Tuesday, October 2, 2012

OverDrive Media Console for Nook Tablet

There is a new OverDrive Media Console app for the Nook Tablet. Why bother with the OMC app when you can already use the library's digital collection on your Nook? With the OMC app you won't need to download books to your computer and transfer the titles via USB to the Nook Tablet. Instead, after installing the app and authorizing the app with your Adobe ID, you'll be able to browse the mobile NHDB site and download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your Nook Tablet and Nook Color.

Here's how to install the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app on your Nook Tablet or Color:

  1. Make sure you are connected to a wireless network. 
  2. There are a few different ways to get start "shopping" for apps. The easiest way is to tap raised "n button" at the bottom of your tablet >> Apps. 
  3. Once you are viewing the apps on your device >> Tap the link "Shop Now." 
  4. At the bottom of the screen, type "OverDrive Media Console" (no quotes) into the "Search Shop" search box. 
  5. When the search brings up the OMC app >> Tap "Free," then "Confirm" to start downloading. 
  6. Note: You MUST have a credit card associated with your B&N account before you can install this free app. 
  7. Once the app downloads, tap "Open" to get started. 
  8. The first time the app opens, you get an "About OverDrive Media Console" info page. Here are the highlights: 
    • This app works with EPUB ebooks and MP3 (DRM-free) audiobooks. This app will not work with WMA audiobooks in our digital collection. 
    • The titles automatically expire on the Nook after two weeks.
    • If you don't want to see this message each time you open the app, deselect the "Show at start-up" checkbox.
  9. Knowing that our EPUB titles require a device to be authorized with an Adobe ID, I start looking for a way to authorize the OMC app. Sure enough, there is a very, very small icon at the bottom of the screen that looks like three very tiny horizontal lines enclosed by a circle that leads me to "App Settings." You may also be prompted to register the app with your Adobe ID once you start to download your first eBook from OverDrive.
  10. At the top of the Settings page, enter your Adobe ID and password. If you don't have an Adobe ID, visit Adobe.com on your device's web browser, sign in, and start a new Adobe account. 
  11. After the page reloads, you should see your email address (which is your Adobe ID) and a button that says "Deauthorize." This is how you know that the app is authorized. 
  12. There are a few ways to get to the NHDB site. From the app, you can tap that very tiny "Settings" button and chose "Get Books."
  13. Once there you are prompted to "Add Library" from a link at the bottom of the screen.
  14. Type in your library ZIP code and select your library. This will bring you to the NHDB site. 
  15. Alternately, you could open the web browser on your Nook and visit the NHDB site directly. 
  16. Log into the mobile NHDB site. 
  17. Tap the "Browse" button at the top of the screen >> "Browse all Adobe EPUB eBook Titles"
  18. Tab the "Available Now" checkbox and tap "Submit" to view one of the 2000+ titles available to read right now. 
  19. Add to the cart >> Proceed to Checkout >> Confirm check out >> Download
  20. The OMC app opens and takes over the download. 
  21. The title should load within moments. Tap the title to start reading!
Here are some EPUB reading tips: 
  • There is a dictionary in the app. Long-press any word to see its definition. 
  • Tap in the center of the screen to see how far along you are in the book.
  • Tap the center of the screen and then tap "Settings" >> "Reader Settings" to make changes to the brightness, color, fonts, line spacing, etc. 
Quick verdict: If you've installed the OMC app on your Android phone or iPad, you'll be very familiar with the process. It's all very similar. If you are new to installing apps, follow the instructions above and if you have any problems, contact your local public library. 

Enjoy!

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