OverDrive, the company our MyMediaMall consortium uses to provide eBooks and eAudiobooks, launched a new and improved media console for tablets and smart phones this week. Depending on your device, you may be prompted to download the new console, or it may happen automatically.
You will see a new splash screen, prompting you to add a library or add some books to your bookshelf, complete with visuals to point you in the right direction. Once you have your libraries and/or books added, more tutorial screens will walk you through the new interface, showing up when you go to your bookshelf or open an eBook. Each tutorial screen shows up once, but is available again using the option in Settings to show tutorials next time the app is started.
Aside from the tutorials, OverDrive has simplified getting around in the app. The Home Menu is your one stop for navigating the improved OMC v3.0. From there, you can go to the My Libraries list, the Bookshelf, Settings, History, OverDrive One and more. In addition to the ease in navigation, the Home menu also provides a better in-app help experience, offering detailed solutions to common questions and issues within OMC.
History is a list of titles that have been deleted from the app upon expiration, or returned to the library. This feature will allow you to keep track of the titles you have read – options range from the last 10 deleted titles to the last 100 deleted titles – so you will run less of a risk of listening to/reading the same books over again, unless you want to.
The biggest new feature in the Home Menu, OverDrive One, allows you to sync your title bookmarks and furthest point read between devices. So, you can stop reading on your Android phone, pick up your iPad to continue, and you’re back in the same place – much like when using OverDrive Read in your browser.
When reading a book, you can view another menu, called the Book menu, which allows for simpler navigation within the book, providing access to the table of contents, book details, and editable bookmarks.
If you use an iOS device, such as an iPad or iPhone, 3.0 also has a new feature for your MP3 audiobooks. You will be able to change the playback speed to suit your preference for a faster or slower delivery. OverDrive found this to be the most requested change from audiobook listeners.
OMC 3.0 is just one example of the way digital media keeps growing and changing. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed of developments as they happen.