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I need OverDrive Media Console for Audiobooks and Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks. Are these free?

posted Oct 16, 2010, 8:56 AM by Al Carlson   [ updated Jan 6, 2011, 9:22 AM ]
Yes.  OverDrive Media Console is "middleware" that talks to the OverDrive server, your PC, and your portable devices.  It reads the audiobooks aloud, keeps track of due dates, and transfers them to your portable player.  It uses 'capabilities' from Windows Media Player and iTunes, when it needs to.  When you click on the link on our site, you'll be taken to the OverDrive main site to download it.  The first time you use it, you will be taken through the steps needed to update Windows Media Player security.
 
Adobe Digital Editions is DRM (Digital Right Management) software that OverDrive licenses from Adobe to enable you to read an eBook on your PC or on an "authorized" portable eReader.  For a full explanation of how this all works, go to our site, click on the link that loads Adobe Digital Editions, read everything on that page and follow all the links.  There is also a brief guide to this on our Cheat Sheets page.  It is called OverDrive to Nook.  The short version is that you can authorize up to six computers and eReaders under one identity.  You'll create that identity with an email address and password of your choice on the Adobe site.
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