A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.
From an OverDrive blog post:
OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS. They include:
OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2)
- Sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen-dimming override for eBooks
- Faster EPUB performance
- Sleep timer for audiobooks
OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1)
- Orientation lock for eBooks
- Night mode and sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen lock override for eBooks
- Improved range of font size settings
- In-app library “Website Finder”
From an OverDrive blog post: More people are downloading eBooks and more from the library than ever before. Due to this increased usage, many of our public, school, and college library partners have received more questions about the service from first-time patrons. (What software do I need? How do I authorize my device?) We also know that when a returning user gets a new device, there may be additional questions.
To make it easier for users to get the answers they need about the devices they own, we’re rolling out My Help beta on all ‘Virtual Branch’ websites over the next week. My Help provides information for getting started and assistance for a user’s specific computer or device.
Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience.
At the same time, they’ve updated the mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB eBooks on iPhone and Android. This gives users a chance to download an eBook directly to their iPhone or Android every time they visit your mobile site without waiting lists or holds.
More information and visuals about these OverDrive upgrades are available on the OverDrive Library blog.
Today OverDrive posted a Video Sneak Preview of their upcoming eBook app for iPhone. Check it out at the following:
Digital Library Blog Post: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2010/11/09/sneak-preview-overdrive-ebook-app-for-iphone/
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhbV3phZ-N4
The app will support OverDrive-supplied EPUB eBooks upon initial release, and will also continue to support OverDrive MP3 audiobooks like previous versions of the OverDrive app for iPhone. The app for iPhone is currently slated for release in early December.
Big news fom the Digital Library blog at OverDrive about their pilot project with Project Gutenberg records – it’s live and available for libraries. From the blog post: OverDrive’s Project Gutenberg eBook collection, featuring over 15,000 EPUB titles that are free to your library and to your customers, is out of beta and available on more than 125 ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. Since we launched this feature in August, library customers have downloaded 100,000 eBooks from the collection. That’s great news for all libraries with these free EPUB eBooks because each download can count as a circulation for your library, even though no authentication is needed to access these ‘always available’ titles.
More information, including instructions on viewing the “Gutenberg Report” within one’s Content Reserve account, is in the post.