Introducing Overdrive Downloadable Audiobooks

Digital versions of audiobooks now are available through the OverDrive Maine InfoNet Download Library.  Bowdoin faculty, staff and students can search for, check out and download digital audiobooks from the internet and listen to them directly from their computer or transfer the digital files to a portable device for listening on the go.

OverDrive includes a mix of adult, children, and young adult titles in both fiction and nonfiction.  You may explore the growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and enter your five-digit Bowdoin ID number to download up to two titles at a time for a seven-day “checkout.”  If an item is already checked out, you may place a hold on it.

OverDrive Audiobooks are available in both MP3 and WMA formats:

  • MP3 audiobooks are compatible with many devices including most cell phones, PDA’s and MP3 players such as iPods.
  • WMA audiobooks work only with PC-based machines and Window Media compatible portable players and devices.  Some titles can be burned onto CD’s.
  • A ‘Plays on’ icon displays with each title for compatibility assistance.

As a first step to using OverDrive, you will need to install the free OverDrive Media Console software, available on the web site.  To play WMA format audiobooks, which are DRM-protected files, OverDrive uses Windows Media® Player 9 Series (or newer). The first time that Windows Media Player attempts to open a DRM-protected file, it will alert you that a Security Update must be performed before the file may be opened. The update takes just a few moments, and must be performed before Microsoft® Windows Media Player will allow any of these files to be played.  OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks do not require the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

The OverDrive Download Library is provided to participating Maine libraries through the statewide Maine InfoNet service.  Maine residents who are not affiliated with Bowdoin can access the service using the barcode number from their public library card.

For technical assistance with OverDrive at Bowdoin, please contact Mike McDermott: mmcderm2@bowdoin.edu

E-Book Readers Available in the Library

The Library has added four Kindles and one Sony e-book reader to its collection. E-book reader technology is becoming more sophisticated and more content is now available. We thought you would like an opportunity to give these readers a try.

Bowdoin community members are welcome to check out readers from the H-L circulation desk. Three of the Kindles and the Sony reader may be checked out for two weeks and one Kindle for four days. We have loaded over fifty titles on each reader for your enjoyment and you may download mobipocket formatted e-books on the Kindles (but please delete them before returning your reader).

Here are lists of the titles on both styles of reader:

We would love to hear your opinions! Please email comments or questions to Mike McDermott at mmcderm2@bowdoin.edu