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Overdrive Brings Library Books to Windows Phones

A new app, the free OverDrive Media Console, makes borrowing library books a snap. Available on the LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, HTC Trophy and other Windows based phones, the app is free at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Check out Library Books with a Free Overdrive App
Check out library books with free OverDrive app

I was able to find 30 libraries that connected to my phone within 20 miles of my house, out of the 15,000 libraries possible. The libraries offer digital books; I can download EPUB eBooks, and MP3 audiobooks. I liked being able to input a title and the app would find which library had the book.

Untethered access to materials from the library is provided by OverDrive?s Windows Phone. A "Get Books" feature lets you find a nearby library, then look for the book you want, check it out, and download it to your phone. You can view them with orientation lock and save your place with customer bookmarks. You don?t get hit with late fees, because the digital books will automatically expire when times up.

Their website had a good FAQ set of step by step instructions of how to open EPUB eBooks, an easy how-to-return books, and how to perform a Windows Media Player Security Upgrade, and burn titles to a CD.

The company previously announced their offering of the app for BlackBerry users. In April it was available at the MobiHand Superstore. The OverDrive Media Console works on BlackBerry touch-screen devices running at least BlackBerry OS v4.7 and non-touch-screen devices running BlackBerry OS v4.5 or newer.  As of this writing, OverDrive was not found yet at BlackBerry App World.

New Windows app joins earlier versions designed for iOS, Android, and Mac OS
New Windows app joins earlier versions designed for iOS, Android, and Mac OS

These two most recent device additions join the already released apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android, which have been installed nearly one million times, according to OverDrive. The app is also on Mac OS 10.4.9 and up. OverDrive hosts more than 500,000 premium digital titles from more than 1,000 publishers. If your favorite is published by Random House, HarperCollins, BBC Audiobooks America, Harlequin, or Bloomsbury, you have hours of reading ahead of you.

The most popular books for Adults in fiction and non-fiction, as well as those for juveniles are listed on the OverDrive website. The Help and Water for Elephants top the adult list, while three of Stephenie Meyer?s vampire series fill the juvenile list, lead by I Am Number Four, ironically in first place.

Overdrive, in Cleveland Ohio, is a multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video working with libraries, schools and retailers. You can view a demo of the new Windows-based app below: