Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerryÂ® mobile devices with the free OverDriveÂ® Media Consoleâ„¢ 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 â€œThe Social Animalâ€ by David Brooks and â€œThe Helpâ€ by Kathryn Stockett, which can be borrowed and enjoyed using OverDriveâ€™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 OverDriveâ€™s website and the MobiHand Superstore. The app will also appear in BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ in the coming weeks. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry
From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPadÂ® with the free OverDriveÂ® Media Consoleâ„¢ 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 AppleÂ® device. Popular and best-selling titles, including â€œThe Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ€ by Stieg Larsson, â€œUnbrokenâ€ by Laura Hillenbrand, and â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ by Suzanne Collins, are a few of the Most Downloaded Books from the Library (www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded). These digital books and more in popular genres like romance, mystery, thriller, and virtually every subject can now be borrowed from libraries and enjoyed in an optimized iPad app.
The OverDrive Media Console app for iPad is available in the App Store (http://bit.ly/OverDriveApp). To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com. Continue reading OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads
From an OverDrive press release:Â Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhoneÂ®, Androidâ„¢, SonyÂ® Reader, NOOKâ„¢, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from â€˜Virtual Branchâ€™ websites last year, resulting in a 200 percent increase in eBook checkouts and a 52 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2009. To find eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles from a library near you, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks, and more from OverDrive-powered digital catalogs include: Continue reading 200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats
OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhoneÂ® and Androidâ„¢ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a â€œGet Booksâ€ feature that guides users to their local libraryâ€™s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries. Continue reading OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads
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.Â 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 systems following soon after
- full-color, interactive and immersive content
- todayâ€™s best-sellers as well as rich media content thatâ€™s simply not available on e-ink e-readers
- B & T signed over a hundred publishers Continue reading Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th
I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps:Â The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities.Â My notes are below, summarizing the content.Â 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.Â Slides are available – definitely look at the comparison chart, discussed below.
Speakers: Eric Freese, Pablo Defendini and Peter Costanzo; Moderator:Â Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
enhanced ebooks – are easier to develop because it the preparation of a data file, usually less expensive,Â based on a standard,Â interoperable because they are built on EPUB, but some vendors will wrap DRM around them making them slightly inoperable.
apps – are programs specifically written for a platform and interoperability cannot be guaranteed; easier for the functionality to be successful by it required custom development expertise. Continue reading Webinar Summary eBooks vs. Apps: Pros, Cons, and Possibilities
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.Â The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSourceâ€™s â€œMathSpeakâ€ program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags.Â With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content.Â Windows, MacintoshÂ®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhoneÂ®, iPod TouchÂ®, and iPadâ„¢ releases in August. Continue reading Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf
The NY Times released it’s 2.0 Reader today, powered by Adobe Air.Â Â 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 the reader –Long Live the Newspaper!
NY Times article explaining the Reader.