I Gave Up on OverDrive’s Audiobooks

I have a Nook Color–which is amazing! This weekend I decided to listen to an audiobook while sewing and since we lack portable CD players in my house, a downloadable audiobook is just what circumstances ordered. I have been making my way through a physical copy of The Night Circus so I logged in through the OverDrive Media Console app on my Nook to check out the audiobook version. That process went smoothly. Then a message popped up telling me that I would need to download the title on my PC and then transfer to the Nook. Okay.

I get on my PC and pull out my library card again as I log back into my OverDrive account. I click the Checked Out Items link and go to download my book. A proprietary OverDrive file downloads. Not knowing what to do with the file, I click through and discover that I have to install Windows Media Player, then run security checks, and then it looks like I’ll still need to convert the files once they download through Windows Media Player into MP3 format. That’s a lot of steps and I’m not alone in my frustration. The OverDrive FAQ was also unhelpful. I have a custom built rig and try to keep undesirable programs like Windows Media Player off my machine.

In the end, I gave up on listening to a story about star-crossed lovers and instead listened to Pandora. Instead of magic and mystery, I got to think about questions such as why does the Little Lion Man (by Mumford & Sons) station bring up exclusively 90s music?