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Digital Downloads - Audiobooks

December 24, 2014 by Webmaster

Lincoln City Libraries' Digital Downloads from OverDrive provides a collection of downloadable audiobooks that can be checked out for a period of 7, 14, or 21 days for listening to on a computer or portable audio device. You can have up to 10 downloadable titles (eBooks and audiobooks) checked out at one time. Click the button below to access our Digital Downloads:

Digital Downloads

Software Requirements:
  • Downloadable Audiobooks require the OverDrive app. When you check out an audiobook from OverDrive, there is a link to allow you to download this software. Versions are available for Windows, Macintosh, Windows Mobile, Android, and iPhone. (The BlackBerry version is no longer available, but existing installations of it should continue to work.) The Windows version also requires Windows Media Player 9 or newer, with a security update.
    • Important information for Windows 8 users: the OverDrive app for Windows 8 does not support WMA audiobooks, or transferring audiobooks to an MP3 player. Windows 8 users can install the classic desktop version of the software for these functions. Additional information for Windows 8 users is available here.
  • Android, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch apps are available for Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks. Please search for the free OverDrive app in the Android Market, Windows Phone Marketplace, or the App Store. (The BlackBerry version is no longer available, but existing installations of it should continue to work.) These instructions for iOS (Apple) Mobile Devices and for Android Mobile Devices cover both e-Books and audiobooks. (Note: iOS users who update to iOS 7 after downloading an audiobook may need to re-download that audiobook.)
  • Additional details about OverDrive's software requirements can be found on their Getting Started page.
Downloadable Audiobooks and iPods

Most of our audiobooks are now available in MP3 format and are Macintosh- and iPod-compatible, but a few titles are not yet available in this format. Look for an "MP3" symbol to be sure the title you want is available in this format.

WMA-format audiobooks from OverDrive are now compatible with Windows-formatted iPods, but are not compatible with Macintosh computers.

If you have a Windows-formatted iPod, please look over this information first. Also, please be aware that transferring these audiobooks to an iPod will probably be slow because of the conversion process required by the iPod.

If you have an iPod Touch, please see these instructions for iOS (Apple) Mobile Devices. For information about other portable devices, please check this information about compatibility with OverDrive.

What to do if your e-mail address has changed

If you have e-reserves and have changed your e-mail address, you will need to update the e-mail address associated with each of your e-reserves to be sure you receive notification when the books become available. Please follow these steps:

1. Log into your digital downloads account.
2. Click on "Account".
3. Click on "Holds".
4. Click '"Edit" next to each title and update the email address.

Still having trouble?

We understand that Digital Downloads can sometimes be tricky. If you run into problems, there are ways to get help. You can check OverDrive's Troubleshooting guide. You can also submit a request for help and we will try to resolve your problem as quickly as possible.

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"A Death in Belmont" by Sebastian Junger

May 14, 2012 by PatLeach
A couple of weeks ago I drove by myself to and from Denver for a short library conference. Along with Diet Coke, pretzel M&Ms, and Twizzlers, I kept myself company with an audiobook on CD, Sebastian Junger's "A Death in Belmont" originally published in 2006.

Every few years I crave a true-crime book, and this one about the Boston Strangler came right out of that Dewey number, 364.152.

Junger is known as a nonfiction writer. He picked up this topic because his own family had a connection to the Boston Strangler. When Junger was a little boy in 1963, his parents had a studio built in their backyard in suburban Belmont. One of the subcontractors on that job was Albert DiSalvo, who was convicted of the murders attributed to the Boston Strangler. The day before the studio was finished, a photograph was taken of the Jungers and the men who worked on the job. Junger reflects on that snapshot showing his mother holding him on her lap, with Albert DiSalvo standing behind them.

Junger clearly places himself in this story, but he does a great job of backing up to describe the context, what Boston was like and how the murders impacted people.

He explores a murder done in Belmont at the time that Albert DiSalvo was working on the Junger project just a mile away. A black man named Roy Smith was convicted of that murder, proclaiming his innocence until his death behind bars. In many ways this murder was a typical Boston Strangler job, in others, not. But both Smith and DiSalvo die before full light can be shed on Smith's case. Junger leads one to believe that Smith was very probably wrongly convicted.

Junger manages to tell this story, graphic details and all, without seeming to exploit the victims or the situation. He introduces a wide variety of people at a perfect pace, setting up a sort of chess board of characters. Kevin Conway, the narrator, maintains an even tone in his reading that reflected Junger well.

I loved "A Death in Belmont" for a traveling companion. I've noticed that the books that I most enjoy in audio are those with a strong narrative thread. Junger maintains this well. I was sorry when the book came to an end just before I reached Ogallala. I felt like I'd learned some interesting history, had reflected on the role of race in the early 1960s, and been told a fascinating tale by a fine storyteller.

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Digital Downloads: Downloadable Media

November 17, 2011 by Webmaster

The Lincoln City Libraries Digital Downloads from OverDrive provides a collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for reading and listening to on a computer or portable e-reader or audio device. Click the button below to access our Digital Downloads:

Digital Downloads

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