I’ve use the old app (which only supported audio, not ebooks) for awhile, and never really got much use out of it. I realized tonight, the problem wasn’t with the app itself, it was with the ebook section of our own website, which I assume is a pass through mostly to Overdrive anyway. The last time I tried it, it didn’t present well on a mobile device.
But, when I tried it tonight, it elegantly transitioned to a mobile website.
Just some general thoughts:
- I had to athoriize my device as with adobe before I could download an ebook. Not a big deal, but after having to type in my library card, kind of a hassle.
- The ap didn’t like downloading an audio book and an ebook on background when I was tweeting. So, I had to open it back up and do something else while it downloaded.
- Also, after coming back, my books won’t there. After manually shutting down the ap and restarting it, they were there.
- Browsing for books was sort of strange. When you drilled down to a particular genre (history), you got results of both audio and ebooks. At that point, I think someone would want to be able to determine a format.
Overall, not a bad app, and the kinks hopefully will get worked out soon I hope.
There are a couple of other things to mention about mobile devices and Timberland. You can still use a free ereader called Bluefire to read ebooks from Overdrive, you just have to follow these simple instructions. I’ve done it before.
Also, Bookmyne (produced by our catalog vendor SirsiDynix) is supposed to at some point provide a way for you to search our catalog, place holds and manage your account from a mobile device. But, in the few weeks I’ve been using it, our data has not shown up.
It might be easier for the cat.trl.org website to just transfer nicely into a mobile version. And, just checking tonight, the way it looks on the Safari browser on the iPod touch isn’t bad, much better than on the Opera browser that I usually use.
Also, I would be hugely remiss if I didn’t mention the Ask-Wa app, in which you can direclty contact TRL reference staff via chat. Pretty darn awesome, and developed by our very own Washington State Library.