Overdrive is the largest company of its kind that facilitates digital ebook lending to public libraries and K12 schools. It announced a few months ago that it was creating a series of developer tools that would allow people to create their own apps, using Overdrive’s functionality. In essence, it would allow schools, libraries, and other institutions to create their own version of Overdrive and allow people to read books directly within the app. Today Overdrive has informed us that its developer portal has formally launched.
The Overdrive APIs that come bundled with the Developer’s Portal will allow third party applications to search OverDrive digital media collections and deliver title metadata and availability information for Overdrive library and retail partner sites. Approval of the app will be based on the applicant having an existing customer relationship with Overdrive, or applying as a third-party developer agent for an Overdrive customer. For a third party to be approved, the application must disclose the nature of the project and identify the specific Overdrive accounts for which it will utilize the Overdrive APIs. All projects will be reviewed to confirm that they are within the scope and permitted uses for Overdrive APIs.
You can check out the Developers Portal that just launched today by visiting HERE.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.