OverDrive Plans Upgrade for Audiobooks
OverDrive, the vendor of digital books for Wisconsin's Digital Library, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s. Reasons for the shift include the popularity of the MP3 format. The WMA format is not compatible with iOS, Mac and Android devices. Sunsetting WMA formats will enable access through the OverDrive app to all audiobooks on all major audiobook playing devices, including iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Windows devices, Macs and more.
MP3s are the vast majority of the company’s audiobook collection, including titles from Hachette, Penguin Group, Random House (Books on Tape and Listening Library), HarperCollins, AudioGo, Blackstone, Tantor Media, and more. While OverDrive has not announced a firm date for the change, the company will be communicating with customers about transitioning sales and inventory from WMA to MP3. In the event that some titles can't be upgrade, an alternate solution will be offered to make up for the lost titles. For more information visit OverDrive Blogs.