OverDrive App for BlackBerry

On-the-go download of FREE audiobooks & ebooks from your public library for iPhone, Android,  iPad, iPod, Macs, PC and now BlackBerry. OverDrive Media, the largest provider of digital content to libraries, announces another resource for savvy consumers – an addition to the variety of FREE software and apps that allow users to check out digital titles from their public library straight to computers as well as mobile devices, totally tether-free – no need for a USB plug-in.

I just updated the OverDrive app on my Android phone and was glad to see fewer steps to click through, plus a much-desired “Show only available titles” check box in the Search function (wish that option was in the Browse function, too).  I’m impressed with the continuing upgrades that are making the digital download experience quicker & easier, especially as the current controversy over library eBook limitations turns the public’s attention on library downloads. It would be interesting to grab a bunch of stats on downloads from before and after the story about HarperCollins’ 26-loan limit first hit the news. I suspect it’s a case of any-publicity-is-good. I do wish digital audiobooks were mentioned in the continuing discussions on crafting equable access to materials, including the remarks by ALA President Stevens. But I am glad that librarians are getting into the game & making their voices heard – the theme in my last “Voices in My Head” column, Digital Synchronicity.

Here’s OverDrive’s complete press release:

Cleveland, April 6, 2011 – 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 Animal” by David Brooks and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, which can be borrowed and enjoyed using OverDrive’s app for BlackBerry. Popular business eBooks and audiobooks, as well as titles in virtually any subject, are also available from the library using the BlackBerry app.

The OverDrive app for BlackBerry is available from OverDrive’s website and the MobiHand Superstore. The app will also appear in BlackBerry App World™ in the coming weeks. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search.

OverDrive’s BlackBerry app provides untethered access to EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library. The app’s “Get Books” feature makes it easy to find a local library, and then browse for titles, check them out with a library card, and download directly to BlackBerry. Digital books from the library will automatically expire in the app, so there are never late fees. Users will also benefit from enhancements, such as an orientation lock and custom bookmarks.

The free eBook app from OverDrive can be installed on BlackBerry touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.7 (or newer) and non-touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.5 (or newer). The BlackBerry app joins the previously released OverDrive apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, which have been installed nearly one million times.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 13,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android, and BlackBerry.

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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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