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Digital Downloads - Audiobooks

April 10, 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 21 days for listening to on a computer or portable audio device. Click the button below to access our Digital Downloads:

Digital Downloads

Note: OverDrive has recently introduced some major changes to their service. Here is a useful introduction to the new features of OverDrive.

Software Requirements:
  • Downloadable Audiobooks require the OverDrive Media Console. 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 Media Console 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 Media Console app in the Android Market, Windows Phone Marketplace, or the App Store. (Note: the Blackberry app will no longer be available as of April 10, 2014, but existing installations of the app 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

Getting Started with Audiobooks

Here is a brief overview of how to get started with downloadable audiobooks on a computer (here is a printable version of these instructions):

1. Download and install the OverDrive Media Console software. Here are specific instructions for Windows and for Mac.

2. (Windows only) The first time you open the OverDrive Media Console or download an audiobook, you may be prompted to complete a one-time security upgrade for Windows Media Player. If the automatic upgrade does not work, you can perform the upgrade at . This step must be done using Internet Explorer.

3. Find audio titles to check out in our Digital Downloads site. Note that some books are not available in formats suitable for all computers; please see this information about the differences in audiobook formats.

4. Once you've checked out a title, click "Download." Audio files should open automatically in the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) on your computer. You can also use OMC to transfer them to a mobile device.

How-to Videos:

Most of OverDrive's downloadble audiobooks are in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format and require the OverDrive Media Console software. Here is an overview of downloading and using the software.

How to Download the OverDrive Media Console software:

How to Check Out and Download an Audiobook:

Downloadable Audiobooks and iPods

WMA-format audiobooks from OverDrive are now compatible with Windows-formatted iPods, but some 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.

Macintosh-compatible MP3 audiobooks are also available, but some titles are not available in this format. Look for an "MP3" symbol to identify these audiobooks.

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.

Check on the Current Top 10 Downloadable Audiobooks Reserves.

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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