OverDrive Updates Apps for Android and iPhone for Free Library eBooks
Yesterday OverDrive announced updated iPhone and Android apps to add support for ebooks borrowed from libraries.
The apps previously only supported MP3 audiobooks from libraries, but now you can download and read ebooks on Android devices and iPhone and iPod touches. The iPhone app works on the iPad as well, but isn’t optimized for it; they are working on an iPad specific app, as well as apps for BlackBerry and other devices.
I tested the Android app on the PocketBook IQ and it works great. The coolest thing about it is that you don’t have to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer the ebooks like you have to with other devices; you simply browse through your library’s ebooks and then download them directly to your device to start reading.
If you haven’t gotten set up with OverDrive yet for borrowing library ebooks and audiobooks, check this earlier post on getting ebooks from libraries using OverDrive.
Using the OverDrive apps, there are options for adjusting brightness, adjusting text size (7 settings), font type (3 settings), and adding bookmarks. There’s a table of contents, a reading progress bar, night mode, and you can turn on and off the default CSS layout.
Some additional features are supposed to be added to the apps in a future release to include highlighting, annotation, text-to-speech, and other enhancements.
The OverDrive apps also allow you to setup a list of places to “Get eBooks” so that you can find more libraries and add them to the list and quickly start browsing for ebooks and audiobooks.
Overall, the new OverDrive apps get a big thumbs up. Visit the OverDrive software page to download them. They even have the raw APK file for downloading to Android devices that don’t have Market access.