Last week we released the most recent version of the OverDrive app with a number of enhancements including the option to select a dyslexic font when reading eBooks. Standard dyslexic fonttypefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. Dyslexic fonts provide greater contrast in letters which solves this problem.

This new font option will make reading easier for students with dyslexia as well as library patrons who struggle with the condition. Determining letters is now much easier, allowing readers to concentrate on the book’s content instead.

To select the dyslexic font tap the center of your device’s screen when reading a title and choose the font options button. Then simply select which dyslexic font you’d like to use. As always, you can also adjust the spacing, font size and screen color to make your reading experience more enjoyable.

This update is one of many enhancements planned for the app – with more coming later in the year – that will continue to help users get the most out of their digital reading experience.


Adam Sockel is a Social Media Specialist with OverDrive


(Ed note: the screenshot above is for the app on iOS. You can find instructions for changing font on Android here:

9 Responses to “The OverDrive app now features a dyslexic font option”

  1. Liam Hegarty

    This is good news. Does it work on kindle books as well?

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Liam- Kindle books are read in the Kindle app which is controlled by Amazon. You’ll want to check with them to see if they use a dyslexic font.

    • Betti C

      When Dyslexie first came out I asked Kindle and Nook if they were going to make it an option and at that point they had not. I have not heard that they have made any progress in this area.

  2. Sarah

    The directions refer to the app on an Apple device, right? May want to include instructions for those using Android.

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Sarah- thanks for the feedback. I’ve added it to the post

  3. Liam Hegarty

    I used the image from your post on a post for my Library’s page. If you have a problem, I’ll take it down.

  4. Missi

    Is this limited to iPhones/iPods? I don’t see option on iPad.

    • Adam Sockel

      Hi Missi, make sure you have the latest version (v3.3.0) installed. It’s on iPads as well.