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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.

“Overdrive’s app for the Droid phone”

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  2. Jeff Scott Says:

    That’s awesome news! Droid has better DRM which is probably why they were first, it can self-destruct the audiobook after three weeks. Ipods and Iphones don’t have that capability. The only way Overdrive is Ipod compatible is to provide DRM-free audiobooks. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Courtney Says:

    I’m at the reference desk trying to figure this out and it’s confusing. So I still need to download software to my computer in order to transfer my audiobook to the Droid? Since I can’t install software on the library computers, I guess I’ll have to figure this out later. What would actually be cool is if you could just download directly to the Droid with no computer. I’m paying enough for the unlimited data plan!

  4. Glynis Says:

    You can download MP3 audiobooks directly from your Droid. Download Overdrive to your phone (I either got it from my state’s audio library website (mine’s Listen Up! Vermont) or through the marketplace, then just go to the audiobook library website on your phone’s browser, select your books, check them out, and download them, just like you would on your computer. You then listen to the book on your phone through the overdrive console. If you click out of the program to use other phone features, it will remember where you were or you can use bookmarks. I’ve only had luck so far with the books already formatted as MP3, my phone (Droid Eris) couldn’t transfer the other files.

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