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How to Download and Transfer an Audiobook

To an eReader or audio device:

NOTE: To download audiobooks onto smartphones or an ipad see directions

  • Use your USB cord to plug your ereader or audio device into your computer.
  • Click on the 'Download' link for your audio book after checking the title out.
  • The OverDrive Media Console will open and prompt you for a download location for your audio files. Click 'OK' to save the files to the default location.
  • Select parts or choose OK to download the entire book. The book will immediately begin to download.
  • In OverDrive Media Console, highlight a book and click the Transfer/burn button.
  • Choose parts or click Next to transfer the entire audiobook. The audiobook will begin to transfer to your device immediately. When the title has finished transferring you may disconnect your device from your computer.

To an iPod

NOTE: In order to transfer WMA audiobooks to your ipod, you must do so on a Windows PC that has iTunes. MP3 files can be downloaded/transferred using either a Windows pc or a Mac. You must also download the Overdrive Media Console onto your computer first.

Using your Windows® PC

Setup
  • Install OverDrive Media Console for Windows v3.2.0.5 (or newer). To download OverDrive Media Console for Windows, click here.
  • Install Windows Media® Player 9 series (or newer). To download Windows Media Player, click here.
  • Install iTunes® v9.1 (or newer). To download iTunes, click here.
  • Enable the iTunes setting Manually manage music… for the device.
  • Connect the device to your computer.
  • If it does not launch automatically, open iTunes.
  • Locate the device in the left vertical navigation panel (under heading DEVICES).
  • Click the device.
  • The Summary screen is displayed.
  • Place a checkmark next to the option Manually manage music...
  • Click the Apply button. The changes are saved.
  • If desired, close iTunes.

From a Windows computer, MP3 Audiobooks and most WMA Audiobooks may be transferred to an Apple device.


To transfer:
  • Open OverDrive Media Console.
  • Select a title.
  • Click the Transfer button. The Transfer Wizard opens.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the transfer.

On your Mac®

Setup
  • Install OverDrive Media Console for Mac. To download OverDrive Media Console for Mac, click here.
  • Install iTunes® v7.6.2.9 (or newer). To download iTunes, click here.
  • Enable the iTunes setting Manually manage music... for the device.
  • Connect the device to your computer.
  • If it does not launch automatically, open iTunes.
  • Locate your device in the left vertical navigation panel (under heading DEVICES).
  • Click the device.
  • The Summary screen is displayed.
  • Place a checkmark next to option Manually manage music...
  • Click the Apply button.
  • The changes are saved.
  • If desired, close iTunes.

From a Mac computer, MP3 Audiobooks may be transferred to an Apple device.

To transfer:
  • Open OverDrive Media Console.
  • Select a title.
  • Click the Transfer button. The Transfer Wizard opens.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the transfer.

Additional Requirements for Apple Devices:

  • OverDrive Media Console v3.2.0.5 (or newer) for Windows or OverDrive Media Console for Mac v1.0 (or newer).
  • iTunes v9.1 (or newer) for Windows or iTunes v7.6.2.9 (or newer) for Mac.
  • On Mac, iTunes v9.1 (or newer) is required for transferring to the iPad. iTunes v8.1.0.52 (or newer) is required for transferring to the iPod shuffle.
  • The device must be formatted for use with your operating system.
  • The device must be set to Manually Manage Music...

Setting up an Apple device to 'Manually Manage Music:

  • Connect your device to your computer.
  • Open iTunes.
  • Locate the device in the left navigation panel (under heading DEVICES), and click the device.
  • The Summary screen is displayed.
  • Place a checkmark next to Manually manage music...
  • Click Apply. The iTunes 'Summary' screen refreshes, and your changes are saved.

Locating An Audiobook File on your iPod

After the book has been transferred, MP3 books will show up under the Music subsection and WMA books will show up in the Books subsection. Once the mobile device is disconnected from iTunes, MP3 books will show up in the Songs list and WMA books will show up in the Books list.

