Quick Start: Audiobooks

Audiobook directions for iPod & MP3 players

Audiobook directions for Mobile Devices – Smartphones and Tablets

 Getting Started: Audiobook Tutorials


Welcome to your Library’s Virtual Branch

Introduction to Download Media

What are Digital Rights?

How to Install Free Software

Portable Devices

Browse, Checkout, and Download

How to Place a Hold

OverDrive Media Console

How to Transfer to a Portable Device


General Hoopla Overview

Required Audiobook Software

Choose the device you will be reading on to see what software you need.



PC – OverDrive Media Console and Windows Media Player or iTunes
Mac – OverDrive Media Console and iTunes

MP3 Players – None.

Books are downloaded on to computers and then transferred to MP3 players via the OverDrive Media Console and Windows Media Player or iTunes.

Tablets (iPad and Kindle Fire) – OverDrive Media Console App.  Also available in App Store.

Smartphones – OverDrive Media Console App. Also available in App Store.

Device Reviews

Consumer Reports

Just click the link above and search “MP3 players.”

Checkout Rules

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Loan Period Limit Always Available Renewals EPL cardholders only
Hoopla 3 weeks 15 items
per month
Yes No Yes
MyMediaMall 2 weeks 5 items
at a time
No Yes,
if no waiting list

Other Free Audiobooks Sites

AudioOwl Thousands of free downloadable audio books that can be downloaded to portable audio players

Project Gutenberg Offers more than 33,000 free books that work with all portable audio players. Classic titles and public domain works will be found through this site. Requires no registration Questions? Comments? Contact us at 630-279-8696 or reference@elmlib.org