BlackBerry PlayBook & OverDrive

There’s good news if you recently bought a BlackBerry Playbook tablet and were hoping to use it as an eReader!  

With the recent release of OS 2.0 for the PlayBook (an operating system upgrade, details here:, the library’s OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app is now available for download on PlayBook devices, which means you can now use your PlayBook to download and read free eBooks from the Library. 

Until just recently, the PlayBook tablet was not compatible with OverDrive downloads, as the OMC app was never released for the original PlayBookoperating system. Now, once you’ve completed the operating system upgrade, you should be able to download and install the OMC app on your device. The PlayBook version of the OMC app works exactly like the iPad and Android tablet apps, allowing you to browse a mobile-friendly version of the Library’s OverDrive site and download eBooks and audiobooks directly to your tablet over a Wifi connection.  

You can find out more about the free OMC app at or search for “OverDrive” in the AppWorld store on your PlayBook device. A successful upgrade to OS 2.0 is required before the app will work on the device.

We see this as VERY good news, as the PlayBook has been a popular purchase over the past few months. The PlayBook’s size makes it an attractive choice as an eReader, and we’re ever so happy that our patrons will soon be downloading our Library books to this handy little tablet.

Of course, once you’ve downloaded and installed the OMC app on your tablet, you should check out OverDrive Help  for all kinds of great advice on how to make the most out of your eBooks experience. The new OverDrive Help feature lets you search for popular articles, device-specific instructions and even common error messages, allowing for quick and easy troubleshooting on a wide variety of devices.

Happy eReading!

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