One Click Digital: FREE source for digital audiobooks

March 25, 2013 by
Filed under: Kindle, Recreation 

Ever since I got my Kindle, I’ve used it a lot.  Especially once I learned that many e-readers also have speakers so you can listen to audio books.  That’s a perfect option for me because I rarely have time to sit down and physically read books.  But I can listen to them while I do other things.  Yes!  Multitasking at it’s best.

While you can get a free trial from Audible Audiobooks and then pay for a monthly membership, or use Overdrive (click here for more information), there are other places you can get audio books–for FREE.

Terra of Life as a Field Trip fills you in on a great Brown County Library resource called One Click Digital:


By now you know the library can be a great place to save money- free children’s and adult programing, a coupon basket, borrowing free movies and print books, and Overdrive for free ebooks and digital audiobooks. I love audiobooks. Love. Them. I listen to them every day when I’m driving, fixing dinner, clipping coupons, and exercising. I get all of my audiobooks whether on CD or digitally, from the library.

I was already familiar with using Overdrive for ‘borrowing’ digital audiobooks from public libraries, but I only recently started using OneClickdigital. It’s another great option for ‘borrowing’ digital audiobooks, available through your public library. The site isn’t as polished as Overdrive’s, but there’s plenty of great content available. You can download audiobooks from Recorded Books and listen to them on your computer or mobile devices like iPods.

To get started, visit their website. The link to their site can be found on the Brown County Library’s website. You’ll need to register by providing your name and email address and creating a password. If you’ll be listening to your selections on your computer or transferring them to your devices via your computer, you’ll also need to download their software. Thankfully, it’s a one-time download. If you have an Apple device you will need to get the (Free) OneClick digital app. Once, you’ve done that you can start browsing the collection.

A few quick pieces of information:

  • OneClickdigital’s items check out for up to 21 days. You choose your checkout period at checkout.
  • You can create a wish list of titles you’d like to check out later.
  • You may have up to 10 titles checked out.
  • Unlike Overdrive, you can renew items.
  • There’s no need to login with your library card each time you use it. You’ll sign in with a username and password instead.

I’ve just started using the app on my iPad. Though you can do the whole process using their app, I find it’s easier to browse for and check out titles on their website than it is on their app. I use the app once I’ve found something I like and have already checked it out on their website. When I’m ready to listen to it, I open the app and sign in.

It took me awhile to get into using this site. The website visuals and cover art aren’t particularly interesting and searching is kind of clunky. I decided to give it a fair chance and found that you really can’t judge a book by its cover. OneClickdigital has a good selection of titles by great authors and I haven’t had to wait for a title yet. There’s always been something good available when I wanted to listen to it. Overall, it’s great to have another free option for audiobooks and who can complain about FREE?

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