June 11, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Overdrive Media Console

Developer Quote: "Download eBooks and audiobooks from your library directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!"

- COST: Free    - APP STORE STARS: 4-1/2
- Categories: Books, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Native

A couple years ago when I wanted to download library e-books directly to my iPhone (before my beloved iPad came to be), I found that there was no way yet to do that. The library was waiting for the implementation of a yet unknown phenomenon called, Overdrive Media Console. I figured that I would keep checking back to see if this software had been installed at my library, but in truth I totally forgot about it. So I kept doing like other library patrons, and checking out physical books every two weeks, rushing in and out in with what little spare time I had.

The other day in my "app hunting expedition", I happened to stumble across, what else but, the Overdrive Media Console app! This blew me away as I had been waiting a while for this. What is so important about this one app, you may be wondering? Well, simply put, OverDrive Media Console lets you access e-Books and audiobooks from schools or college libraries, as well as local neighborhood libraries. With Overdrive Media Console, you are able to download all the books you want from your library, completely free of charge! If you spend a great deal of time borrowing and returning books to the library, this could be a real gas and time saver for you! Moreover, no more late fees! I don't know about you, but I have coughed up my share of cash in fees. When the book's loan time is up, it is simply no longer available on your device. A convenient countdown clock is built into the app so you can check how much time is left before the title expires (or the book is due).

In any event, you won't need to pay to read books as in the Kindle, Nook and other book seller apps. My library has more than enough books to keep me happy for a long time! In case you didn't know, more than 15,000 libraries worldwide offer best-selling and classic titles using OverDrive Media Console. Chances are very high, your local library is included in this list. Wouldn't you like to take a couple items away from your chores such as finding and returning library books?

Essentially, digital titles from your library are borrowed just like physical books. Once you find your library (and this is done using GPS or your zip code) with the Get Books feature you can browse your library’s digital collection on the web. Once you find your preferred book, check it out with a valid library card, and download the title directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Have I told you how brilliantly these eBooks display on iPad? Among other features, there are adjustable light and font displays, and a bookmark to conveniently mark your place when you put away your book for the night.

In reading your book, you are utilizing this app’s eBook reader or audiobook player. If the digital title you want is already checked out, you will be added to the waiting list and can see at any time how many more library patrons are ahead of you in obtaining the book. You will be notified by e-mail when the title is finally available. There is also an Additional eBooks link at the bottom of the digital collection homepage. You can obtain a free eBook from your library that’s yours to keep—without a lending period. But that's still not all! Download DRM-free EPUB eBooks from other online sources and read them in the OverDrive Media Console app. The libraries continue to add more titles to their ePub books so you are guaranteed plenty of fresh new reading. If you're going to check out library books, why not get them via ePub books and Overdrive Media Console instead! Think of the savings with no purchase involved!

COOL CONCLUSION: "Overdrive Media Console is a terrific way to borrow digital books from your local school or library - no cost, no late fees, no driving necessary!"
--Date/Version: Released 5/27/11 - Version 2.3.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: (+ Universal: For iPhone/iPad), iPod Touch
--Developer Link: Overdrive Media Console

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