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Digital Downloads: Digital Media Zone

How to browse and download ebooks, audiobooks, music, and videos

What are "Digital Downloads"?

Audiobooks -  Books that are narrated by a reader and put into a sound file and format such as MP3 and WMA.

eBooks - Books that are in digital format designed to be read on a computer, ereader, or other electronic device such as Abobe EPub, PDF, or Kindle book.

Music - MP3 files that are downloaded to a computer or other listening device.

Video - Digitally protected videos that have been optimized for download.


The Overdrive Help section can answer many questions to help you get started with browsing, checking out, and downloading ebooks, audiobooks, music and videos.  You can browse this section and find the answer to most questions you may have.  Here are a few examples:


Digital Media Zone

The Digital Media Zone powered by Overdrive is the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's online resource for downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, music and video. To access this resource go to the library's website at

Click on "My Digital Library" in the upper left corner of the home page.  Log in with your library card number and PIN.

Click on the Digital Media Zone.  Sign in - Choose Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and enter library card number and PIN.

You will begin at the "My eAccount" page.  Choose the format that you want to browse on the left side of the page:

Audiobook Fiction                eBook Fiction             Video

Audiobook Nonfiction           eBook Nonfiction         Music

Download and install free software

Download and install free software on your computer or mobile device.

To enjoy Kindle Books all you need is a Kindle device and an Amazon account (

To download Adobe eBooks on your computer, you need Adobe® Digital Editions

To download Adobe EPUB eBooks on your Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone device, you need OverDrive Media Console v2 (or newer).

To download OverDrive titles, you need OverDrive Media Console™. OverDrive Media Console is available for…

  • Android v1.5 (or newer)
  • BlackBerry v4.5 (or newer)
  • iOS v4 (or newer)
  • Mac OS® v10.4.9 (or newer)
  • Windows® 98 SE (or newer)
  • Windows Phone 7

Activate the software

Adobe Digital Editions requires activation.

Adobe Digital Editions can be activated anonymously or by using an Adobe ID. Anonymous activation allows you to download and read DRM-protected eBooks on a single computer only. Activating using an Adobe ID allows you to download and read DRM-protected eBooks on multiple computers and transfer them to supported eBook devices.

OverDrive Media Console for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, and Windows Phone 7 may require activation. If you want to read Adobe EPUB eBooks you need to activate your device using an Adobe ID.

OverDrive Media Console for Windows requires a security upgrade.

Only OverDrive Media Console for Windows requires a security upgrade.  All other versions of OverDrive Media Console do not require security upgrades.

Browse titles.  You may check out up to five titles at one time.

 Check out titles and download to your computer.  (Titles may be transferred to supported devices)

Audiobooks and eBooks may be checked out for 7 days or 14 days.  Music and Videos may be checked out  for 3, 5 or 7 days.

Read, listen or watch and enjoy!   At the end of the lending period the titles will automatically return to the Digital Media Zone collection. No renewals and no late fees!


Compatible Devices

Many devices can be used to enjoy titles from an OverDrive-powered website. The tables below show what formats you can enjoy with popular setups.

Screenshot of format compatibility for eBooks.

Screenshot of format compatibility for audiobooks.

Screenshot of format compatibility for music and video.

*Visit OverDrive's Device Resource Center for a more complete list of compatible devices. Format support for each device will also be shown.

Getting Started

The left side menu on any page of the Digital Media Zone contains everything you need to get started checking out, downloading and enjoying books, music and videos. Under the "Getting Started" tab you will find  these helpful sections:


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