November 2013

Downloadables · Support Resources for Audiobooks

The Library's collection includes audiobooks from three vendors: Overdrive, OneClick Digital, and Hoopla Audiobooks. We've put together a comparison guide that identifies some popular tablets that are compatible with our downloadable services. Need help getting started? Check out our audiobook tip sheet and the following resources:

Downloadable Audiobooks from Overdrive

New additions to the Downloadables Collection!

Hoopla Digital Audiobooks

OneClick Digital Audiobooks from Recorded Books

Searching for Audiobooks in Our Catalog

Ebook Issues Facing Libraries

Audiobook Services Comparison Chart

Details Overdrive Audiobooks OneClick Audiobooks Hoopla Digital Audiobooks
What kind of materials are in the collection? Abridged and unabridged MP3 audiobooks Unabridged MP3 and DRM-free WMA audiobooks Streaming abridged and unabridged audiobooks
Is special software needed to download the audiobooks to my computer? Yes, the Overdrive desktop app Yes, OneClick Digital Media Manager Widevine Media Optimizer, a free add-on for your web browser, is needed to listen to Hoopla audiobooks on your computer
Are apps available for my tablet or smartphone? Yes, the Overdrive app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook Color/Tablet, and Windows 8 devices Yes, the OneClick Digital app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices Yes, the Hoopla Digital app for iOS and Android devices
What devices are compatible with the collections? The list of supported devices is available here. The list of supported devices is available here The list of supported devices is available in the "Technical Questions" section of Hoopla Help
Will I need my library card?* Yes and your PIN. Your card must be in good standing. Yes and your PIN. You will also need to create a free account with OneClick. First-time users will be prompted to create an account after entering your library card number or username, and PIN
How many titles can be checked out at a time? 20 20 12
How long is the loan period? 7, 14, or 21 days Any loan period up to 21 days 21 days
Can I place holds on titles? Yes, if a title is checked out, you must put your name on a waiting list for it Yes, but most audiobooks are always available so you don't have to put holds on them Hoopla Digital titles are always available so you don't have to put holds on them
Can titles be renewed? Titles can renewed once during the original checkout period if no one else is on the waiting list Titles can be renewed once during the original checkout period Titles cannot be renewed
Can I accumulate overdue fines? Titles are returned automatically so no overdues Titles are returned automatically so no overdues Titles are returned automatically so no overdues
Can I burn the audiobooks to CD? Yes, many can be burned to CD No No

*The Library now offers "downloadable only" library cards.