Download free audiobooks to your iPod


Public libraries using OverDrive as their download service for audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video just expanded their offerings – and made quite a few patrons much happier. In the past, iPod users were frustrated with the Windows-MP3 device-only compatibility with OverDrive’s file format. But the release of OverDrive’s no-cost Media Console version 3.2 for Windows or version 1.0 for Mac solves many of those issues. If you are wondering if your library offers OverDrive Media, use the OverDrive Digital Media Locator at I just downloaded the Audie award-winning autobiography The Measure of a Man super-quick and easy to my iPod through my public library’s website. Check out the offerings from your library – and download or take advantage of the “hold” feature to reserve titles for summertime listening!

Here’s more from the OverDrive website:

With OverDrive Media Console v3.2, the vast majority of OverDrive WMA Audiobooks can be transferred to the iPod® and the iPhone™! To ensure quality sound while minimizing file transfer times, Transfer Wizard will prompt you to adjust your iTunes® settings (if desired) before you begin a transfer. If you do adjust your settings, once the transfer is complete, Transfer Wizard displays a recap of your original settings as well as detailed steps on restoring iTunes to its original settings. Additionally, if you’re a fan of iTunes and enjoy OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, you can now specify iTunes and/or your portable device as a destination in the course of completing a file transfer. Finally, OMC v3.2 offers enhanced support for the iPod shuffle® — with iTunes v8.1 (or newer) installed, you can now use Transfer Wizard to send OverDrive content to most iPod shuffles.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

7 Comments on "Download free audiobooks to your iPod"

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  1.' Mary Ann says:

    Great news for iPod users. One question – when you take a break from listening to the audiobook, does the iPod save your place? Or do you have to remember where you left off?

    thanks for sharing your experiences with this!

  2.' Kaite Stover says:

    Mary Ann,
    I just had a patron rave to me about this last night. I’m checking it out right now.

  3. Mary says:

    Your iPod should remember where you stopped. To be sure, check out the tips in this post:

  4.' bdub says:

    Your Ipod Will always save your place if you place it on hold or when you turn it off.

    If however, you are listening to a book on your Ipod and then want to use it to listen to music the ipod often Will Not remember your position when you return to the audiobook.

    The Ipod does this as it does not differentiate between the spoken word and music files. In order to combat this annoying feature you can simply write the position you were up to on the bottom of your palm or;

    select the relevant files of the book you are listening to in Itunes, and drag them to the audiobooks tab on the left of the screen. you will then change their setting to that of an audiobook. once this has been done your ipod will remember your audiobooks position whilst you play other music and even other audiobooks.

    in doing this be aware that you will have to access your audiobooks from the relevant folder on your ipod. the books will not be listed with the music files.

  5. Great place you have here. I’ll be coming back often 🙂

  6.' meeeee says:

    good news for ipod users

  7.' Sarah says:

    bdub’s comment made me laugh – writing the page number on the bottom of your palm. Seems a bit ridiculous to me – what happened to the good old fashioned dog ear or book mark? Surely the iPod would be able to differentiate between spoken word and music without all of that tabbing?

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