Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Apple Devices

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #1
jaybee
Enthusiast
jaybee began at the beginning.
 
jaybee's Avatar
 
Posts: 40
Karma: 28
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Jackson, TN
Device: iPad Touch PRS-500
Library books on OverDrive for iPad?

Is anyone using OverDrive for reading borrowed library books? I have just discovered that I can download library books directly into OverDrive without going through a computer. I haven't used it to read yet. It looks pretty limited, but I'm going to try it to avoid the multi-step process i've been using: to download through Adobe Digital Editions, then load into iTunes, then load into BlueFire Reader.
If anyone is using it for library books, I'd be interested to hear how you like it. If you have other iPad apps for managing loaned library ebooks, I'd love to hear about them as well.
jaybee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
paulak39
Connoisseur
paulak39 has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.paulak39 has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.paulak39 has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.paulak39 has a complete set of Star Wars action figures.
 
Posts: 69
Karma: 368
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Albany, New York
Device: IpadAir; IpadMini2; FireHDX8.9; Kindle PW2
I'm happy with the Overdrive app, especially since I don't have to connect to the PC. Until recently I was using Bluefire, but it's nice to add library books in fewer steps.
paulak39 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Advertisement
Old 06-06-2011, 03:44 AM   #3
Zoshka
Connoisseur
Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 97
Karma: 1000000
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: WA
Device: Kindle 3 & 4, Nook Tablet
I tried the Overdrive app today, but many books listed on the Overdrive web site aren't available for mobile device download, so they didn't work on the Overdrive app. When I tried to download one, it gave me that message, that it was unavailable for mobile devices. Overdrive searches on the ipad also didn't bring up books that I can find on the regular internet site. I don't know why it would release an app and advertise that capability but then limit it.

If you want a solution that doesn't involve loading into itunes, you might try out the Bluefire reader app. They were the first to actually allow reading Overdrive books on Apple devices, and the process was pretty simple. You just downloaded the acsm file from the library, mail it to yourself as an attachment, and then when you click on the attachment on the mail app it automatically opens the book in the Bluefire reader, after getting authorized by Adobe. I haven't used Bluefire in a while, but I think I'd prefer doing my book searches on a computer, so hopefully the app will still work conveniently. I used to read library books through Bluefire, which tracked due dates for the books, and all other books I read through ibooks.
Zoshka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2011, 04:31 AM   #4
odiakkoh
Guru
odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.odiakkoh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 820
Karma: 1644680
Join Date: Apr 2011
Device: iPhone 5s
i love the overdrive app on my droid. thats weird that you cant access most of the books zoshka. is that a glitch in the app or did they really limit usage on apple products?
odiakkoh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2011, 03:25 PM   #5
Zoshka
Connoisseur
Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Zoshka ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 97
Karma: 1000000
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: WA
Device: Kindle 3 & 4, Nook Tablet
The actual message I get when doing a library Overdrive search on the computer is:
"There may be titles that match your search that cannot be downloaded on this device. Visit this site on a computer; many titles can be downloaded to computers then transferred to devices." Actually, I just read the first similar thread below, and the user couldn't download .pdf books specifically, which is the kind I tried unsuccessfully to download, so maybe it's just specific to .pdf ebooks.

That's why I prefer to do my search on a computer and download the acsm files. Then you simply:
1) Send an email to yourself, attaching the acsm files.
2) Open up the email on the ipad.
3) Click on acsm file in body of email. It gives the option of opening in Overdrive or Other, which leads to Bluefire. Then it authorizes and downloads the book through the app.

That method avoids the clunky and extra steps of downloading and opening books through Adobe Digital Editions on the computer and then transferring them to itunes. I looked at Bluefire, and I prefer it to Overdrive because of the greater number of options, such as brightness control, margin control, night mode, orientation lock, page turn effects, and bookmarks. Plus I remember the developer showing up on MobileRead when the program came out and listened to all the suggestions and quibbles from readers to make improvements.
Zoshka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2011, 06:43 PM   #6
jaybee
Enthusiast
jaybee began at the beginning.
 
jaybee's Avatar
 
Posts: 40
Karma: 28
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Jackson, TN
Device: iPad Touch PRS-500
Thanks, Zoshka. I just tried the email method. It's simpler than the Adobe/iTunes method, but involves several more steps than the Overdrive method. I do like BlueFire better than Overdrive. I'll try them both for a while and see which is the less
inconvenient.
jaybee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Overdrive & PDF Library Books BoiseShan General Discussions 4 05-14-2011 04:22 PM
IPad and Overdrive Library Software NEW UPDATE DixieGal Reading and Management 0 02-15-2011 03:54 PM
can Overdrive/library track books you've read? elemenoP General Discussions 28 12-08-2010 10:58 AM
Overdrive Library Books omro Apple Devices 3 05-07-2010 04:35 PM
Thanks -- Kindle and Overdrive and Library Books Ocean Kindle Developer's Corner 2 09-23-2009 02:41 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:46 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.