How to use the OverDrive Media Console to download Free Audiobooks

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in News | 38 comments

How to use the OverDrive Media Console to download free Audiobooks to your phone.


Overdrive Media Console

The overdrive media console instructions will work for downloading audiobooks from your public library, as well as, the free downloads from Sync  offered this summer.

First you have to decide which device you will be using to listen to your audiobooks. I prefer using my phone, this way I can take my book everywhere I go.

Once you have made that decision you need to visit to find the software, or application for your phone model. Overdrive has everything you’ll need; from written instructions to helpful videos on how to use their apps and  their computer software. You can also look in the application store for the overdrive app and download to your phone.

Once you download the application to your phone, you will get this screen, this for android phone:

Adroid Overdrive app

Now you can sign up for a new account, or use your Facebook account, I use facebook. It’s easier to remember, and I don’t have to have a ton of passwords to remember. Next you will get this screen, click on + add library

Android Overdrive app.

Then it will take you to the next screen where you will do a search by either  zip code, or your city’s  library.

android Overdrive app

Once you have found your library, you have to sign in with your library credentials, and that’s it! Now you’re ready to choose a book and start enjoying library audiobooks on your phone.

android overdrive app

The inventory of books and audiobooks will depend on your library. I hope you are one of the lucky ones with a library with a big inventory.



The instructions for iPhone and Ipad are pretty much the same, as you can see in the picture bellow.

Ipad Overdrive Media Console

I used Overdrive to download the 2 free audiobooks I wanted to listen to from Sync in 2012.

The first free audiobook from Sync  is scheduled for May 15, 2014. At that time they will post a link on their website. Visit the website on your phone and click on the link to the audiobook, if the app is already installed on your phone it should open automatically, then you just save the book, and you’re ready to listen.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can download the Overdrive computer software and follow the same directions.

I hope you find these instructions helpful. If you have any questions just leave them in the comment section, I’ll be more than happy to get back to you.

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Loupe Duffy
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    • Isn’t great? I just wish my library had a bigger inventory.
      They have an Army base’s library close by where they have a ton of audiobooks including fairly new releases, but joining the Army seems a little much of a trade off even for audiobooks…LOL
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  1. I’m so happy that I stalk you! I’d be lost in a sea of audiobook questions if it wasn’t for your help. Thanks for yet another super helpful post. 🙂
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  2. Thank you!!! I’ve been meaning to do this but didn’t know how. You’re awesome!

  3. I love Overdrive. I just wish that my library had more downloadable audiobooks. They have a large selection of CDs, but few downloads. The few times I have been able to use it, I’ve enjoyed it. Great post.

      • Yeah, technically, Columbus is the fifteenth largest city in the country and they don’t have a good download selection. Go figure.

  4. I just listened to the 4th book in the Iron Druid series on audio and hope to listen to more over the summer. My mind starts wondering and I end up ‘rewinding’ a lot, but I still enjoy it.
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  5. Great post! I keep meaning to go back and search my library before using a credit, but I never find what I’m looking for. I would think the three libraries in my city would have a better selection. It could be that my taste in books isn’t the same as my libraries lol!
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  6. Great tutorial! I love Overdrive so much but remember being pretty lost when I first downloaded it, especially on Android. Such an awesome service though, it’s really convenient to have a book like that pretty much instantly.
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  7. Hello, its nice article concerning media print, we all be aware of media is a great source of information.
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