Usually I say something like “A few people have asked. . . ” and then I have to clarify that by “a few,” I actually mean, “one person.”
But this time! TWO whole people asked about how to download an audiobook onto your phone from the library.
Well, ask and you shall receive.
I spent a boatload of time taking screenshots of how to download them onto your computer through the Overdrive Media Console and then transfer them to your player (which is how I’ve done it for years) and then I thought, “Hmm, maybe I should try out the Overdrive app, just so I can comment on it.”
You guys? The app is so much better and easier. I’m a convert (I’ve resisted in the past because you couldn’t listen at double speed, but now they’ve added that functionality, plus a lot more. I’m in).
So if you have a smartphone or iPod touch, here’s how to do it in about five seconds. (Are there any of you who would want the whole tutorial for how to do it via computer (useful if you don’t have a smartphone or want to listen to it on your computer)? Because I have a whole folder of screenshots waiting. . . .)
In the meantime, here’s how to use it with the app.
Most libraries use Overdrive (the five library systems I’ve used in the last 5 years all do, and they are spread across four states), so it’s very likely your library does as well. How big the collection of books is depends on your library, but chances are you’ll have SOMETHING.
1. Download the Overdrive app.
2. Open it up on your phone and choose “Add a library.”
It’ll let you do a search for your library, and show you the available options.
4. Search for a book. (You can choose to only have it show available copies if you push that big green button just above your search results).
5. Click the book you want to check out. Push “Borrow” and then “Download.”
6. Go back to the main menu and choose “Bookshelf.” Voila! Your book will be there. (It may take a few minutes to download, depending on how long the book is).
7. Click the book cover to open it and press the play button.
8. You can also change the speed (anywhere from half speed to double speed, in quarter-speed increments).