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Before you begin using OverDrive, we recommend that you download the OverDrive Media Console (OMC). You will need the OMC to download files to your computer and to transfer files to your portable devices.

OverDrive video tutorial on downloading files to your computer

OverDrive has an excellent, self-guided video tutorial system available.

You may access the main video tutorial page ...

... or go to the video specifically for Browsing, Checking out, and Downloading materials.


Written steps for downloading files to your computer

After installing OverDrive Media Console and checking out a title, download the title as follows…

On Windows…

  1. Click the title's 'Download' button.
    You may be prompted to open or save the file. If you choose to save the file, navigate to the saved file and double-click it. Otherwise, choose to open the file.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and the 'Get Media' dialog box is displayed.
  2. In the OverDrive Media Console 'Get Media' dialog box, leave the default file path or specify a download location. Click the 'OK' button.
    The 'Download' dialog box is displayed.
  3. In the 'Download' dialog box, choose which Part(s) to download by placing a checkmark next to the desired Part(s), then click the 'OK' button.
    The 'Download' dialog box closes, and the file download begins. Download progress is displayed for each Part in the OverDrive Media Console Status Bar (when enabled, the status bar is displayed across the bottom of the OverDrive Media Console window).
  4. When the download is complete, click the 'Play' button to play the title.

On Windows Mobile…

  1. Click the title's 'Download' button.
    The 'Download' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Check the 'Open file after download' checkbox in the 'Download' dialog box.
  3. Click 'Yes' to download and open the ODM file for the title. The ODM file is a small file that opens OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile and begins the download process.
    OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile opens and prompts you to specify a download location.
  4. Click 'OK' to accept the default file location, or click 'Browse…' to specify a file location.
  5. Select the Part(s) you want to download. By default, all Parts are checked.
  6. Click 'OK' to start downloading the Part(s) you have selected.
    The 'Download' dialog box closes, and the file download begins. Download progress for each Part is displayed at the bottom of the screen. When the first Part has finished downloading, click the 'Play' button to play the title.

Downloading OverDrive Audiobooks using Firefox on Windows

After you have installed OverDrive Media Console, download the title as follows…

  1. After the title has been checked out, click on the 'Download' button
  2. If prompted, choose option 'Open with', and browse to 'OverDrive Media Console'. You can optionally adjust your settings so that you do not have to repeat this step going forward, check the box next to 'Do this automatically for files like this from now on'.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and prompts you to specify a download location for the file.
  3. In the OverDrive Media Console 'Get Media' dialog box, leave the default file path or specify a download location. Click the 'OK' button.
    The 'Download' dialog box is displayed.
  4. In the 'Download' dialog box, choose which Part(s) you would like to download by placing a checkmark next to the desired Part(s), then click the 'OK' button.
    The 'Download' dialog box closes, and the file download begins. Download progress is displayed for each Part in the OverDrive Media Console Status Bar (when enabled, the status bar is displayed across the bottom of the OverDrive Media Console window).
    When the download is complete, click the 'Play' button to play the title.

Note that the initial download is a small file; you download the actual audiobook file(s) from within OverDrive Media Console.

If you have already downloaded a file with Firefox and are unable to open it, complete the following steps…

If you have Firefox 3.0 (or newer)…

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Go to Tools > Options.
    The 'Options' dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select 'Applications'.
    The 'Applications' options are displayed.
  4. Search for the 'ODM' file extension.
    The 'ODM file' content type is displayed.
  5. Click the 'Action' column drop down for the 'ODM file' entry and select 'Use Other…'
    The 'Select Helper Application' dialog box is displayed.
  6. In the 'Select Helper Application' dialog box, click the 'Browse' button and navigate to the location at which OverDrive Media Console is installed (by default the application is installed to C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console) and select 'MediaConsole.exe'.
  7. Click 'Open' in the 'Select Helper Application' dialog box.
    The 'Select Helper Application' dialog box closes. The 'Options' dialog box is displayed. The 'Action' column for the 'ODM file' entry displays 'Use OverDrive Media Console'.
  8. Click 'OK' to exit the 'Options' dialog box.
  9. Be sure you are connected to the Internet, and browse to the ODM file you were unable to open. Double-click the file.
    OverDrive Media Console launches and prompts you to download the title.

If you have Firefox 2.0…

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Go to Tools > Options.
    The 'Options' dialog box is displayed.
  3. Select 'Content'.
    The 'Content' options are displayed.
  4. Under the 'File Types' heading, click the 'Manage…' button.
    The 'Download Actions' dialog box is displayed.
  5. Select the 'ODM' file extension and click the 'Change Action' button.
    The 'Change Action' dialog box is displayed.
  6. Select option 'Open them with this application'.
    The 'Select Helper Application' dialog box is displayed.
  7. In the 'Select Helper Application' dialog box, navigate to the location at which OverDrive Media Console is installed (by default the application is installed to C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console) and select 'MediaConsole.exe'.
  8. Click 'Open' in the 'Select Helper Application' dialog box.
    The 'Select Helper Application' dialog box closes.
  9. Click 'OK' in the 'Change Action' dialog box.
  10. Click 'Close' in the 'Download Actions' dialog box.
  11. Click 'OK' to exit the 'Options' dialog box.
  12. Be sure you are connected to the Internet and browse to the ODM file you were unable to open. Double-click the file.
    OverDrive Media Console launches and prompts you to download the title.

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