OverDrive just released a couple updates for their Android and iOS apps and this time they’re going against the trend. Each app is getting a different set of new features, and that’s a little unusual. Developers usually try to keep the user experience the same across all their apps.
Overdrive first released these apps back in late 2010. Library patrons can use them to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks checked out from participating libraries.
For Android devices, Media Console 2.4.2 offers the option of reading in landscape mode with multiple columns of text, bold font choices, and it features the debut of an in-book image viewer. You can zoom in on illustrations and save yourself from the inevitable squinting. This update also adds dynamic home screen widgets that let users play audiobooks or resume reading ebooks with a single tap.
The updated iOS app doesn’t get the home screen widgets, but it does offer several new formatting options at give the user more control over text justification, line spacing, margins, and font selection. This app has also been given optimized graphics so it will look better on the iPad Retina display.
OveDrive is also working on a Media Console app for Windows Phone 7, and it should be available soon in the Windows Marketplace.