Great App for Readers: OverDrive Media Console

Great App for Readers: OverDrive Media Console

OverDrive is an app for idevices that allows you to borrow ebooks from your local library. In order to use the app you’ll need to signup for an Adobe ID, as the app reads Adobe EPUB. Books are also available in Kindle editions.

Setting up the app is easy. Add your local library from which you plan on borrowing books. Once added, select the library. The app will open Safari and you’ll be able to view all the books your chosen library has available for download. You will then need to log in with your library card number.

You can search, browse and add book to a wish list. When viewing available titles, you’ll be able to see how many copies the library has and how many are available. If a title it already checked out, you’ll be able to request to be put on a waiting list and the book listing will show how many people are currently on the wait list. When the title becomes available, you receive an email notification that the title is ready for you to download. I was surprised to find many new, popular titles available.

Once you download your title it shows up on your OverDrive Bookshelf. Reading in the OverDrive app is very simple and strait forward. It’s no iBooks or Kindle app though. It contains a good dictionary and bookmarking pages is similar to other apps.
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You won’t find many tools in this reading app. There’s no highlighter or way to take notes. Customizing the reading experience is very limited. You can control the brightness andthe default view is white which can be changed to Sepia or black for night reading. There are only two choices for font size and the font can not be changed.
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Returning a book is as easy as swiping to delete. You have up to 14 days to return the title.

All in all, a very basic app with a very strait forward reading experience. A great way to enjoy newer, popular titles for free without the hassle of actually going to the library.

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