Listening to eAudiobooks on MP3 Players or iPods

Here is what you need to start enjoying eAudiobooks from the ORL eBooks collection

1. Do you have access to a personal computer and are comfortable using computers?
You will have to download software to your computer to allow you to listen to eAudiobooks borrowed from the ORL.

2. Do you have a compatible media player that will play the eAudiobooks borrowed from the library?
You can check what devices are compatible at http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481731-mp3-players.

3. Do you have an ORL card and PIN code?
You will need both to borrow digital books. If you do not know your PIN code, please visit your closest library branch. You can also reset your PIN code online if your email address is associated with your library account.

 

Download the OverDrive program

If you will be listening to the eAudiobook on a compatible MP3 player or iPod. install the free OverDrive program your Windows or Mac Computer.

You can find the software download link on the OverDrive website: http://app.overdrive.com.

This program is used for downloading eAudiobooks, managing and listening to your borrowed titles, and transferring your eAudiobook to an MP3 player.

If you will be transferring the eAudiobook to an iPod, you will also need to have iTunes installed on your computer. You will need to set iTunes to Manually manage music and videos for your iPod before you follow the steps below to transfer the eAudiobook to the iPod. Find out how to choose these settings from OverDrive Help.

 

Tablet or smartphone users: If you would like to download and listen to eAudiobooks using the OverDrive App, please check out the Getting Started with Digital Books on Tablets or Smartphones help page.  

 

Finding eAudiobooks in the ORL eBooks collection

Visit the ORL eBooks collection at https://orl.overdrive.com

Click on the Books icon in the top right hand corner or tap Sign In, enter your library card number and PIN (password). You are now ready to borrow eAudiobooks with just a few clicks!

Search for titles or authors, or browse by Subjects or Collections.

Books that are out on loan will have a Wait List banner at the top. Books that are ready to borrow will have an Available banner.

Click on the icon or the cover image of the book see book summaries, samples, or read-alikes.  

Click on Place a Hold to be put on a waiting list for eAudiobooks out on loan.

The first time you place a hold, you will be asked for an email address to send the notification to for when the book is ready. It will be automatically checked out to your account when it becomes available. (You can turn off automatic check-outs from the Settings section of your account on the ORL eBooks website).

Click on Borrow to check-out the eAudiobook. If desired, change the lending period (7, 14, or 21 days) before tapping Borrow. The title will be added to your Loans page under My account on the ORL eBooks website.

To get to your Loans page, select Loans in the blue banner at the top of the screen (appears when you borrow a book), or select the Books icon, or click on My account, then click Loans.

 

Downloading your eAudiobook to the OverDrive program

From the Loans page on your account, click the Download button next to the book.

The OverDrive program will open.

Click Ok on the Get Media pop-up box.

Click Ok to download the eAudiobook to OverDrive program.

You may also select the Listen Now  option to play the eAudiobook online through your browser. No downloads or programs, you only need an internet connection. Find out more about OverDrive Listen from OverDrive Help

 

Transferring your eAudiobook to an MP3 player

From the OverDrive program, click on the eAudiobook you wish to transfer.

Click on the Transfer button. This will open the Transfer Wizard feature, which will help you through the transfer process with on screen instructions.

Connect your MP3 player to your computer. Click Next in the Transfer Wizard. 

Once your media player has been automatically detected, click Next to start the transfer.

The eAudiobook files will transfer to your media player. The Transfer Wizard will let you know when all the files have been added to your device.

Click Finish in the Transfer Wizard.

Safely eject your MP3 player before unplugging it from the computer.

 

Renewing your eAudiobook

You may renew your digital book, if there are no holds on the title.

Three days before your book is due, a Request again link will become available under the cover image of the borrowed book on the Loans page of your account on the ORL eBooks website.

Click on the Request again link to open the form. Confirm your email address and click the Submit. You will get an email when the title becomes available for check-out at the end of its initial loan period, after which you can check out the title again from the Holds page in your account and re-download it.

If there are holds on the book, filling out the Request again form will add you to the wait list for the book. 

 

Returning eAudiobooks early

eAudiobooks can be returned early if you are using OverDrive program on a Windows computer.

From the OverDrive program, click on the eAudiobook you would like to return.

Click the Delete button, then click on Return/Delete to return the eAudiobook to the library collection and to remove it from your ORL eBooks account.

Exception:  Early returns are not available for eAudiobooks downloaded to Mac computers.

 


 

Need any further help?

Visit help.overdrive.com and click on Getting Started to find more detailed instructions for borrowing, listening to, and returning eAudiobooks.

Or, get in touch with the ORL...

Visit your nearest library branch.

Call the toll-free eBook Help Line: 1-855-853-2665.   

Email info@orl.bc.ca, in your email, please include:

  • any error message you’ve received
  • your ORL library card number
  • the title(s) of the book(s) you are attempting to download
  • the type of media player or eReading device you are using
  • your computer’s operating system
  • indicate you are using the ORL eBooks collection 

 

Please note that if your ORL card has expired or you have outstanding late fees of $20.00 or more, you'll be unable to borrow from this collection. Please visit your library branch to re-activate your card.