OverDrive iPhone app and Denver Public Library audio books -- at last!
I just discovered the OverDrive Media Console application for my iPhone! Now it's possible to find, download and listen to audio books without plugging your phone into a computer. This is nice if you're like me and don't want to haul around a laptop everywhere you go. Awesome. It's available at the iTunes Store for free! Add the OverDrive application to your iPhone or iTouch first, then start shopping!
To find libraries and stores that have mp3 audio book downloads, go to http://search.overdrive.com from your iPhone or iTouch browser. You can also get there by selecting "Help," the question mark icon at the bottom of your Overdrive Media iPhone app, which takes you out of the app, and into the "Getting Started" page. I use 80204, the Central Library's zip code to start my searches.
Unfortunately, you must choose an mp3 audio book if you're going to listen on your iPhone or iTouch, and the selection isn't too big yet. Don't try to download a WMA. It just won't work. If you do an advanced search, you can limit the list to mp3 files, which really simplifies things. You may have to place an item on hold if there are no available copies for checkout. Otherwise, proceed through the checkout steps.
Once you select the title you want to download, follow prompts to check it out, and then touch the download button. This automatically puts the title in your OverDrive Media library. Click the title of the book in the library, and then the "Download All" button. You're on your way! Depending on the speed of your connection, the download could take some time. I usually download one or two parts at a time, because that's all I have the patience for. Typically WiFi is faster than 3G.
Need more help? Visit the OverDrive Media Console site at iTunes, and happy listening!
The overdrive console is also available for android! http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/entertainment/overdrive-media-console_ekyt.html A question, though: has anyone succeeded in getting an e-book in print (not audio) from the library onto an iphone or android phone? Please make it happen! I
You may also download the Media Console in various mobile platforms directly from OverDrive at http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/.
At this time, it is not possible to download eBooks to your mobile device unless it is an eReader that supports digital rights management (DRM), like the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader. DRM-protected eBooks from OverDrive are currently incompatible with the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad. Hopefully in the future, book publishers and electronic device companies will reach an agreement that would allow eBook downloads to currently unsupported devices.
I have been experimenting with Stanza, a free application available through the iTunes store. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any application that will allow you to read Denver Public Library titles on the iPhone, but Stanza does have several options for selecting free books that are no longer subject to copyright via Project Gutenberg, Random House and other online libraries. You'll mostly find classics here, which doesn't appeal to everyone, but there is a fairly large selection.
Overdrive launched new apps today for iPhone and for Android that will allow you to download EPUB eBooks and MP3 Audio eBooks directly to your iPhone or Android phone.
I use the Aldiko e-book reader on my Droid phone.
In order to read books from Overdrive, I select the book in Overdrive and tell it to download. It downloads a file with a ".acsm" extension to the "/mnt/sdcard/download" folder.
I use the free Astro file manager app to go to that folder and click on the ".acsm" file. This causes the actual ".epub" file to download to the phone and then I can import it into Aldiko and read it until the due date.
Mon, 24 Dec 2012, 11:13 am EST