Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New App for iPhone & Android for eBooks



OverDrive has released an update to the OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android, which adds support for eBooks from the eMedia Catalog. Now you will be able to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone/tablet. New users can search for “OverDrive Media Console” in the Apple App Store and Android Market, while current users will be alerted to update the existing OverDrive app on their devices.

OverDrive Media Console v2.0 for iPhone and Android provides two major enhancements that improve the end user experience. First, the apps now enable users to download and enjoy EPUB eBooks on their devices (in addition to the existing ability to download MP3 audiobooks). The eBook reading experience includes user-inspired features for bookmarking and adjusting brightness and font size. Additional features will be added as the apps develop, including highlighting, annotation, in-app text-to-speech, and more.



Second, both apps offer a built-in ‘Get Books’ feature. If a you have already downloaded audiobooks from our eMedia Catalog with a previous version of the app, you will be able to access our eMedia Catalog when you select ‘Get Books’ just by entering Las Vegas. If you are new to library downloads, you can quickly find our eMedia Catalog website and save it for single-click access going forward.



Once there you can browse the eMedia Catalog on your device, check out a title with your library card, and wirelessly download an EPUB eBook to the app. All this without connecting to a computer!

Even with the release of OverDrive’s apps for iPhone and Android, we know that there are additional requests to support other devices, including iPad. Currently the iPhone app will work on iPad with iOS 4 and enables the full browse, check out, download experience. However, an optimized version for iPad—with improved resolution and additional features—is coming soon, along with apps for BlackBerry and other mobile devices.

For more information on OverDrive’s apps with eBook support, visit the software page on OverDrive.com.



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