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Getting Started with eAudiobooks
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You can download eAudiobooks free of charge if you're a registered borrower of the Beaufort County! All it takes is a one-time registration at your nearest library branch! After that, you can download from your home PC (and transfer the files into a portable media device) at any time.  


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Quick-start Guide for
eAudiobook Users


In order to use eAudiobooks from Recorded Books, you must have:
A free account with NetLibrary obtained through your local library.
A PC computer that runs WIndows 2000 XP for downloading, and which has Windows
Media Player 9 or 10.
eAudiobooks may be played on your PC computer or transferred to a portable device.
(see below)

Criterion for Players:

Many players are designed primarily for use with music. Functions important for downloadable eAudiobooks include:
Support of Windows Media Player/Digital Rights Management (WMP/DRM) encrypted
Adequate memory -- 256MB will hold on eight-hour book, 512MB will hold two books,
1G will hold four books, etc.
Bookmarking or "Off/On" defined as shutting player off without stopping/pausing, then restarting player to return to same place in file.
Other functions which aid full time display/forward/Reverse are other aids to navigability.
Ability to play 34kbps WMA files.

Take It on the Road:

You will need an FM transmitter to listen to your MP3 player through your car stereo. The cost is approximately $20-30.

How To Get Started:

Downloading an audiobook:

Step 1 - Create an Account:

.Ask your librarian the process for creating an account. You may have the option of opening your account from inside or outside the library.
Select a username and password for your account.
Once you have created an account, you may log in and download an eAudiobook from

Step 2 - Once Registered ...

Go to the homepage for NetLibrary/Recorded Books.
Enter your username and password.
• Click the Log In button

Step 3 - Choose an Audiobook:

Browse by means of the provided search function: Keyword/Title/ Author/Narrator.

NOTE: Depending on the gateway page being used by the library, you may choose additional browsing by means of genre groups listed on the right side of the screen.

• Use Show Details and Listen to Preview to learn more about an Audiobook.
Check out up to 10 books at one time.

Step 4 - Download an Audiobook:

• Click on Download this Audiobook.
Select a download option: CD or Radio Quality.

NOTE: You must choose CD quality for transfer to a portable player.

• A Download window will pop up asking what you want to do with the file.
Choose Save to it to Selection Properties, My Music, etc.

Step 5 - Acquire the License:
Open Windows Media Player ( from Programs or icon on your desktop).
Open Windows Media Player (from or icon on your desktop).
Click on- or use- to find your eAudiobook.

The following actions are ESSENTIAL:

.Double click on the highlighted title to acquire the license.
Enter your NetLibrary username and password and click on Log In.
The license then downloads, and you are prompted to play the audiobook.
To stop the playback, click on the Stop button on the bottom of the Windows Media Player.

Using a Portable Device:

Process to Transfer:

. Make sure you have downloaded the CD Quality file to your computer.
Make sure you have already opened the eAudiobook in Windows Media Player 9 or 10
and acquired the license prior to beginning the transfer.

Step l - Attach your portable player to your computer.
Step 2 - Double click on the file you downloaded.
Step 3 - See below.

-- If using Windows Media Player 9:

Select Copy to Device or CD from the menu on the left side of the screen.
• Use the pull-down menu at the top of the right side of your screen to list All Music.

. Choose your device from the drop-down menu on the right side of the screen. Make sure
the box next to the book you want to download is checked.
.Click on the Copy button on the top to the right of your screen

-- .If using Windows Media Player 10:

The file will show up on the right side. Right click on the file, select Add to and then select Synch List.
Select Synch from the menu at the top of the player.
The name of your plugged in device should be in the right panel of the screen.
Your audiobook should be in the Sync list on the left panel of the player. Put a check in
the checkbox.
Click on the Start Synch button on the upper left.

Do not disconnect device while copying is in process. After copy is done, click on the icon with the green arrow at the bottom right corner of your screen.


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