An update to the OverDrive Media Console app for downloading eBooks to Android and iOS devices was just released yesterday. In addition to improvements to the interface and performance, here are some highlights of this release (v3.0):
Returning users may be prompted to install the new version of the app.
The OneClickDigital eAudiobook service will be unavailable this weekend from Saturday, August 24 at 3:00 AM until approximately Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 AM while they are upgrading their system to offer eBooks. When the system comes back up, a new collection of classic titles will be available for immediate checkout. Look for a new eBook format icon alongside the familiar eAudio ones. The eBooks are available in ePub formats and can be managed with Adobe Digital Editions. These titles have unlimited access, so no holds or waiting lists!
Are you a young adult who enjoys listening to audiobooks? Or an adult who enjoys listening to young adult (YA) audiobooks? Or just someone with an interest in audiobooks? Then let me tell you about a great program happening this summer. For the third year in a row, SYNC, sponsored by AudioFile, is offering two free audiobook downloads per week from May 30 to June 5, 2013. The downloads consist of one current YA title thematically paired with a classic title. These eAudiobooks are yours to keep and listen to whenever you want to. Just visit this page every week starting Thursday, May 30, 2013 to download the two titles.
See the selections from SYNC for Summer 2013 below!
And if you can’t wait or you want to preview the offerings, you can always check out some version of each title from SJPL. See the link after each for SJPL’s offerings.
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (SJPL)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (SJPL)
There are some e-audiobooks that can be returned early:
If your audiobook does not fall into the categories above, you will not be able to return it early. For example, WMA e-audiobooks cannot be returned early using the Overdrive Console.
SJPL now boasts yet another new collection of online eBooks – the Gale Reference Virtual Library, which includes reference books (encyclopedias, history books) as well as travel books.
These reference titles are available for online viewing, for downloading as PDFs, and also downloading as eAudioBook in MP3 format. (You first have to click on a section/chapter to get all the printing, downloading, and listening options – there’s no way to print or download the entire title, unfortunately.)
The great news is that there’s no software required for downloading! Horray! Also, these titles are always available, so there are no waiting lists.
Please visit the collection from the downloads page at sjpl.org; the direct link is http://0-go.galegroup.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/ps/start.do?p=GVRL&u=sjpllib
These titles are also included in the catalog.
There are a number of sites that offer eAudioBooks for free.
FreeClassicAudioBooks.com has a number of classics titles, and the site also takes requests.
What are your favorite resources for free eAudioBooks? Please share them in the comments!
Possibly, you’ve already heard about Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese; the epic novel that follows its characters from India and England to Ethiopia to New York. I had, too, and was anxious to get my hands on it. Daunted by the long waiting list for the print version, I decided to try out the e-audiobook version. I am so glad I did. For one thing, the waiting list was a whole lot shorter, but more importantly, the audiobook reader, Sunil Malhotra, tells the story beautifully. He convincingly performs distinctive voices for a large cast of Indian, African, British, and American characters. I was taken in and totally engrossed by this skillful narration of a magnificent story. Would you like to hear a sample? Visit the e-audiodownload page for Cutting for Stone where you can play an excerpt.