The OverDrive Media Console app is now available from the Nook Apps storefront for seamless e-book and e-audiobook borrowing. Here's OverDrive's press release.
Yet another publisher-related OverDrive change: as of February 10, Penguin will no longer offer ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive. Already-licensed Penguin titles will remain available, though ebooks for Kindle can no longer be delivered to devices wirelessly. For more information:
Last week, IFLS staff purchased a few hundred downloadable titles (more ebooks than audiobooks) available through OverDrive as part of a new IFLS OverDrive Advantage subscription. These items are only available to MORE library cardholders, so users have to sign in before they can see and search for these additional titles. The statewide WPLC collection is still available to all MORE library cardholders; the Advantage titles are in addition to that collection.
MORE Directors Council voted to purchase the Advantage subscription at their November 2011 meeting (see those meeting minutes here). If you patrons have questions, you can direct them to a link to more information from the MORE catalog homepage.
OverDrive is now offering samples of ebooks: 10% of a title that can be previewed before checkout. A "sample" link appears below many ebook titles. Read more about samples on OverDrive's Digital Library Blog.
Library ebooks are now available for the Kindle (and Kindle apps) via OverDrive.
The OverDrive Digital Library Blog recently featured some useful information about which e-book readers work with the e-books available from OverDrive (and why). The short answer: not the Kindle, yet, but soon!
Update, June 2011: Here's the most recent "cheat sheet" for compatible ebook devices. It now includes Windows Phone (an app was released on June 14).
From Jane Richard, Wisconsin Library Services:
Kathy, Julie, and Gus, along with Sarah Adams and Dawn Wacek, directors of the St. Croix Falls and Rice Lake Public Libraries respectively, attended the Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference in San Fransisco April 12-16. In addition to attending sessions, Kathy and Julie, both Functional Experts, also conducted sessions and participated in forums. Kathy is also a member of the IUG Steering Committee.