Husson University patrons have access to hundreds of audiobooks available to download to a personal computer. Theses titles are available free through the Maine Infonet Download Library.
Download the free digital media software – Overdrive Media Console. This application allows you to download and keep track of audiobooks. You may download the software and see system requirements at http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/
Searching for Audiobooks
Type an author, title or ISBN into the ‘Quick Search’ box and click the ‘Go’ button. If you don’t have a particular title in mind, you may scroll down and browse titles by a variety of collection and genre types, such as historical fiction, mystery, biography, teen, new arrivals and more. The results of your search may be sorted by title, creator, release date, most popular and date added to database links located at the top of the screen.
Each entry tells what format the audio book comes in and to what type of device it can be downloaded to and listened on.
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Click on the title link for more information about the book. The full record of a book will include a summary of the book, the edition (abridged or unabridged), the number of parts and duration, the publisher and digital rights information.
Once you find a title you want, click the “Add to Cart” link. Titles added to your cart will remain for 45 minutes while you continue to search the collection.
Checking Out and Downloading Audiobooks
Click on the “My Cart” link at the top of the screen, and then choose “Proceed to Checkout”.
Review the selections and choose either '7 Day Checkout' or '14 Day Checkout' for each item. Click the “Confirm Checkout” button. Finally, click the “Download This Item” button. The OverDrive Media Console dialog box will open. Titles are divided into parts. All parts may be downloaded together, or individual parts may be downloaded separately throughout the loan period.
Once downloaded to a computer, titles can be transferred to the appropriate portable device within the loan period. To find out which portable devices will work, go to OverDrive’s Device Resource Center. This site list both devices that are compatible and those that are incompatible with Maine Infonet Download Library. There are also links to each manufacturer’s product pages. If indicated, some titles may be burned to CDs. Use the Transfer or Burn to CD wizards built-into the OverDrive software to accomplish either of these processes.
Three titles may be checked out at a time. At the end of the loan period, the books will ‘return’ to the Download Library to be available for the next borrower and the downloaded files will not be playable on your computer or portable device. The files will remain playable on any CDs that may have been burned.
If a title is not currently available, you have the option to place a “Hold” on it. This puts you in the queue to be able to download the title. You will be asked for an email address during the Check Out process. This information is required so that you can be notified when the title becomes available along with instructions on how to check the title out. The title will be held for you for three days starting when the notice of availability is emailed. A ‘hold’ may be place on up to three titles at a time.
There is a “Digital Book Tour” available at the Maine Infonet Download Library site to help patrons with everything from browsing the collection to downloading selections to burning audiobooks to CDs. There is also a Digital Help – FAQ that can be consulted. Finally, don’t hesitate to consult a librarian.