New Windows Phone App Connects Readers with Direct Downloads of eBooks & Audiobooks from Libraries & Schools
OverDrive-powered library collections are now available on the LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, HTC Trophy, and other popular Windows Phones
Cleveland – June 14, 2011 – Readers at 15,000 public, school, and corporate libraries can now download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their Windows Phone with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. This new app enables users to find a library that offers digital books, and then download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their device. Libraries offer bestselling titles, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, which can now be borrowed and enjoyed on popular Windows Phone devices, such as LG Quantum™, Samsung Focus™, and HTC Trophy™.
“With the launch of our new Windows Phone app, OverDrive now supports eBook and audiobook lending on every major mobile and desktop operating system,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “We’re thrilled that our public, K-12 school, higher education, and corporate partners can now provide Windows Phone users with the superior listening and reading experience that is currently available on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and BlackBerry®, as well as Windows and Mac® computers.”
“Windows Phone is backed by an ecosystem of skilled developers who are building a variety of quality apps and games, like OverDrive, that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “With its easy setup and intuitive customer experience, OverDrive is a perfect example of the high quality apps that Windows Phone users can expect to find on Marketplace,” he continued.
OverDrive’s Windows Phone app provides untethered access to EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library. The app’s “Get Books” feature makes it easy to find a local library, and then browse for titles, check them out with a library card, and download directly to Windows Phone devices. Digital books from the library will automatically expire in the app, so there are never late fees. Users will also benefit from enhancements, such as an orientation lock and custom bookmarks.
OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 15,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows, Mac, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH. www.overdrive.com
OverDrive’s Windows Phone App Demo