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Libraries Provide Direct eBook Downloads on iPhone & Android

[ 0 ] January 10, 2011 |

Apps enable users to find a local library and download digital books over the air


OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries.

To download the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPod touch®, users can visit the Apple® AppStore™. Owners of Android tablets and phones, including Droid™ X by Motorola, Samsung GALAXY Tab™, Cruz™ Tablet, and HTC EVO™ 4G, can find the app in the Android Market. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit

“Libraries have been an excellent source for eBooks and digital audiobooks for PC, Mac, and eBook readers, and now these apps enable users to download digital books directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device,” said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. “In 2011, users will continue to see new features added to the existing apps, and access will expand to other devices, including an optimized app for iPad™.”

OverDrive’s apps for iPhone and Android give users wireless access to their library’s EPUB eBook and MP3 audiobook catalog without a PC. With the apps, users can create bookmarks and resume from the last point read. The eBook and audiobook titles from the public library automatically expire in the app, so there is never a late fee.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 13,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone, iPad, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android, and BlackBerry®.

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Have you heard of Swyping or Swype? Typing may soon be passe!

[ 10 ] June 22, 2010 |
Newest Technology from Swype makes Touchscreen Typing a Breeze!

How many times have you “Fat-fingered” your typing on your new fancy phone and ended up with Gobble-dy-gook?  While not available yet on Iphone or Apple products, a new technology called “Swype” is currently available on 7 smartphones on various platforms.  By year end, Swype technology will be operating on over 50 models worldwide.

Currently Swype is available for Android phones. A limited edition Beta for your Android phone can be downloaded here: My son has this lovely little Beta on his new Android phone–it is COOOOOOL!  Watch the video below to see Swyping for yourself!

So what do you think?  Do you think Swyping will overtake typing? Women over 45 is this a relevant technology for you?