OverDrive is a digital media platform for libraries where people can download audio books. Overdrive is a subscription-based audio book download service that the Christchurch City Libraries will offer for free to its members. Library membership allows for download (once download software has been installed from the Libraries website) and burning or saving to devices for use ‘on the go’. The service has help and support for Mac and PC and downloading for most of the brands of MP3 players, including iPod, Zune and Sony Reader.
More than 350 best-selling and classic titles will form the initial collection, which customers can access through free software on the library website and their library card and PIN. More titles will become available as the service becomes more popular, catering for adults, young adults and children.
- Download fiction and non fiction titles from home any time of the day
- Transfer the titles to your MP3 player or iPod for portable entertainment at the gym, walking or relaxing
- Burn some titles to disc
- This service is FREE
So far Overdrive’s most popular audio book is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife , though there are other popular titles like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Authors range from Meg Cabot, Ann Brashares and Bill Bryson to Austen, Bronte and Shakespeare. Initial non-fiction offerings include Dr Blair’s Japanese in No Time, social commentary like Stupid White Men by Michael Moore and access to a belly laugh with the likes of Blackadder .