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hoopla Digital (link is external)
hoopla (link is external) offers thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, audiobooks, and eBooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers. Instantly stream or temporarily download to computers and mobile devices via the free to download Hoopla app.  The borrowing period for a movie or television episode is 3 days, a music album is 7 days, and an audiobook or eBook is 21 days.   Up to 8 titles every month for free with your Frederick County Public Libraries’ Card!   Have questions? Check out the hoopla help/FAQ (link is external).

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.

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

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

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 pulls together a large sampling of book-themed podcast segments you can listen to on their website

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eBooks for Kids

Reading Resources