Audiobooks can be downloaded directly to many mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, iPads, etc. The basic requirements are that you must be able to install apps on the device and that the audiobook is in MP3 format (not WMA).
Downloading audiobooks directly to a device is relatively straightforward. The details will vary slightly depending on the type of device, but the basic steps are outlined in the following sections:
NOTE: For downloading audiobooks to devices without wireless capability, or for downloading audiobooks in WMA format, see Downloading MP3 and WMA Audiobooks via a Windows Computer
After September 4, 2019, the Overdrive for Mac software will no longer be available. Mac users will no longer be able to download audiobooks onto their computer and then transfer them to an ipod or MP3 player. Mac users can still listen to VPL to Go audiobooks in their browser using Overdrive Listen or on an apple mobile device using the Libby app.
Add Vancouver Public Library to Your OverDrive App
Sign In, Find and Borrow Audiobooks
Note: Audio files can be fairly large. Depending on your data plan, you might prefer to download the audiobook via WiFi (rather than your cellular network).
Once an audiobook is checked out to you, you can download it whenever and wherever you want during the loan period by going to the Bookshelf section in VPL to Go. When you are ready to download, complete the following steps:
To determine at a glance which titles are available, look at the headphones icon in the top right corner of the audiobook cover:
When browsing by genre or format, it is possible to hide all items that are currently checked out - look for the blue box on the left side of the screen that says Show me only titles with copies available.
If all copies of a title are in use, you can place a hold:
|Select Account from the top right of the screen
|Select Holds from the menu on the right
You will be able to see your position in the queue.
You can also cancel the hold from this menu or change the email address for notification using the Edit button.
Not finished with your eBook or downloadable audiobook? Click on the Renew icon to place an advance hold on titles you currently have checked out. Renewing puts you in line to borrow a title again once your first checkout expires; it will count towards one of your five holds.
The option to renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire, appearing next to the title on your Bookshelf in your VPL to Go account. You can only use the renew feature once for each checkout.
How to Place an Advanced Hold
2. Go to your Bookshelf, select the Renew icon next to the title you'd like to renew. Note: This option does not appear until three days before the title is set to expire.
If there are no existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be green (see example below). You can borrow this title again immediately once your first checkout expires - Note: you will need to redownload the audiobook.
If there are existing holds on a title, the Renew icon will be greyed out (see example below). You can still use the renew feature to reserve a spot on the title's wait list so you can borrow it again as soon as it's available.
3. Enter and confirm your email address in the renewal form, and click the Renew icon. The Renew icon on your Bookshelf will now have a green checkmark next to it (see example below).
eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are returned automatically after their lending period has expired. When a title expires, you can simply delete the expired audiobook from your device. For information on returning a title before the expiry date, please visit How to return titles before the end of your lending period.
(exception: OverDrive for Mac does not currently support the return feature)
|Open EPUB & Open PDF|
Authorize the app:
The process is very simple. The app itself will walk you through registering your card. If you want a trial run, Libby’s website can walk you through the process. You’ll see an image of a smartphone with a button marked “TRY” at the bottom – click on the “TRY” and it’ll walk you through the process of registering your library card. You can register several cards and, within the app, switch between them.