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What are WMA and MP3 audiobooks?

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An audiobook is a recorded book that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or mobile device using OverDrive's app.

WMA and MP3 audiobooks sound the same, but differ in three important ways:

  • Compatibility: Compatibility refers to how you can play the audiobook. MP3 audiobooks are compatible with far more devices, and also play on Mac. WMA titles can only be downloaded to Windows computers.
  • Returns: If you finish with an MP3 audiobook early, you can return it before the library lending period expires. Due to licensing agreements, WMA titles cannot be returned prior to expiration.
    Note: Currently, OverDrive's desktop app for Mac does not support audiobook returns.
  • File size: MP3 files are twice as large as WMA files (approximately 31 MB per hour for MP3s and 16 MB per hour for WMAs). This means WMA audiobooks download and transfer more quickly.

MP3 audiobooks

  1. Download to:
    • Windows computers
    • Mac computers
    • Android devices
    • iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices
    • Windows Phone devices
  2. Transfer to:
    • Apple devices from a Windows or Mac computer
    • Most cell phones and PDAs
    • MP3 players
    • Some eBook readers
  3. Burn to CD

WMA audiobooks

  1. Download to:
    • Windows computers
  2. Transfer from a Windows computer to:
    • Apple devices (with publisher permission)
    • Portable devices that support DRM-protected WMA files
  3. Burn to CD (with publisher permission)
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 11:20AM EDT

What are WMA and MP3 audiobooks?

print it

An audiobook is a recorded book that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or mobile device using OverDrive's app.

WMA and MP3 audiobooks sound the same, but differ in three important ways:

  • Compatibility: Compatibility refers to how you can play the audiobook. MP3 audiobooks are compatible with far more devices, and also play on Mac. WMA titles can only be downloaded to Windows computers.
  • Returns: If you finish with an MP3 audiobook early, you can return it before the library lending period expires. Due to licensing agreements, WMA titles cannot be returned prior to expiration.
    Note: Currently, OverDrive's desktop app for Mac does not support audiobook returns.
  • File size: MP3 files are twice as large as WMA files (approximately 31 MB per hour for MP3s and 16 MB per hour for WMAs). This means WMA audiobooks download and transfer more quickly.

MP3 audiobooks

  1. Download to:
    • Windows computers
    • Mac computers
    • Android devices
    • iPhone/iPad/iPod touch devices
    • Windows Phone devices
  2. Transfer to:
    • Apple devices from a Windows or Mac computer
    • Most cell phones and PDAs
    • MP3 players
    • Some eBook readers
  3. Burn to CD

WMA audiobooks

  1. Download to:
    • Windows computers
  2. Transfer from a Windows computer to:
    • Apple devices (with publisher permission)
    • Portable devices that support DRM-protected WMA files
  3. Burn to CD (with publisher permission)
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