Boopsie now offers patrons direct access to digital titles via library-branded apps with the help of OverDrive mobile app.
Palo Alto, CA – June 22, 2011 – Boopsie, the leading Mobile Solution for Libraries and universities worldwide, announced today that it now offers direct access to eBooks and AudioBooks in a library’s OverDrive®-powered digital collection. The new functionality will simplify patrons’ mobile access to digital titles, enhance discoverability and enable libraries to offer one-stop access to all branch information, services and catalog material. Cuyahoga County Public Library, Douglas County Library, Los Gatos Public Library and Santa Clara County Public Library will be the first to rollout the new feature to their patrons.
“The number of people reading eBooks on their mobile phones increases daily,” says Greg Carpenter, Boopsie CEO. “Giving libraries a simple, direct way to deliver digital titles not only reinforces their connection with patrons but also promises to maximize their return on investment in that content.” OverDrive is the leading digital distributor of eBooks, AudioBooks, music and video, servicing 15,000 public, K-12 school, and higher-ed libraries worldwide. Enabling direct access to OverDrive titles via their custom-branded mobile app represents a natural progression for libraries seeking to enhance the mobile experience for their patrons. Additionally, Boopsie’s patent-pending Smart Prefix™ search allows real-time results by searching after each character is typed, making it fast and easy to find any book of choice.
“eBooks on mobile devices is the future,” said Henry Bankhead, Library Manager for Adult Services, Los Gatos Public Library. “By providing our patrons with one-click access to our digital collection we expect usage to grow significantly. In fact, we expanded our inventory by 800% to meet the growing demand for eBooks on devices.”
OverDrive Mobile App access for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone platforms is included in Boopsie’s recently announced Optimum package and is available to all new and existing customers. A separate download of the OverDrive Media Console is required to read eBooks accessed via Boopsie applications.
“We are excited to be one of the first libraries to offer OverDrive integration through our Boopsie app,” said Jim Haprian, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Information Technology Director. “Simpler, more convenient access to our ePub materials will undoubtedly result in increased circulation. Our digital collection acquisitions are customer-driven, and we anticipate significant growth to meet increased demand.”
Founded in 2006 and located in Silicon Valley, California, Boopsie is the Industry-Leading Mobile Solution for Libraries and Universities Worldwide. Customers include Seattle Public, LA Public, University of Toronto, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, University of Gent in Belgium, and University of Auckland in New Zealand. Boopsie is American Library Association’s mobile partner for a range of conferences including ALA 2010 and the preferred mobile solution for a number of consortia. Disruptively affordable and easy-to-deploy without compromising on world-class performance, Boopsie’s solutions are fully hosted and all apps are downloadable on mobile devices including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, J2ME, Palm, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and also support browser-enabled devices. Visit our website for more information about Boopsie’s mobile apps for libraries.