There are a couple of pieces of big news for users of our Overdrive ebook services:
In the past couple of days we have seen some major changes in the content that we can get via Overdrive, our ebook and audiobook vendor. For quite a long time, we have been unable to offer ebooks by publishing house Penguin. As of yesterday, we now can acquire books from the Penguin catalog.
Just today came a second announcement, one that will be of particular interest to Kindle owners. For our existing Penguin books, Kindle owners could only download them via the USB cable. I will spare you the reasons why Penguin required this, but suffice to say, Overdrive and Penguin apparently have made up. So, in addition to the previous announcement, Overdrive has said that Penguin titles can be downloaded via wifi.
We received an announcement from our ebook/audiobook vendor Overdrive that their app is not compatible with iOS7, the new version of the operating system for Apple iPhones, iPads, etc:
"When an existing OverDrive Media Console (OMC) user upgrades to iOS 7, the app will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook. "
Virtually all of our ebooks -- except for public-domain titles -- are "DRM-protected". If you have tried to update your app, here is the remedy for users:
"1) Re-authenticate the app with their existing or a new Adobe ID. Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance. (Recommended)
2) Uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user's bookshelf, history, and app settings."
The company is working on the problem and we will let you know when it has been sorted out.
As part of audiobook month (June, that is), Sync is providing free audiobooks to teens for the summer. Click on the image on the right. On Sync's website, free selections are available on the left-hand column.
Titles are available mp3 format, so they will play on anything, and have a checkout term of 7 days.
Titles are provided via Overdrive: you will need Overdrive Media Console for your Windows/Mac computer, and a wide range of mobile devices.
Two new titles -- one young adult and one classic -- will be available each week.
You get a flyer in the mail for a charitable organization seeking donations for a cause that speaks to you. Maybe it's cancer, disabled police officers and firefighters, veterans, or diseases affecting children. The flyer features bold images and effective stories that move you to contribute. You take out your checkbook and pause before putting the pen to paper, thinking, how do I know if this charity is legit? How much of my money actually will go to help the cause itself?
Sadly, not all charities are as charitable as others, and some seem to be most charitable with their own solicitors, hence the list of America's Worst Charities. This list, a partnership between the Tampa Bay Times, Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN, showcases charities based on the amount of donations used to pay the professional solicitors charged with raising it. The result, as you see in the list, very small percentages of total donations ever reach those in need.
Here at WPPL, we field questions about new mobile devices all the time. Do you have one? If so, we have a fat stack of guides to help you learn how to use it. These guides will help you learn everything you can do with your device, not just ebooks.
We even have some in ebook format for iPads and Nook Tablet via our ebook vendor, Overdrive
This picture shows what we have right now among our new non-fiction books. And if you have an older device sitting in your junk drawer, we might have a guide that will help you, too.
The holiday season is upon us once more. It is a time of year for reflection, family, and deals on ereaders and tablets! If you find yourself in the market for one of these devices, it is important to understand how much personal information they gather, and how the device manufacturers use it.
If you are in the market for an an ereader as opposed to a tablet, I found this handy comparison chart that includes several of the top ereaders on the market including three Kindle models, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, and the Sony Reader and Kobo Mini. This guide provides a lot detailed information about the technological specifications of the devices.
If you want reviews, I am a fan of CNET.com for reviews and the site has a special section for ereaders. Some of the newer models don't have reviews yet, but as the holidays drawer near, I'm sure both consumer and editor reviews will be added.