You can use OverDrive's desktop app to burn MP3 audiobooks to CDs.

Note: Due to agreements with publishers and digital media suppliers, audiobooks from OverDrive cannot be burned to DVD or Blu-ray.

What you need

How to burn audiobooks to a CD

  1. Open OverDrive's desktop app.
  2. Select a title and click the Burn button. The burn wizard will open, and you'll see the "Welcome" screen.
  3. Insert a blank CD into the CD drive on your computer. Click Next.
    The welcome screen in the Burn Wizard.
  4. The burn wizard searches for your CD drive. When it locates the drive, you'll see the "Confirm" screen.
    Select the part(s) you'd like to burn. You'll need one CD for each part. Click Next.
    The confirm screen in the Burn Wizard.
    When the selected parts are being burned to the CDs, you'll see the "Burning" screen and status bar.
    The Burn Wizard Burning screen with one part prepared and one part burning.
  5. When the burn finishes, you'll see the "Success" screen. Click Finish to close the wizard.
    The success screen in the Burn Wizard.

What to do if a CD will not play

OverDrive burns borrowed audiobooks as "audio CDs." If you manually burn them as data CDs (outside of OverDrive's app), you'll only be able to listen to the audiobook on a computer.

If you're having trouble listening to the CD you burned, check to make sure your CD player plays CD-R discs. If you used a CD-RW disc, try burning the title again using a CD-R. Most CD players have trouble reading CD-RWs.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 11:25AM EST