adjust the narrator's reading speed, open the OverDrive Read menu. Select Narration, and drag the slider.

Note: To open the menu on a mobile device, tap the middle of the screen first, then tap the menu icon.