Downloadable Books & Audiobooks

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OCLN’s Digital Media Collection

There’s always something new from Overdrive Media, the service that provides downloadable e-books and audiobooks to library card holders in the Old Colony Library Network. Here’s the latest news for Android, iPod, and iPod touch users from the Overdrive Digital Library Blog:

Today, we released an update to the OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android, which adds support for eBooks from OverDrive libraries. Now your customers will be able to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to their 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. [See complete post on the blog here.]

Check out the Overdrive Digital Library Blog for their bloggers’ Best of 2010 list, and reviews of e-book and mobile devices such as the Nook Color,  the Sony Reader, and the Kobo E-Reader.
Remember before buying (!): Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad are not currently compatible with free-through-your-library Overdrive media. For a updated list of Overdrive-compatible devices, click here.

One thought on “Downloadable Books & Audiobooks”

  1. >Overdrive is run by a lawyer who negotiates rights. User experience is Terrible both with regards to integration with our library system (Toronto) and their software, which still doesn’t include an iPad version!? Yes it’s a great idea to offer this service but Overdrive’s execution has been poor. Unfortunately they seem to be the major (only?) player.They need to realize they are in the software business and invest in designing a better user experience.

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