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Read ePub Books on Your BlackBerry with the Free OverDrive Media Console App

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For awhile now I have been looking for an app to supplant the no longer developed MobiPocket reader on my BlackBerry. The latest contender is OverDrive Media Console app for BlackBerrys that promises to do that and more from their free application. OverDrive Media Console v2.1 adds support for both DRM-free and Adobe-DRM protected ePub eBooks on your BlackBerry. Alongside that it also gives you access to listen to MP3 audio books but that is not even the coolest feature.

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My favorite feature is that you can actually download books from over 13,000 libraries worldwide and enjoy their ePub books and MP3 audiobooks. This means you can borrow best selling titles from the library. You simply use the apps “Get Books” feature to find a local library and find books and then check them out with a library card. There are also loads of other customizations and features available to end users.

The free eBook reader supports OS 4.5+ so most devices should be compatible. You can pick up OverDrive in the store or directly from OverDrive for free. Just make sure to download the latest v2.1 and let us know what you think of the app in the comments!

I asked OverDrive to suggest the ways to get ePub eBooks on your BlackBerry and this is what they provided as examples:

  1. Use the “Get Books” feature to find a local library. That will guide you to a library’s mobile website in your browser.
    1. Popular Library eBooks and Audiobooks: There you can download from the main collection of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. eBooks and audiobooks from the library lend just like physical material, so if someone has a title you can join a waiting list. (There’s also a “Show Only Available Titles” checkbox for “Quick Search” so you can find titles available now.)
    2. Public Domain Library eBooks: You can also click on the “Additional eBooks” promo on the bottom of the library homepage, which takes you to a collection of 15,000 public domain books that are free and always available from the library.
    3. (Here’s a Help page with some additional information. You can find Adobe authorization information under the “Questions” tab: Link)
  2. You can use the app to read free EPUB eBooks from third party sources like Feedbooks.com, ProjectGutenberg.com, and others.
    1. For those apps, you can start with your browser and hit the download button, which prompts you to open in OverDrive Media Console.
    2. The browser will prompt you to download any title to the SD card on the device. The title will be saved in the browser’s “Downloads” folder. When you click on the title, you can then open in OverDrive Media Console.
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  1. I can’t wait to try this! I have version 1.0 for my Curve 8530 and the only files it will support are WMA audiobook files. I have been using Mobipocket to read .prc’s from our public library and .mobi’s, but I couldn’t find anything compatible which would read .pdf’s or EPUB’s. I’m about to switch to a Curve 9300, but I’ll try the v2.2 on my current Curve and hopefully it’ll work on it and the new one, too! Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. This is good. I’ve been meaning to read the true blood (don’t judge me) series but I always fall asleep with my nook in my hands (and it falls on my face). There’s an ebook plugin for firefox which looks good/works well (EPUBReader), but my laptop is too big for reading in my bed at night.

    My berry would be a very alternative.

  3. Agreed…good alternative ….not so agreed on the True blood. :) But to each their own .

  4. Will this rival epubreader by keeper? The interface above looks sleeker than his imo..

  5. Is there any way to get it to read ebooks that you already have from other sources? I use MobiPocket Reader and I was a little surprised to find it is no longer being developed. I need a good replacement, but I have books already that I’d like to use elsewhere.

    • Calibre (certainly 0.8.x and forward) can read .mobi files, as well as many other formats. You can click the “Add books” or you can drag-n-drop them, which ever makes more sense to you. You can manage them and read them in that format, or convert them to various other formats.

  6. I checked it out and it looks like it doesn’t read MobiPocket files anyway. It reads epub files. However, it does look like I can download epub files from anywhere and then copy them to my SD card. If I go to the directory on my Blackberry and open the file, it opens in Overdrive and gets added to the library. The thing I can’t figure out is that I then deleted the file and was still able to open the eBook from within the Overdrive Library.

  7. OK, I have it figured out now. There is a hidden OverDrive folder on my SD now and it has subdirectories for each eBook. Each directory contains the epub file and a cover image. It doesn’t seem like you can create the folder and dump files there though. It’s still pretty easy to put them in an eBooks folder and then run them from there to get them added in OverDrive. It looks like this program might be useful to me after all.

  8. What a good news :D. That’s what i am waiting for replacing mine so i don’t have to develop mine no more anyway. Oh Yeah!!!

    Thanks to Overdrive Media and Ronen.

  9. Is there an ebook app that isn’t free?

  10. For those of you using MobiPocket, there is a free online converter at http://www.2epub.com that will convert the prc or mobi files over to epub for use with OverDrive. Now that I’ve found that, I can finally convert my eBooks over from MobiPocket to OverDrive.

  11. Just wanted to say thanks for recommending this, it works great on my BB Bold 9700 :)

  12. I like more the Keepers epub reader application, bepub, I think it is better than this one.

  13. This is exactly what I’ve been searching for. Thanks :)

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