Transferred Audiobook Not Showing Up In iTunes?

If you have successfully transferred a compatible audiobook file using the Overdrive Media Console, but the file does not show up on your iPod or in iTunes, you may need to change the Import settings in iTunes.

  • In iTunes, go to Edit.
  • Choose Preferences.
  • Under the General tab go to Import Settings.
  • Choose Spoken Podcast
  • Click OK.

You should now be able transfer the audiobook from the Overdrive Media Console to your iPod.

How to Burn a Book to a CD

NOTE: Some titles cannot be burned to a CD because of copyright restrictions. Titles that can be burned to a CD, will have this icon image in the item record.

  • In OverDrive Media Console, highlight a book and click the Transfer/burn button.
  • Windows Media Player opens. Click the Copy to CD or Device button.
  • Select the track(s) to be burned to CD by checking the box next to the track name.
  • Place a blank CDR in your CD-ROM drive and ensure that your CD drive is selected in the right hand pane of Windows Media Player.
  • Click the Copy button in the upper right hand corner of Windows Media Player to add the track(s) to the list of files to be burned to disc.
  • Windows Media Player will inspect, convert, and temporarily copy the file in preparation for burning. This process may take a few minutes.
  • You may track the Player’s progress by monitoring the Status field in Windows Media Player.
  • When the disc is complete, Windows Media Player will eject the disc and the status field will indicate Complete.

imageThe Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

  • First time OverDrive users will then by prompted for the security upgrade mentioned in the Note in Getting Started above.
  • Click OK.
  • Cancel the download.
  • Click on Tools on the titlebar of the OverDrive Media Console.
  • Click OK.
  • Answer Yes to Allow Windows Media Player to download the security upgrade.
  • Then click Play to learn whether the download was successful.
  • Once you have backed up your license you are ready to download your audio book.
  • Go back to the elibraryNJ screen with your selected title(s) and click on the Download button again.
  • Select the parts you want to download and click ‘OK’. Depending on the file size and the number of parts to be downloaded, you may have to wait several minutes.

 

How to Return and/or Delete an Audiobook

NOTE: Audiobooks on audio players or eReaders CANNOT be returned before their due date. You must wait for the title to expire for it to disappear from your eLibraryNJ account. However, you may delete a title from your device after the lending period has expired. Audiobboks on smartphones or tables CAN be returned early using the following directions:

On an Andriod device:
Click the plus sign next to the title and select Return/ Delete.

On a Blackberry:
Select the title. Select Menu, then Return/Delete.

On a Windows phone:
On the library screen, tap and hold the title. Then, select Return/Delete.

In iTunes:
Click the plus sign next to the title and select Return/ Delete.

eReaders:
The process for deleting titles from an ereader depends on the ereader. Please refer to your user manual for specific directions.

Note: When returning an item before its due date, make sure to choose Return and Delete so that the title will be removed from your account. If you choose Delete only, the title will be removed from your device, but will remain checked out under your account.

How to Tell If Your Device Is Compatible with OverDrive Media Console

Check here for a list of compatible devices. It is a long list to scroll through.


There is a test for device compatibility at http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/. There is no direct link. You must scroll to the bottom of the page to the heading Test a Device for Compatibility. Check the directions there.

Troubleshooting

For tips on troubleshooting your transger go to elibraryNJ troubleshooting.

Need more information?

Do you have a question not covered on this page or on the troubleshooting tips from elibraryNJ? Please call Information Services at 732-390-6767. Please have as much information as possible available:

  • Your operating system and the browser you are using.
  • Do you have a firewall?
  • Steps to replicate the problem.
  • Exact text of error message.
  • Anything else you can think of that might be helpful.

Additional Resources

Librivox Billed as "accoustical liberation of books in the public domain." LibriVox provides free audio books from the public domain recorded by volunteers.

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