Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

Frequently Asked Questions About Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks
Where does Weatherford Public Library get its downloadable materials?
The Friends of the Weatherford Public Library provided funds for the library to join the North Texas Regional Library System’s OverDrive consortium, also known as North Texas Libraries on the Go. OverDrive is the company that produces materials in digital format and the software needed to download and use digital formats on your computer and portable devices.

What’s the difference between a downloadable eAudiobook and a downloadable eBook?
Downloadable eAudiobooks are recordings of the book being read, usually by an actor or other professional performer. Downloadable eBooks are reproductions of the printed books that are designed to be read on electronic readers, such as the Sony Reader, the Amazon Kindle, and the Barnes and Noble NOOK.

What equipment and software do I need to access downloadable eAudiobooks?
You will need an Internet-connected computer with the OverDrive Media Console software installed. There are versions available for Windows® 98 SE (or newer) and Mac OS® v10.4.9 (or newer). This software is free for download at http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/. You will also need Windows Media Player 9 Series (or newer) for computers running Windows and iTunes v7.6.2.9 (or newer) for Macs. Transferring eAudiobooks to Apple devices also requires iTunes v9.1 (or newer). Transferring to a Zune® requires the Zune application and Zune firmware v3.0 or newer.

You will download eAudiobooks from the North Texas Libraries on the Go website. You may then use OverDrive Media Console to transfer the eAudiobook to a portable audio player.

Will I be able to use the computers at the library to download eAudiobooks and eBooks?
Not at this time.

What portable devices work with OverDrive downloadable audiobooks?
Many different devices are supported. At www.ntexlibrariesonthego.org, click the ‘Compatible Devices’ link at the left side of the page, in the ‘Getting Started’ section to see if a particular device has been verified to work with OverDrive.

How many downloadable eAudiobooks are available?
As of the date of this publication, 3,452 OverDrive eAudiobooks are available.

What equipment and software do I need to access downloadable eBooks?
You will need an Internet-connected computer with the OverDrive Media Console software installed. There are versions available for Windows® 98 SE (or newer) and Mac OS® v10.4.9 (or newer). This software is free for download at http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/.

For Adobe EPUB files, you will need Adobe® Digital Editions, available for free download at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.

What portable devices work with OverDrive downloadable eBooks?
Many different devices are supported. At www.ntexlibrariesonthego.org, click the ‘Compatible eBook Devices’ link at the left side of the page, in the ‘Getting Started’ section to see if a particular device has been verified to work with OverDrive. The Apple iPad will work with OverDrive’s Adobe EPUB format eBooks, but not OverDrive’s Adobe PDF. OverDrive now has eBooks available in Amazon Kindle format.

How many downloadable eBooks are available?
As of the date of this publication, 2,825 eBooks are available.

Can I download directly to my portable player?
If you have one of the following operating systems on your Internet-enabled portable player, you can download eAudiobooks directly to your device after downloading the OverDrive Media Console application (available at http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/): Android v1.5 (or newer), BlackBerry v4.5 (or newer), iPhone® (and iPad) iOS v4.0 (or newer), Windows Mobile® 5 and 6.

What do I need to sign up for an OverDrive account?
You will need a 13-digit Weatherford Public Library account number (the number on the back of your card must begin with ‘21014’). Please stop by the library’s checkout desk for a free updated card if your card number does not have 13 digits.

How many items will I be able to check out at one time?
You will be able to check out five downloadable items at one time.

Will I be able to request items if they are checked out?
Yes. You will be able to place hold requests for up to five downloadable items at a time. If an item displays the OverDrive Advantage symbol (a lower-case letter "a" with an yellow checkmark) then that means that the Weatherford Public Library owns copies that are exclusively for the use of its cardholders, although the waiting list count shows the total number of requests for the entire consortium.

How long will I have to listen to/view my downloads?
For most items, you will be able to choose a checkout period of seven days or fourteen days. Only Adobe® EPUB eBooks may be returned early. Other items will count toward your limit of five items until their checkout period expires. You may not renew downloaded items. However, if there are no holds for an item you may check it out again once your initial checkout period expires.

Why can’t I turn items in early?
The checkout period policy is set by licensing agreements with publishers.

Are there late fees on downloadable materials?
No. OverDrive digital downloads are protected with digital rights management (DRM) software and will become locked and unusable after your checkout period expires. You will not have to do anything to “turn in” your downloaded materials, but you will have to delete old files from your computer and portable devices.

Does Weatherford Public Library have videos available for download?
No, although OverDrive does offer that service for an additional fee and WPL could possibly add this service in the future.