OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release:  Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone®, Android™, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from ‘Virtual Branch’ […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · Vendor News

Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th

September 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor.  There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include: free to download available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices applications for iOS and Android operating […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

Webinar Summary eBooks vs. Apps: Pros, Cons, and Possibilities

July 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps:  The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities.  My notes are below, summarizing the content.  Very interesting webinar and some really good content, eye opening for a librarian to see what features are being discussed for enhanced ebooks, brings back memories of interfaces past and present.  Slides […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices

Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Textbooks · Vendor News

NY Times Reader – Brilliant

May 11th, 2009 · Comments Off

The NY Times released it’s 2.0 Reader today, powered by Adobe Air.   The basics: works on Windows, MAC, linux updates every 5 minutes stories run in multiple sections of the paper news feed for breaking news read off-line 7 day archive even has the crossword all for $3.95 a week This short flash clip highlights […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Vendor News