Admittedly, OverDrive is invested in library products and users, but this survey of five million people’s searches may reveal valuable information about the connection between library users and book sales. Publisher’s Weekly featured this article yesterday about the large survey and its possible implications.
Penguin just announced that they are suspending deals with Overdrive. As of Feb. 10 they will not lend their audio books or e-books to libraries. Their affiliation with Amazon probably has something to do with this new wrinkle in the e-book business. According to the publisher “Physical editions of Penguin’s new and backlist titles will continue to be available in libraries everywhere.”
With a blink of an eye, the world has changed. Kindle, well known for its ease of use, has pushed public library’s downloadable books to a new level. With one click, a library book can now be sent via WiFi to be read on the device itself, or on a Kindle App. As an avid Kindle user, I can vouch for the fact that it works. It’s easy, and I love it. For more information on how to use it with your Evanston Public Library card, see the set of instructions recently posted on our Digital Books web pages.
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!
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…
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!”