OverDrive, Inc., a digital media distributor, has announced the release of Version 2.1 of OverDrive Media Console, free PC desktop software that enables download, management, and playback of digital audiobooks, music, and video. This free upgrade includes "Transfer Wizard", a feature that transfers a downloaded audiobook from a PC to supported portable MP3 players, PDAs, or mobile phones.
OverDrive Media Console can be used at libraries as well. With a PC, internet connection, and a library card, patrons can download audio books, eBooks, music, and videos to their Windows-based PC, laptop, or portable device. The digital titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. The new software also provides audiobook listeners with book marking, speed adjustment, chapter navigation, resume from furthest point played, and hot key navigation features. OverDrive provides access to thousands of audiobook titles from publishers, authors, and narrators including best sellers by John Grisham, Richard Patterson, Tom Clancy, Amy Tan, Janet Evanovich, Mitch Albom, David Sedaris, Dave Barry, Meg Cabot, Dean Koontz, and more.
Users of earlier versions of OverDrive Media Console 2.0 will be prompted to update to the newer version. All new patrons of libraries offering OverDrive Audio Books will automatically be offered this new release.