Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Google Play Adds Pre-Order for Movies Still in Theatres


Playing a little catch-up with other Internet video stores (including iTunes), Google Play is now letting users pre-order movies so you see the latest new releases the moment they are available.

Using the new feature is easy: check the list of available pre-orders, click the button to reserve it, enter your credit card details (though you will not be charged until the movie is actually delivered), and then your movie will be added to “My Movies” (where you can review the actual release date and any relevant details). On the day your movie is ready to be watched, you will receive an email to confirm your purchase and advise that it has been added to your library.

No more marking your calendar so you can return to the store at a later date –stay on top of the best Hollywood has to offer.


Movie pre-orders are only available in the US currently, but Google promises other countries will see this feature soon.

Google Play Adds Pre-Order for Movies Still in Theatres is a post from: Good e-Reader

Facebook Working on Anonymous Social Media App


According to the New York Times, Facebook is working on a new social media app that will allow members to interact with each other anonymously. If rumours can be believed, this new app has been in development for over a year and would allow users to discuss topics that they might otherwise be uncomfortable to bring up. Of course, just how anonymous the new service really is remains to be seen –the juicier the content, the more people will want to attribute those details to real people.

It might seem a little unusual to release a service of this type, but it makes sense when you think of how strictly Facebook has tried to enforce their “real names policy” (requiring members to use their legal names on the site). It seems reasonable to expect there will be some sort of interaction with the existing Facebook ecosystem, but it is difficult to guess exactly how. If not, the logical question would be what’s in it for them… with viable competitors in the anonymous app field including Whisper and Secret.

No specifics are known at this stage, other than it may be ready for prying eyes in a matter of weeks… though Facebook is keeping rather tight-lipped about the whole thing (going so far as to tell news outlet, Ars Technica, that they “do not comment on rumors or speculation”).

If you could be truly anonymous, what would you want to discuss? My bet is that a lot of secret admirers will be coming out of the woodwork for people.

Facebook Working on Anonymous Social Media App is a post from: Good e-Reader

Kindle Paperwhite vs Fire HD 6 Comparison Review (+Video)

Now that Amazon has released the Fire HD 6 tablet, I thought it would be interesting to compare it with the Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader. Even though both devices have 6-inch screens and offer content from Amazon’s ecosystem, they are two very different devices. The Kindle Paperwhite is designed for reading ebooks, and the Fire […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month



National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual health campaign designed to increase awareness of the disease as we all raise funds for research. In addition, the campaign focuses on early detection plans, and information and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To help your patrons find resources, inspiration, encouragement, and education, we have compiled a list of titles dealing with breast cancer and women's health.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As always, we are also available to assist you with the addition of titles to your catalog; email collectionteam@overdrive.com for more information.


Please note that title availability may vary by geographic location and platform.


Rachel Kray is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.

3M Cloud Library and Barnes & Noble Reach New Hardware Partnership

E Reader

The 3M Cloud Library has just inked a deal with Barnes and Noble to provide libraries with e-readers to loan out to their patrons. This will give patrons the ability to borrow eBooks from the library, even if they don’t own a device, they can simply borrow one.

"What's unique about our program is that patrons can choose the titles they want to read, rather than borrowing a pre-loaded device with a title they may not be interested in," said Tom Mercer, 3M Cloud Library Marketing Manager. "Our program gives patrons choice and allows libraries to extend digital reading to more people in their community."

To use the device at participating libraries, patrons can browse the 3M Cloud Library collection and check out an eBook from any computer in the library, then visit the appropriate lending desk to have the title loaded onto a NOOK GlowLight. The devices are sold to libraries through local Barnes & Noble Community Relations Managers, who pre-load them with secure software. The software only allows the devices to be used through the library's account, requires no personal information from the patron, and renders the device inoperable once titles are due.

"Our library has been lending several hundred NOOK GlowLight eReaders with 3M Cloud Library compatibility with great success," said Laura Cole, Special Projects Coordinator at BiblioTech Library in Bexar County, Texas. "The devices are easy to use, reliable and lightweight. Best of all, our patrons love the GlowLight feature for nighttime reading."’

3M Cloud Library and Barnes & Noble Reach New Hardware Partnership is a post from: Good e-Reader

The MagPi issue 27: out now!

Is that the date already? The new issue of The MagPi, the free magazine written and produced by members of the Raspberry Pi community, is available today.

The MagPi issue 27

Editor Ash Stone says:

Welcome to Issue 27 of The MagPi magazine. This month's issue is packed cover to cover with something for just about everyone!

Are you tired of controlling your Raspberry Pi with the same old mouse and keyboard? Have you ever wished you could have the ergonomic feel of a console controller in your hands when playing some of those retro games we have written about in past issues? If you answered yes to either of these questions, why not take a look at Mark Routledge's fantastic article describing how to do just that.

Alec Clews talks us through the use of Git, a free version control software package that we also use here at The MagPi to ensure that all of the team work on the most up to date copy of each issue. This is a great read, especially if you work with any type of document or file as part of a team.

As you can see from our front cover, we return to the popular world of Minecraft in Dougie Lawson's clever article on building QR code structures inside the game. We also have more physical computing from ModMyPi, and a great father and son story on building and funding a Raspberry Pi project through Kickstarter.

Of course we have not forgotten about programming. William Bell continues his popular C++ series and we also have part three of our game programming series using FUZE BASIC. Start thinking of some game ideas now because in the next issue we will have a game programming competition.

If you want even more from The MagPi this month then why not join us on the 11th October at the SWAMP Fest event (see this month's Events page) where we will have our own stand. We look forward to seeing you there.

We hope you enjoy this month's issue and don't forget to like our Facebook page and leave a comment at www.facebook.com/MagPiMagazine.