Social Media Examiner has an excellent article on Augmented Reality: 5 Ways it Can Your World. Using an iPad2 or smartphone with a camera you can turn a virtual world into a 3D world. Be sure to view the videos as they show you how it all works.
Any ideas on how the Library could use this technology to enhance the user’s experience?
Please review the Smartphone Airpac (http://smartphone.lvccld.org/ ) , I have made changes to it based on feedback. Please let me know ASAP if there is anything else. Thank you.
Users can enjoy titles from the Virtual Branch with popular devices. This session covers the basics of getting started … highlighting mobile devices, eBook readers, and MP3 players. This is a great video to learn more about how to use a variety of devices. I encourage you to spend 30 minutes watching this video. It will give you the basic understanding of how to install software and transfer books to the device.
OverDrive Basics for Library Staff
Note: you will need to register to view the tutorial.
Click the video graphic above or Watch the Video on YouTube
In December 2010, you and your library customers will be able to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on the iPhone in a single app! this app does work on iPad but because of the different display an iPad & Android apps are also coming soon.
The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App
Now it’s easy to bring your library to your patrons.
Boost usage by encouraging them to download the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find public libraries* within a 10-mile radius of the user’s location, then gives them free, unlimited access to our reputable, authoritative Gale online resources — without the need to authenticate.
Get the free AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app for your device using one of the QR codes or links listed at Gale’s App page.
You can also download table tents, bookmarks, and FAQs should your patrons have questions.
Early in October this information will be posted on The Librarian’s Brain to promote it to patrons.
Also an android app is available.
From the WSJ article – The ABCs of E-Reading
Technology has brought a range of features to books that wouldn’t be possible in print. Children’s author Lynley Dodd sells a title from her “Hairy Maclary” series as an app for the iPad. It lets parents or kids record themselves reading the book aloud, and a paint function lets kids color the original drawings themselves.
How cool is this?
If you’re a BlackBerry® user, you can now wirelessly download audiobooks from our eMedia catalog website. On February 25th OverDrive released the public beta version of BlackBerry audiobook app, which enables users to download MP3 audiobooks directly to their BlackBerry smartphone. The app joins the previously released versions for Windows Mobile® and Android™.
The beta version of OverDrive’s audiobook app for BlackBerry is exclusively available on the OverDrive Media Console page on OverDrive.com. Once the full release is available, you and your patrons will be able to find it in BlackBerry App World. If you should receive support questions while the BlackBerry app is in beta, please send them along toOverDrive’s Support Team at email@example.com.
In addition to the audiobook apps that are now available, digital book apps for iPhone® are planned in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on enhancements to the mobile user experience.
I downloaded this app via my blackberry while working the Digital Bookmobile. It took a little while for the phone to register the app but once it did I was able to checkout a eaudio book and download it to the phone. I discovered no earphones where necessary to listen to the book, you can hear it through the phone’s speakers.
Looking for a library near you? Want to know when your favorite author is appearing at the Library?
Now you can with a free iPhone/iTouch app call Local Books created by LibraryThing for finding a local library book event, or bookstore. Just enter a zipcode and select the number of miles and it will show you on a google map where the libraries, book events and bookstores are located.
Get Local Books at the iTunes Store