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New features in OverDrive mobile app

Screen shot of OMC app for AndroidThis week OverDrive blogged that the latest version of OverDrive Media Console (v2.4) for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone includes new features for returning audiobooks as well as eBooks and finding definitions while reading using dictionary lookup. (Maybe having dictionary lookup at my fingertips will help me finish the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo faster?)

Patrons with OverDrive Media Console already installed will get a notification that an update is available. OMC v2.4 for iOS —iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—will have early audiobook returns and dictionary lookup for iOS v4.0 (or newer) available soon.

Some other ebook-related items caught my eye this week:

  • Free webinar Feb. 28 11am-noon: "Lending eReaders: What Libraries Need to Know" - Panelists will discuss best practices in loaning eReaders to library customers, provided by Idaho Commission for Libraries and Washington State Library. (One of many interesting programs recommended in Winnefox Library System's Library Sparks blog.)
  • Ebook Talks: The Details - A summary of the recent meetings an ALA delegation held with members of the publishing industry. My jaw hit the floor at the mention of publishers' misconceptions about library lending. (Thanks to Sara Gold for mentioning this via the WPLC email list.)
  • Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC - "Swiss Army Librarian" Brian Herzog reports on his library's consideration of the Freading ebook service and how its library lending model works. (Short answer—very differently from OverDrive's!)


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Thanks for mentioning The Sparks blog, Rose!

Kerri is actually the one who recommended the link and Library Sparks, but she has made a convert of me!

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