BlackBerry was once king of the smartphone world. For 4 years, it reigned supreme, until their world was eclipsed by the rise of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s subsequent introduction of Android.
In the past year, the OverDrive Media Console app for BlackBerry has experienced a steady decline in downloads. Only .3% of all visitors to digital library websites come from a BlackBerry device. After much consideration, OverDrive, East Central Regional Library’s Digital Library vendor, has decided to remove the app from BlackBerry App World in order to focus development efforts on more widely used platforms such as iOS and Android—both of which have more daily downloads than BlackBerry has monthly.
Effective April 10, 2014, the OverDrive Media Console mobile app for BlackBerry will no longer be available for download to BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices.
BlackBerry users with the app installed prior to April 10, 2014 will be able to continue downloading eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive Media Console. However, no further development or testing will be dedicated to it.
New BlackBerry users will still be able to download the Kindle app for BlackBerry and download Kindle format eBooks from ECRL’s Digital Library.
If you have questions, please let us know.
Sarah Hawkins, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library