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Audiobooks & portable listening devices . ICE-TT. Pierce County Library System. E-Books vs Audiobooks Pierce County Library offers downloadable titles in both e-book and audiobook format. E-Books. Audiobooks. Digital versions of print books Available through OverDrive

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Audiobooks portable listening devices

Audiobooks & portable listening devices

ICE-TT

Pierce County Library System


Audiobooks portable listening devices
E-Books vs AudiobooksPierce County Library offers downloadable titles in both e-book and audiobook format

E-Books

Audiobooks

  • Digital versions of print books

  • Available through OverDrive

  • File types include PDF and ePUB

  • Required software is Adobe Digital Editions

  • Titles transfer to devices such as the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony eReader

  • Books that you listen to instead of read off the page

  • Available through OverDrive and NetLibrary

  • File types include Mp3 and WMA

  • Required software is OverDrive Media Console

  • Titles transfer to devices such as the iPod and Zune


Essential steps to using audiobooks
Essential Steps to Using Audiobooks

  • Get a Library Card!

  • Choose a portable listening device

  • Get set up

  • Search for audiobooks at OverDrive Digital Home

  • Checkout and Download Audiobooks

  • Transfer Audiobooks to your portable listening device


Step 1 get a library card
Step 1: Get a Library Card!

  • A library card is required to checkout and download audiobooks.

  • You can get a library card at any Pierce County Library branch.


Step 2 choose a compatible portable listening device
Step 2: Choose a Compatible Portable Listening Device

  • MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) are types of audio files. Audiobooks offered as library downloads come in both types.

  • Which kind of file you can use depends on what type of computer and portable listening device you have.


Mp3 vs wma
MP3 vs. WMA

Universal format – can be played on any device or computer

Can be copied and moved easily

Fewer titles available for download

WMA

  • Developed by Microsoft – can only be played on select players and devices

  • More titles available for download

  • Publishers often prefer releasing audiobooks in WMA because it gives them more control over use thanks to DRM (digital right management) technology that restricts usage

Mp3


Compatible listening devices
Compatible Listening Devices

Laptops & Computers

PC

  • WMA audiobook files

  • MP3 audiobook files

Mac

  • MP3 audiobook files


Portable listening devices ipods
Portable Listening Devices - iPods

iPods will play MP3 audiobook files and iPod compatible WMA audiobook file

Not all WMA audiobook files are compatible with iPods (you can search specifically for iPod compatible WMA audiobooks)


Other portable listening devices
Other Portable Listening Devices

MP3 and WMA audiobooks files can also be played on:

  • SanDisk Sansa

  • Samsung YP

  • Microsoft Zune

  • Creative Zen

  • Coby MP

See OverDrive’s Device Resource Center for a complete list of compatible devices


Step 3 get set up
Step 3: Get set up

Download and install OverDrive Media Console on your home computer

The Quick Start Guide on the OverDrive page covers:

  • Software download & installation

  • Systems requirements

  • Required systems upgrades


Overdrive media console
OverDrive Media Console

  • OverDrive Media Console is software that is used for downloading, transferring, and listening to audiobooks

  • Windows users may need to perform a security upgrade

  • OverDrive Media Console has already been installed on the Learning Kit laptop


Step 4 find books at overdrive digital home
Step 4: Find Books at Overdrive Digital Home

  • Accessing OverDrive Digital Home

  • Signing in to your Account

  • Finding Audiobooks

  • Adding items to your Cart or Wishlist


Overdrive digital home
OverDrive Digital Home

Your OverDrive account information is separate from your regular PCLS account information.

Audiobooks are listed on the same page as e-books

Try Advanced Search to refine your search


Try advanced search
Try Advanced Search

Limit your search to:

MP3 or WMA titles

Genre (Subject)

Titles with copies available


Item record
Item record

The item record will let you know:

The file format of the audiobook

What sorts of devices the audiobook will play on

Whether the item has copies available or whether you will need to join the holds list


Step 5 checkout and download audiobooks
Step 5: Checkout and Download Audiobooks

  • The Checkout Process

  • Downloading Your Checkouts

  • Saving audioboooks to your computer


Your cart
Your cart

As you add items to your cart you have the option of continuing to search for more books or proceeding to check out


Downloading audiobooks
Downloading audiobooks

When you download an audiobook OverDrive Media Console should automatically open


Downloading audiobooks1
Downloading Audiobooks

The Get Media box will ask you where you would like to save the audiobook to on your computer. It will usually place it in My Documents or a similar folder. Select “OK”.


Downloading audiobooks2
Downloading Audiobooks

Select the part(s) you want to download (audiobooks are divided up into parts to make them easier to download). Then select “OK”. The part(s) will start to download. From here, you can listen to the audiobook on your computer


Step 6 transfer audiobooks to your portable listening device
Step 6: Transfer Audiobooks to Your Portable Listening Device

  • Connect your device to the computer (usually needs a cable).

  • Click “Transfer” on Console

  • The Console will look for your device and will ask which part(s) you would like to transfer. OverDrive Media Console will then transfer the part(s) to your device.

    Notes for iPod/iPhone users: Make sure you have the newest version of iTunes installed. Also, make sure the iPod is set to “Manually Manage Music and Videos” (on Summary Page of your iPod in iTunes)

    Also, for faster download time for audiobooks, you may have to adjust the preferences in iTunes. In iTunes, go to Edit, then Preferences. Select “Import Settings” in the General tab, and change “Setting” to Spoken Podcast


So what s the deal with the ipad iphone
So…what’s the deal with the iPad/iPhone? Device

  • You can use your iPhone/iPad/Android phone as a portable listening device

  • Rather than the traditional OverDrive Medica Console software, these devices use OverDrive’s OverDrive Media Console app

  • Download the app through the App store or Android Marketplace directly to your mobile device (the app has already been installed on the Learning Kit iPod Touch).


Find books using the overdrive media console app
Find books using the OverDrive Media Console app Device

With the app you can search, check-out, and download audiobooks directly to your device

  • Open the OverDrive app on the iPod Touch

  • Select “Get Books+”

  • The first time you search for books you will need to add the PCLS website using a card number & PIN (the Learning Kit iPod has already added PCLS)


Find books using the overdrive media console app1
Find books using the OverDrive Media Console app Device

  • When you select Pierce County Library System you will be taken to the PCLS OverDrive catalog

  • You can browse or search for both audio books and eBooks

  • You can add available titles to your cart or place requests for unavailable items

  • Enter a library card & PIN to check-out

  • You can listen to your audiobook as soon as it is finished downloading to the OverDrive Media Console app