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OverDrive to Release Ebook Reading Apps

Posted May 19, 2010
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OverDrive, a distributor of ebooks, audiobooks, and digital content for libraries, schools, and retailers, has announced that it will release a series of apps that will combine ebooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into one user-friendly application. The apps will be available for both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry. Users will benefit from a single software solution for all OverDrive-supplied content, as well as on-the-go access to ebooks from OverDrive-powered library and retail catalogs, the announcement states.

Android devices will be the first to experience OverDrive's app with integrated ebook reading features. The app will enable wireless downloads of premium, copy-protected ebooks, as well as enhanced accessibility and usability features such as text-to-speech. This and other mobile apps are being developed under a license agreement with Adobe and using the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK. All OverDrive apps will support EPUB, PDF, and ebook content protection functionality, including library lending and expiration.

OverDrive distributes best-selling and new release digital books to more than 10,000 libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide. To find libraries and booksellers that are members of OverDrive's network, visit OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (, a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads.

Source: OverDrive,

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