Going Mobile @ Digipalooza 2011

July 30, 2011 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

After a truly exciting and funny presentation by self-published author, J.A. Konrath, we then spent some time brushing up on Mobile Devices, past, present and future trends in OverDrive.  (By the way, Joe Konrath is giving each OverDrive library a FREE copy of one of his ebooks!!  THANK YOU, JOE !!)

Going Mobile – Device compatibility with eBook readers and other devices.

Brief history –

Mobile sites launched in 2008 when iPod compatibility came in.
EPUB books in 2010 for mobile devices

OverDrive IT still get a lot of help requests in downloading audiobooks to iPod devices, especially WMA format items.  This can be a somewhat confusing process for many of our patrons since you are dealing with both the iTunes window and the OverDrive Media Console window.  Megan did a quick, live demo for all of us.  She then demonstrated the much easier process of downloading an ebook (EPUB) to a Nook Color using Adobe Digital Editions. Other than first authorizing the ADE software, this is fast and easy.

Today’s trends in 2011 – First quarter in 2011 – smartphones: 54% of all mobile phone sales in the US.  Over 70% of the world owns a mobile phone.  This has surpassed last year’s estimate for total year already!  Average number of apps on a smartphone is 27.

Megan then demonstrated how to install the OverDrive Media Console Mobile App on her iPhone. Remember, you must also first authorize the Adobe Digital Editions software on your mobile device before you download for the first time.

One new feature on the Mobile App is the “Early Return” feature for eBooks so you can have availability to additional selections.  Other features added by popular demand include:  Remembers library card numbers, Night and sepia modes, Sleep timer, Orientation Lock, and ebook support!!

OverDrive Media Console installs in 2010 – 71% on Windows computers , 11% on Mac and 18% on Mobile devices.  In 2011, Mobile has jumped up to 46% already!

Coming Soon — Help 2.0 with revamped help pages.

For Library Staff – Check out The Learning Center which provides course materials & Handouts – print them!  Donna from King County Library System told us about the e-reader guides their library provides for staff and patrons.  They started with small print cards – one for each type of device – that briefly gives specific help, but then leads them to more detailed  online guides.  They offer both video and text help.  Web page also links to reviews of e-readers and compatibility information.

On the Horizon:  Early return of MP3 audiobooks, Nook Color App, GPS locator for “Get Books”, Dictionary support, “Renew” a title, Browse, check out, and download in app, and Auto “Activation”  All I can say is WOW!!

Kindle coming soon- works with existing collection.


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Digipalooza, Part 2 Innovation in OverDrive – Day 2 of Digipalooza 2011

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