How much media do you consume on your BlackBerry PlayBook? If you’re like me, it’s the device’s primary purpose. Sure, I do have productivity apps on there, and I have been making use of the PIM apps ever since the PlayBook 2.0 update.
But first and foremost it’s a media device. Thing is, media costs money. For years media consuming tech geeks have clamored for library material on their digital devices.
For the past few years, OverDrive has provided just that. Not every library has access, but those that do can lend ebooks and audiobooks to members.
And now there’s a PlayBook app to go along with it.
The OverDrive app has been available for BlackBerry smartphones for quite some time now, but the big move is getting it available on the PlayBook.
While I do prefer to listen to audiobooks on my smartphone — I can just slip it in my pocket on long walks — OverDrive’s selection of ebooks works much better on the larger screened PlayBook. The only catch, as mentioned, is that your local library has to have access to the OverDrive selection. You can check your library’s availability at OverDrive’s website. If you have access, you can then download the PlayBook app and start checking out audiobooks and ebooks just as you would from your normal library.
Unfortunately, when I say “just as you would from your normal library,” I mean that quite literally. That is, even though the audiobooks and ebooks are digital, OverDrive can still only lend certain quantities. If it has just once license and it’s checked out to another user, you can’t check it out until the other user has returned it. (Though returns are automatic.) That seems a bit silly, given the medium. But it’s better than nothing, certainly.
You can download the OverDrive Media Console app fro free from App World.