Downloadable Audiobooks = eAudiobooks


eAudiobooks are books one listens to, either on a computer or a portable listening device. You can download the latest best seller, book club favorite, award winning author as an audiobook and listen to it on your computer or your portable listening device (MP3 player). All you need to take advantage of this free service is a Ventura County Library (VCL) card in good standing.

General notes
  • We recommend MP3 players with bookmark capability. Many audiobooks are downloaded as a single track, and bookmarks help you find your place, just as in a book. Otherwise, if you navigate away from the audiobook without setting a bookmark, when you return to the audiobook, you will go back to the beginning of the recording.
  • Downloading audiobooks requires Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
  • For best results, turn off pop-up blockers while downloading.
  • Because of bandwidth and other technical issues, audiobooks may not be downloaded on VCL computers.
 
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Connection
You need a high speed Internet connection, Windows Media Player 9 or higher and – for portable listening – an MP3 player.
Access
 
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
  Click on "OneClickdigital" to access Ventura County Library's OneClickdigital from Recorded Books collection. You must enter through the Ventura County eLibrary portal.   Click on "OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks" to access Ventura County Library's OverDrive collection. You must enter through the Ventura County eLibrary portal.
     
Software
 

OneClickdigital

 
OverDrive
 

The software you download will depend on your preferences and device. For example, after creating an account you will be invited to choose whether or not to use the OneClickdigital Media Manager as your default player.
This is the preferred method and it allows for the easiest download experience.
Mac users or users that wish to download manually should select “no”.

See the Help tab FAQs > Getting Started and the Help tab videos for installation tutorials.

 

You need to download the following free software:

  • Windows Media Player available at Microsoft.com
  • OverDrive Media Console version 1.0 (or later), available on the OverDrive site: click on “Quick Start Guide” (under “Getting Started”) and follow the steps to download the software
     

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Compatibility
Some brands of media players do not currently support DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, making them unable to play the audiobooks. At present, for greatest selection of titles, your MP3 player should support the .wma format.
   
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
  Compatible Devices  
  All OneClickdigital titles are iPod compatible.   Our OverDrive collection now includes selected iPod compatible eAudiobooks.
     
Download
   
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
   See the Help tab for tutorials, FAQ and email support    See the Digital Books Tour for tips on downloading.
 
  • Create an account in OneClickdigital - including your library card number. You may assign yourself a username and password
  • Notice there are several search options; you may browse by tabs (page center) or genre (Quick Search in the upper right)
  • Mousing over the covers will bring up an information box - clicking on the title will give you a detailed information page. You may checkout or place a hold in both places if the book is available
  •  Under "My Collections" you can see what items are checked out, when they are due and what holds you have pending
  •  If you use the OneClickdigital Media Manager (recommended), it will automatically open when you click on "Download Now"
 
  • Perform a search and select a book by clicking on the title.
  • Under “Format Information,” available titles will show an “add to cart” link while titles already checked out will show a “place a hold” link
  • When you are finished selecting, click on the “Proceed to Checkout” link. For help, see “Check Out Assistance”
  • You will need to enter your VCL card barcode and confirm your checkout to reach the download page
  • Your download will activate the OverDrive player, which will give you options to download the eaudiobook in part or in total
     
Checkout
 
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
 
  • The checkout period for audiobooks from OneClickdigital is from 1 to 21 days - you choose the length of time
  • You can return items early through the OneClickdigital Media Manager
  • You may login again to re-check it out (or be place it on the hold/request if someone else has requested it)
  • There are no fines attached to your audiobook downloads. DRM (Digital Rights Management) software built in to the recording expires at the end of the checkout period, causing the audiobook to be inaccessible
  • You are allowed a maximum of 5 items checked out at once
  • Holds & Requests
    • You're allowed 5 holds at a time
    • Request items are held for 2 days
 
  • The checkout period for audiobooks from OverDrive is 7, 14 or 21 days - you choose
  • You are able to login again to re-check it out (or be placed on the hold list if someone else has requested it)
  • There are no fines attached to your audiobook downloads. DRM (Digital Rights Management) software built in to the recording expires 7, 14 or 21 days from the date of download, causing the audiobook to be inaccessible
  • The audiobook will remain in your OverDrive player in case you want to re-check it out. If not, you will need to remove it from your computer or player manually
  • You are allowed a maximum of 5 items checked out at once
  • Holds & Requests
    • You're allowed 5 holds at a time
    • Request items are held 4 days
   Help - FAQs  
     
Allow early returns?
 
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
 
  • Yes, if you have finished listening to an audiobook before the expiration date and you would like to return it and check out another title, you may do so from the OneClickdigital Media Manager:
    • Under the Checked Out tab, click on the "Return Now" button under the information for the title in question
    • Find more information at OneClickdigital's Help > FAQs > Navigating OneClickdigital
 
  • No  - OverDrive audiobooks are not allowed to be early returned due to their licensing agreements with book publishers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burn to a CD?
 
OneClickdigital
 
OverDrive
  The titles on OneClickdigital will not be available to be burned to a CD.  

There are two places you can check to see if a title may be burned to CD:

  • The OverDrive website - look under "Digital Rights Information" for the specific title
  • If you have already checked out the title, you can look in OverDrive Media Console. Highlight the desired title and click the "Properties" button. If a 'License' tab is not displayed, the title is not digitally protected and can be burned to CD
     

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Technical Help
 

OneClickdigital

 
OverDrive
  Technical help, including an email form, is available on OneClickdigital's site. When you are in the site, click on the Help Tab.    Technical help is available on OverDrive's site. When you are in the site, click on the Help Link.
  Help - Getting Started Videos  
  Contact OneClickdigital  
  Help - FAQs  
   
 
     
Disclaimer
There are a large number of players available today, and each functions differently. Because of this, Ventura County Library staff cannot provide any technical help with downloading audiobooks, managing your computer, or managing or using your portable listening device.
 
** Other eAudiobooks
We do have additional, small eaudiobook collections from other vendors:
  • EBSCOhost Books [eLibrary > eBooks] - less that 100
  • Freegal [eLibrary > Music] - very few

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