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Downloading MP3 & WMA Audiobooks via a Windows Computer

Downloading MP3 and WMA Audiobooks via a Windows Computer

Audiobooks can be listened to on Windows computers and many devices that do not have Internet access or cannot accept apps, such as many MP3 players and iPods. To listen on such a device, the audiobook must first be downloaded using a Windows desktop or laptop computer and then transferred to your device.

Details regarding installation, downloading, transferring, etc., may vary significantly depending on the type of device, but the basic steps are outlined in the following sections:


Install OverDrive for Windows on Your Desktop or Laptop (it's free)

  • On your computer, go to the OverDrive app website
  • Select Windows from the menu (note the Windows Store link for Windows 8)
  • Download and install OverDrive for Windows

Find and Borrow Audiobooks

  • On your computer, go the Vancouver Public Library website
  • Under the heading Explore Online Resources, click on eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks
  • Click on VPL to Go
  • Now you can browse the collection or search for audiobooks that you want to borrow
  • When you find an available title that you’d like to borrow, click on the item to select it
  • Click the Borrow button
  • Sign in by entering your library card number and PIN

Download Audiobooks to Your Computer

Once you have ‘borrowed’ the audiobook, you still need to download it:

  • From the Bookshelf menu in VPL to Go, click on the download button
  • Depending on how your web browser is configured, one of two things will happen:
    1. Either the audiobook will start downloading directly into OverDrive and download for several minutes, in which case skip to the next section
    2. Or a small file will be quickly downloaded and then nothing appears to happen. If this happens, try the following:
      • Locate the downloaded file - It should have the file extension .odm at the end of the name
      • Depending on your setup, it could be on the desktop or in a ‘Downloads’ folder or anywhere you’ve set up to receive downloads
      • When you locate the file, right-click on it
      • From the pop-up menu, open the file with OverDrive
      • The audiobook should then begin downloading in OverDrive
  • When the download is complete, you can now listen to the audiobook on your Windows computer using the OverDrive app, or you can transfer the audiobook to your device (see section below)

Note: If you have any difficulties with this process, please refer to the OverDrive Help articles.


Transfer Audiobooks to Your Device

Once the audiobook has finished downloading, you can transfer it to your device (e.g. MP3 players, iPod, etc.). The following section is divided into two parts:


Transfer to MP3 Players


OverDrive Help Article

 

 


1. With OverDrive Media Console open on your computer, select the title you wish to transfer and click on the Transfer button.

 

2. When the Transfer Wizard opens, connect your device to your computer. Click Next.

 

3. When your device is detected, the Confirm screen is displayed. Your device should be listed in the Player section. Click Next.

 

4. The title will begin transferring to your MP3 player.

5. Click Finish.

 


Transfer to Apple Devices


Transferring Using iTunes

Note on Manual Transfers
If you prefer to transfer audiobooks to your iPod manually, please note, that any title you transfer manually will be overwritten if you subsequently do an automated sync with iTunes.

1. With OverDrive Media Console open on your computer, select the title you wish to transfer and click on the Transfer button.

2. When the Transfer Wizard opens, connect your device to your computer. Click Next.

3. When your device is detected, the Confirm screen is displayed. Make sure that the field labelled Player says iTunes Library (or Apple device) and click Next and the file(s) will be copied to your iTunes library.

4. If you see the following message, follow the instructions to enable Manually manage music... on your Apple device. This is an optional setting in iTunes. When completed, click OK to close the prompt. This will take you back to the Transfer Wizard.


 

5. Click the Next button - the transfer will begin.

6. When the transfer is complete, click the Finish button.

Now the audiobook is in your iTunes library and you can transfer it by connecting and syncing to your Apple device:

  • In iTunes, downloaded audiobooks may be categorized as Music
  • If you wish to change this, right-click the title in iTunes and choose Get Info
  • Under the Options tab, choose Media Kind and select Audiobook

 

Other Things You Can Do...

Other Things You Can Do...


View Only Titles that are Currently Available

To determine at a glance which titles are available, look at the headphones icon in the top right corner of the audiobook cover:

  • Dark Grey icon means that the title is available to be borrowed
  • Pale Grey icon means that all copies of the title are currently checked out

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.


Place Holds on Audiobooks that are Checked Out

If all copies of a title are in use, you can place a hold:

  • Select the Audiobook title you are interested in, then click the Place a Hold button
  • Sign in to your VPL to Go account with your library card number and PIN - Note: this is a separate account from My VPL where you would manage your library account for physical materials
  • Enter or confirm your email address to receive notification
  • When the title becomes available, you will receive an email notice
  • You will have 72 hours from the time the email was sent to check out the Audbiobook
  • If you do not check it out within 72 hours, it will go to the next person on the list
  • You can have a maximum of 5 holds at once

Check the Status of Your Holds

Sign in to your VPL to Go account with your library card number and PIN - Note: this is a separate account from My VPL where you would manage your library account for physical materials.

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.

 

 


Place an Advanced Hold (Renew Titles)

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

1. Log into VPL to Go and sign in to your Account.

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).


 Return Titles Before the Expiry Date

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)

  FORMAT   RETURN EARLY?  
  EPUB
  PDF
  Open EPUB & Open PDF
  OverDrive Read
  MP3