Download audio eBooks to your iPhone -- without a computer!
I just discovered the OverDrive Media Console application for my iPhone! Now it's possible to find, download and listen to audio books without plugging your phone into a computer. This is nice if you're like me and don't want to haul around a laptop everywhere you go. Awesome. It's available at the iTunes Store for free! Add the OverDrive application to your iPhone or iTouch first, then start shopping!
To find libraries and stores that have mp3 audio book downloads, go to http://search.overdrive.com from your iPhone or iTouch browser. You can also get there by selecting "Help," the question mark icon at the bottom of your Overdrive Media iPhone app, which takes you out of the app, and into the "Getting Started" page. I use 80204, the Central Library's zip code to start my searches.
Unfortunately, you must choose an mp3 audio book if you're going to listen on your iPhone or iTouch, and the selection isn't too big yet. Don't try to download a WMA. It just won't work. If you do an advanced search, you can limit the list to mp3 files, which really simplifies things. You may have to place an item on hold if there are no available copies for checkout. Otherwise, proceed through the checkout steps.
Once you select the title you want to download, follow prompts to check it out, and then touch the download button. This automatically puts the title in your OverDrive Media library. Click the title of the book in the library, and then the "Download All" button. You're on your way! Depending on the speed of your connection, the download could take some time. I usually download one or two parts at a time, because that's all I have the patience for. Typically WiFi is faster than 3G.
Need more help? Visit the OverDrive Media Console site at iTunes, and happy listening!