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Getting Started with Audiobooks

InstallAdjust iTunesSearch and DownloadTransfer

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Install and Update Software

  1. To download audiobooks from OverDrive, download and install the OverDrive Media Console appropriate for your computer.
  2. Install the required software for your device. (Example: iPods require iTunes)
  3. PC users should use the latest version of Windows Media Player. You may be prompted to upgrade for Digital Rights Management through the OverDrive Media Console tools menu.

Adjust iTunes (for Apple devices)

  1. Connect your Apple device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Locate and click on the device in the left navigation panel. The summary screen is displayed.
  4. Place a check mark next to “Manually manage music…”
  5. Click Apply. The iTunes Summary screen refreshes and your changes are saved.

Search and Download

To view a demo video, visit OverDrive’s video page and select a topic from the playlist on the right.

  1. Visit our Digital Collection page.
  2. Find a title to download using the search bar, advanced search, or a browsing category in the main menu. If you do not see browsing categories, click the menu button: menu
  3. When you find an item, click on the title for more information. You may see a button marked “Borrow”, “Sign-in for availability”, or “Place a hold.” If the title is available, you will be taken to a checkout screen. If not, you may place a hold. OverDrive will ask for an email address to notify you when your title is ready to download. Once the notification is sent, you have 2 days to download it before it becomes available to the next patron.
  4. If you haven’t already signed in, you will be prompted for your library card number.
  5. On the next screen, find your title and click the “Download” box.
  6. When the download is completed, open it. OverDrive Media Console should open automatically when the downloaded book is opened. If you would like to listen on your computer, you’re done! Keep going to learn to how to transfer the audiobook to a portable device.

Transfer to an iPod/mp3 Device

To view a demo video, visit OverDrive’s video page and select a topic from the playlist on the right.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. On the OverDrive Media Console toolbar, click transfer.
  3. Select your device to transfer and follow the prompts on the screen.
  4. When the transfer is complete, safely disconnect the device and enjoy!

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