Ebooks In Overdrive and Accelerating
11 December 2010 6 Comments
My spirits rose a few days ago when the new version of OverDrive Media Console for the iPhone was released. OverDrive is the service deployed by my local public library to allow online borrowing of ebooks and audio books. The OverDrive iPhone app now supports ebooks as well as audio books.
Sadly my hopes were dashed by discovering my local public library did not appear on the list of over 17,000 libraries across the world using OverDrive. It seemed every other OverDrive library in Queensland was there except mine. This meant searching and downloading ebooks via OverDrive directly on the iPhone/iPad was not possible. Gloom.
At the same time an email indicating the availability of an ebook from a hold request arrived – Charlene Li’s Open Leadership. I resorted to the tried and trusty method of using a browser on my PC to download the ebook link from OverDrive to Dropbox, switch to Dropbox on the iPad, and open the link file which happens to be in XML format. From display in Dropbox the Open in… tool allows Bluefire to download and read the ebook for the next 14 days. To my surprise OverDrive now also appears:
Selecting OverDrive allows it to download and display the Adobe epub ebook (once you activate OverDrive with your Adobe credentials). From Overdrive we now see:
To my great delight, not only did OverDrive download the ebook but it registered the link to the Gold Coast City Council library – my library!
Now I can search and download Adobe epub ebooks directly from iPhone/iPad – heaven indeed.