OverDrive library e-book reader now optimised for iPad

Joel Mathis
21 February, 2011
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OverDrive Media Console–the iPhone app that lets users check out and read e-books from their local libraries–has been upgraded to a universal app optimised for iPad use.

The version 2.2 update from OverDrive arrived on Tuesday in the App Store. Previous, iPhone-centric versions of the app were available on the iPad, but only in the device’s iPhone-compatibility mode, which made using it on the tablet a less-than-desirable experience. The upgraded app looks great on the iPad; it also now lets users alternate between portrait and landscape modes while reading.

OverDrive says more than 13,000 libraries worldwide offer e-book checkouts through the app, but your mileage may vary. The upgraded e-reader doesn’t let users make highlights or notes–but on the bright side, there aren’t any late fees when the book is due. You simply are forced to stop reading.

OverDrive Media Console is free–though you’ll need a free Adobe Digital Editions account to make it work–and is compatible with any device running iOS 4.0 or later.

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