OverDrive Media Console--the iPhone app that lets users check out and read e-books from their local libraries--has been upgraded to a universal app optimized for iPad use.

The version 2.2 update from OverDrive arrived on Tuesday in the App Store. Previous, iPhone-centric versions of the app were available on the iPad, but only in the device's iPhone-compatibility mode, which made using it on the tablet a less-than-desirable experience. The upgraded app looks great on the iPad; it also now lets users alternate between portrait and landscape modes while reading.

OverDrive says more than 13,000 libraries worldwide offer e-book checkouts through the app, but your mileage may vary. The upgraded e-reader doesn't let users make highlights or notes--but on the bright side, there aren't any late fees when the book is due. You simply are forced to stop reading.

OverDrive Media Console is free--though you'll need a free Adobe Digital Editions account to make it work--and is compatible with any device running iOS 4.0 or later.