Recently in this column I discussed a new service the library is offering to provide access to magazines digitally — Zinio. When making Zinio available, the library also had the opportunity to make available another source of downloadable audiobooks — One Click Digital. The two services came together through distributor Recorded Books. Like Zinio, Recorded Books can be accessed from the library’s home page at www.unionlibrary.org.
After accessing the site, users will need to create an account by clicking the “Create New Account” button on the top right of the screen. To create an account, simply provide an email address and some other basic information such as a user name and password.
After creating an account, simply browse the collection and select a title of interest. By selecting a title, users will be taken to a screen devote solely to the chosen title, with a brief catalog record of the title as well as options to listen to a sample or to checkout the item.
After checking out the item, the item will appear in users accounts, accessible through the tab “My Collections.” It is from this screen that the title can be fully downloaded (as a .zip file) or returned if you have changed your mind.
After downloading, the .zip file will appear as mp3 files available for listening on your computer through Windows Media Player or other players on your computer. One Click Digital also features free apps for both Apple and Android devices, making downloading and listening even easier and more convenient.
Currently, the collection of titles is small as the One Click Digital platform is made available as part of the library’s Zinio subscription. Most titles are audio versions of older books which have entered the public domain and may be good for catching up on classic titles you have missed, completing an assignment for school, or revisiting an old favorite. Also, while visiting the library online, be sure to check out Zinio for magazines and the Overdrive Digital Library for more e-books and e-audiobooks.