Using Overdrive/MyMediaMall with a smartphone or tablet

August 24, 2011

I’ve used My Media Mall on just about every device out there, and to be honest, in its current design, it’s MUCH easier to use it on a smartphone or tablet that connects directly to the internet.  Instead of plugging in my reader into the computer, all one has to do is download the Overdrive App and go from there. For those of you who haven’t tried it, you can check out these instructions. It’s not perfect, but I think it streamlines the process quite a bit.  Good luck!

-Juliette S.

Coming Soon: Kindle Compatible with MyMediaMall/Overdrive!

April 20, 2011

Wow.  Pigs can fly.  And Kindle will soon be compatible with Overdrive/My Media Mall.  This is huge…  And I finally get to stop feeling guilty for loving my Kindle.  Here are a couple details below but for the whole story, see the complete blog post from Overdrive

The Kindle Library Lending program will support the existing business models that you have already set in OverDrive’s catalog.
The Kindle eBook titles borrowed from a library will carry the same rules and policies as all other eBooks.
As usual, users will still need a valid library card from a participating library, school, or college to check out an eBook for Kindle Lending.

Let’s see what happens next…


Overdrive and the ipad…Yes, you can download epub books!

January 18, 2011

There has been a lot of discussion about using My Media Mall (Overdrive) on the ipad.  We can use  Bluefire Reader but books must be first downloaded to the computer then transferred to the ipad.  Bluefire does a great job of explaining this process, but it’s really not ideal.

So, we heard some rumors about the Overdrive iphone app working on the ipad.  I have to say that it works!  You can download books directly onto your ipad from your library’s Overdrive Collection.  The most confusing part is that even though you need the App to make this work, during the process you will be bouncing in and out of your internet browser as well.  I have taken some screenshots from the ipad, and have posted the instructions below.  You will need a 3G connection or Wifi to do this. Continue reading “Overdrive and the ipad…Yes, you can download epub books!”

Free vs. Easy: A librarian contemplates her obsession with her ereader

January 6, 2011

I like to think of my life as B.K. (Before Kobo), and A.K. (After Kobo). B.K. I was a healthy, happy woman who didn’t mind waiting for a popular book.  Now, A.K., I am shelling out the big bucks for Hunger Games, Freedom, and other best sellers. Since I bought a Kobo last August, the only books I have used in paper format have been cooking and dog training books.  For recreational reading, I simply prefer the convenience of the ebook, and if that means buying a book instead of reading a free paper copy then so be it.

Last October, my husband received an email from our credit card company, wondering if someone had stolen my credit card.  I had maniacally purchased five books at once from the Kobo ebook store and therefore my credit card company presumed my card had been stolen.  Even though I had purchased my ereader with every intention of checking out library ebooks, I found myself quickly rationalizing a $4.99 purchase, then a $7.99 purchase, and even a $14.99 purchase.  I never thought I would pay for so many books, and I wonder if our faithful library users will succumb to the same temptation I did. Continue reading “Free vs. Easy: A librarian contemplates her obsession with her ereader”

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