Overdrive,the eBook and eAudiobook folks, has released a beta app for the new Droid phone (which I’m pretty sure is my new phone) and other Android devices. The app enables wireless downloads for their eAudioBooks. OverDrive says the app is compatible with the MP3 eAudioBooks in their collection and those from other retailers like Borders & Barnes and Noble. The app has many useful features, like navigating download chunks of content using MediaMarker, creating bookmarks throughout the books, and last-point-played auto-resume.
What I like about this is that non-library users might download this app and find out about free eAudioBooks through the app, realizing that they’re not only free, but carry no late-fees due to the digital rights management-enabled auto-expiration of the files. That is the only plus to DRM that I can think of, but it is a big one. Imagine how many more people would use library physical materials if they were guaranteed no late fees? Anyway, I do hope this app can raise exposure for library digital content. As always, that’s a good thing.