Audiobooks

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Premium Websites (databases):

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Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium
OverDrive offers both popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks.
With your FCPL library card, check out up to 6 OverDrive ebooks for up to 3 weeks at a time. You can place holds on up to 6 materials already checked out.

OneClickdigital - downloadable audiobooks for adults, young adults, and children

  • All titles are iPod compatible
  • Most titles are always available - no waiting!
  • Additional great titles are provided as "single use" (one person at a time) and may require you to place a hold. You may place a hold on up to 4 titles. You will receive an email when your hold becomes available.
  • Download and use the OneClickdigital Media Manager as an easy method to download audiobooks and transfer them to portable devices.
  • Mac Users: A Mac-compatible OneClickdigital Media Manager is available. Mac users (with OS versions Snow Leopard, Lion, and higher) can install this Media Manager giving access to the entire audiobook collection.
  • Check out up to 10 titles for a period of 14 days. You can renew once for a period of 7 days.
  • A OneClickDigital app is available on the itunes store for iOS.

Help & Support

Live support is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM EST at a toll-free support line (877-77-AUDIO)

Tutorials and e-mail support are available through the OneClickdigital Help Page

We’ve highlighted a few issues on the Help for Recorded Books audiobooks through OneClick Digital page.

Playaway Audiobooks

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Playaway is the simplest way to listen to audio on the go. Each Playaway comes with the digital content already pre-loaded on it. Simply plug in one AAA battery and earbuds (not included) and enjoy.

No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Just Play.

  • Each Playaway holds an entire audiobook, regardless of length
  • Easily navigate back and forth through chapters
  • Automatic bookmarking remembers where you stopped listening
  • Universal headphone jack: listen with your headphones, in your car, or with speakers.

To find Playaways in our catalog, select "Power Search" and change the "Type field" to "Playaway Audio Book"

Recommended Free Websites:

Gutenberg Audio Books Project
Large collection of public domain audiobooks available for download in a variety of sound file formats

Librivox
Provides several thousand free volunteer-read public domain ebooks for download

Podiobooks
Free serialized audiobooks you can listen to on the website or subscribe to as a podcasts

Selected Shorts podcast
Hear actors read short stories by prominent authors in this free weekly podcast from Public Radio International

Shelfsound - a daily round-up of book podcasts
Online bookseller AbeBooks.com pulls together a large sampling of book-themed podcast segments you can listen to on their website

See also (related content on FCPL.org):

eBooks

eBooks for Kids

Reading Resources