Audio books are great to listen to while in the car, working out, doing chores or just lounging around; but they are even better when they are free, right? A great resource for finding free audio book downloads as well as free eBook, video and music downloads is OverDrive.com.
This service is available for patrons of over 9,000 participating libraries worldwide and is compatible with most platforms, including PC or Mac computers, Nook eReader, Sony eReader, iPod and more.
How It Works
OverDrive is pretty similar to how you rent books from a library, except instead of renting the physical book, CD or video, you download a free copy of the title to your computer or other compatible device. This copy will available for a limited time.
When the rental period is up, the titles will expire and automatically be “returned” to the library. At that time, you can choose whether or not to delete the expired file from your computer or other device. You can have up to 6 titles checked out at a time.
To download OverDrive’s free audio books, eBooks, music and videos, you will need to have a valid library card from a participating library near you. Once you have your library card, you can visit OverDrive.com, type in your zip code and click on the link for the name of the library you have a card with.
You will be brought to another web page allowing you to browse available audio books, eBooks, music and video downloads with the option to view the most popular downloads and new arrivals.
Before you can start downloading, you will need to download and install the free OverDrive Media Console. You can find step-by-step instruction by clicking on the “Guided Tour” link or by clicking on the “Quick-Start” link towards the top of the main page.
Once the software is installed and activated, you can select the digital content you would like to download, add it to the cart and check out the title. Begin your download by clicking the “Download” button on the page displayed upon checkout.
Thanks, Money Saving Mom!
Your turn: What other free services do you take advantage of through your local library?