Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finally!

On Tuesday, Blackberry released an Operating System upgrade which provided all sorts of upgrades to the Playbook - including an support for Android based apps.  This means that Playbook owners can now download Overdrive Media Console - the app required to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the library!

To get ebooks on your Playbook you first must update the OS:
  1. Tap Settings on your Playbook (upper right hand corner).
  2. Select Software Updates.
  3. Tap Check for Updates, and download the new operating system.
The next step is to get the Overdrive Media Console app:
  1. Tap on the App World icon on the Playbook.
  2. Search for Overdrive Media Console.
  3. Tap Download on the OMC app page and the app installs.
  4. Open the installed OMC app. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select App SettingsScroll down the App Settings screen until you see where to enter your Adobe ID and password. If you do not have one you can easily create one. Click Authorize.
  5. Swipe down from the top of the screen and select Get Books.
  6. Tap Add a Library and enter Stratford Public Library.  Select the library in Stratford Ontario from the list.  Our Overdrive site is also called downloadLibary.
  7. downloadLibrary is added at the top of the Get Books screen.
  8. Tap downloadLibrary to start searching!
Few other tips:
  • You can check your ebooks & audiobooks out using your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number).
  • You can return your ebooks & audiobooks on your playbook by tapping the red dot to the right of each of the books in the book listing within the Overdrive App. This removes the book from your account and frees it up for another reader.
  • You are limited to 15 items out at one time.

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