Thursday, November 4, 2010

Transferring Audiobooks

Once the audiobook has been downloaded to your PC or Mac, it can be transferred to your compatible player.

Here are some tips:
  • Open OMC and connect player.
  • iPod users will need to have a current version of iTunes installed and running on their computer. Ideally, this is the same computer typically used to transferring music and apps to the same iPod. 
  • iPod users must make two changes within iTunes: 
    • With the iPod connected >> Visit iTunes >> Click on iPod's name in left sidebar >> in the center part of the screen, under the iPod's description, view "Manually Manage Music and Video." >> Select this option >> Apply.
    • From iTunes >> (Edit) >> Preferences >> Options >> Import Settings button >> Change to "Spoken Podcast. >> Save.
  • If another player besides iPods is used on a PC, no additional software besides the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) is required to run.
  • From OMC >> Select desired title (it should be blue) >> Click "Transfer" button. 
  • Allow the title to transfer. 
  • WMA titles transferring to an iPod will take 3 minutes or so per part to transfer. iTunes is working in the background. 
  • Disconnect the player when finished transferring.

Downloading Audiobooks or eBooks

Before audiobooks or eBooks can be downloaded to your PC or Mac, the appropriate software must be installed on your computer.

Audiobooks require the OverDrive Media Console and eBooks require Adobe Digital Editions.

Web browsers handle downloads differently. Here are a few broad tips:
  • If using Windows Explorer, expect to "save" the file. The file will be saved and opened automatically with either the OMC or ADE (or Sony Reader Library, if you use a Sony eReader).
  • If using Firefox, "open" the file with either the OMC or ADE (Sony eReader users, open with Reader Library). 
  • If using Safari on a Mac, save the file. The file will typically be saved to the downloads folder. Double-click the file name to open with the appropriate software. 
Generally speaking, by installing the appropriate software, you are telling your computer that the software will open and manage the corresponding audiobook or eBook files.

Never change the default download location. If you have never downloaded an audiobook before now and are asked to create new folders, always approve creating the default folders and their locations. Always.

Read about transferring an audiobook or eBook.

Getting Started With Downloadables

Welcome to the quick start guide for the New Hampshire Downloadable Books service. This service is offered and primarily funded by 160 NH public libraries with support from the NH State Library.

The purpose of this guide is to help you learn more about the service.

Read about what is offered in this service
NHDB Content

Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

This step only needs to be done once and only on PCs.

Once the OverDrive Media Console has been installed >> Open the software >> Tools menu >> Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

Without this upgrade the WMA audiobook will not be able to be downloaded to your computer. You will get an error message about not having the rights to download the title.

Tech tip:
If the "play" button does not light up (become "clickable") after multiple tries, follow these instructions for a manual upgrade.

Audiobook Software

Before downloading a WMA or MP3 audiobook to your computer, you must install the free OverDrive Media Console to your PC or Mac.

When installing the software and later when downloading audiobooks, never change the default folders. When you are prompted to create new folders, always do so! Do not try to put the software or digital files in different locations.

PC users have one more step after the software installation: The Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

Audio Player Compatibility

Not every audio player is compatible with the digital audiobooks in our collection.
  • The WMA audiobooks can only be transferred from a PC to a WMA-compatible player.
  • The MP3 audiobooks can be transferred to any WMA-compatible player and many more players from a PC or a Mac.
The most important thing to remember is that Mac users (regardless which player they have) do not have access to the WMA audiobooks.

Next Step: Read about required software for downloading and transferring audiobooks.
Audiobook Software

Computer Compatibility

Audiobooks:
  • PC users can download and use both WMA and MP3 audiobooks.
  • Mac users can download MP3 audiobooks -- not WMA audiobooks. 
Read more about audio player compatiblity:
Audio Player Compatibility

EPUB eBooks:
  • Both PC and Mac users can download and read EPUB eBooks.

What Are Downloadable Audiobooks?

Downloadable audiobooks are similar to the audiobooks on CD or books on tape you've seen on your library's shelves. Instead of being recorded to a CD or cassette tape these audiobooks are digital. They are hosted on the OverDrive Website and downloaded directly to your computer.

Just like the audiobooks you checkout from the library, these audiobooks are borrowed by one person at a time for a limited period of time. The good news is you don't need to remember to return the digital audiobook -- after seven days, the audiobook is returned for the next person to borrow.

The digital audiobooks can be listened to on your computer or transferred to an audio player. Not every audio player will play all of the audiobook titles in our collection, nor can every audiobook be transferred to all types of computer.

Learn more about which computers are compatible with downloading the digital audiobooks.
Computer Compatibility

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NHDB Content

The NHDB service owns approximately 4000 digital audiobooks and 900 eBooks. The titles range from best sellers to language instruction to popular nonfiction.

Just like the material in your public library, all of the copies in this collection are checked out to one person for a limited period of time.

After the checkout period is over, the digital title is automatically returned to the collection and is no longer playable or readable on your computer or reader. You do not need to return the item.

Would you like to learn more about audiobooks or eBooks?