OverDrive iApp

Free audiobooks from the public library? Now iPhone, iTouch, and iPad owners can join the Android, BlackBerry, and Window Mobile users in downloading audiobooks from OverDrive. Here’s more from the official press release:

OverDrive, the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, today announced the availability of OverDrive’s free audiobook application for iPhone®, iPad™, and iPod touch®. With OverDrive® Media Console™ for iPhone, users can now wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive-powered library and retail websites to their Apple® device. Audiobooks for over-the-air download are available from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, as well as major retailers such as BarnesAndNoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, Borders.com, and WHSmith.co.uk.

* OverDrive’s free audiobook app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can be accessed in iTunes® and on the Apple App Store (http://bit.ly/OverDriveiPhone).
* To find libraries and retailers that offer MP3 audiobook downloads, visit http://search.overdrive.com.

OverDrive Media Console for iPhone provides the same superior audiobook experience as OverDrive’s other desktop and mobile applications, which boast millions of Windows®, Mac®, Android™, Windows Mobile®, and BlackBerry® users worldwide. Best-selling and new release audiobooks from OverDrive are divided into parts for convenient mobile downloading and can be navigated using MediaMarkers™. With the audiobook app, users can also create bookmarks and resume from the last point played. Audiobooks from the public library automatically expire so there is never a late fee.

OverDrive provides download services for thousands of libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide, with support for Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader™, nook™, Windows Mobile, Android, and BlackBerry. For the latest information on OverDrive’s download services for libraries, become a fan on Facebook (http://facebook.com/overdriveforlibraries) or subscribe to OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog (http://blogs.overdrive.com/library).

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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