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Old 11-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Borrowing e-books from library - OverDrive vs Kindle

Which do you prefer if given an option when borrowing e-books from the library?

I like OverDrive because it has more font sizes and there's less spacing between sentences. But the download process is more cumbersome and I can't seem to download the same book to both iPad and iPhone from my library - NYPL.

I like the Kindle because once you borrow a book, it becomes part of your library associated with your account, so downloading to multiple devices is a breeze. Plus the bookmarking across devices.

So if I know I'm sticking to one device, I'll use OverDrive, otherwise, Kindle.

Which do you prefer? Has anyone downloaded the same book to OverDrive from their library to both iPhone and iPad?

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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My library Overdrive supports at least 3 downloads. I load it on my iPad, iPhone, and Kobo when I check out a book. (Ottawa Public Library)
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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I use both and for ease of use the Kindle is so much easier. No special apps or need to dload it to a PC first.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:29 AM   #4
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I like doing this, too. It is so convenient that I can read any where any time.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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I like Overdrive too, but sadly my local library uses something entirely different, which requires ADE, and will only download as a pdf file to be read either on my sony reader, or on the computer, or an epub, and that goes directly to Bluefire (which isnt such a bad choice, but there are others). The book source they use is pretty woeful and I have already borrowed and read the 5 books that interested me. Back to other sources, or borrowing hardcopy.
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The primary use for my iPt4 is audio. I don't read ebooks on it because it has an LCD display and the display is too small.

I don't borrow ebooks on it either because the OverDrive app doesn't support Kindle books and I don't read ePub. But I occasionally use it to borrow MP3 audiobooks.

Since the vast majority of library audiobooks are in WMA, those are the ones I checkout most. The problem is, they're not supported by the OD app. So, I have to use my PC for them. It's a lengthy process too, because the files have to be converted from WMA to some Apple format for playback on iDevices. For example, "2001: A Space Odyssey" took 11.5 minutes to download to my iPod.

So in the end, it's pretty much a useless app for my iPod. However, it's a great app for my Android tablets, because I can check out Kindle books for my Kindle 4 without a computer.
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