Today, we released an update to the OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android, which adds support for eBooks from OverDrive libraries. Now your customers will be able to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone/tablet. New users can search for “OverDrive Media Console” in the Apple App Store and Android Market, while current users will be alerted to update the existing OverDrive app on their devices.
OverDrive Media Console v2.0 for iPhone and Android provides two major enhancements that improve the end user experience. First, the apps now enable users to download and enjoy EPUB eBooks on their devices (in addition to the existing ability to download MP3 audiobooks). The eBook reading experience includes user-inspired features for bookmarking and adjusting brightness and font size. Additional features will be added as the apps develop, including highlighting, annotation, in-app text-to-speech, and more.
Second, both apps offer a built-in ‘Get Books’ feature. If a library customer has already downloaded audiobooks from your library with a previous version of the app, your library will be displayed when he or she selects ‘Get Books’. With a single click, the user can reach your site once again. If a customer is new to library downloads, he or she can quickly find your ‘Virtual Branch’ website and save it for single-click access going forward.
Once users find your library using ‘Get Books’ feature, they can browse the ‘Virtual Branch’ website on their device, check out a title with their library card, and wirelessly download an EPUB eBook to the app. (As promised in a previous blog post, your library’s enhanced mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ website is now live with EPUB eBooks for users with iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices.)
Even with the release of OverDrive’s apps for iPhone and Android, we know that there are additional requests to support other devices, including iPad. Currently the iPhone app will work on iPad with iOS 4 and enables the full browse, check out, download experience. However, an optimized version for iPad—with improved resolution and additional features—is coming soon, along with apps for BlackBerry and other mobile devices.
For more information on OverDrive’s apps with eBook support, visit the software page on OverDrive.com.
Dan Stasiewski is a marketing associate for OverDrive.