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Staff Guide to RBdigital: eAudiobooks

eAudio & Magazines

What's Available?

  • Hundreds of Great Courses titles
  • Comprehensive Pimsleur language courses for Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese 
       30+ lessons per course with levels 1-5 available for each languages
  • Classic literature titles
  • ​Popular eAudio titles plus some full series not available at OverDrive or hoopla. Examples:  C.J. Box; John Sandford; Alexander McCall Smith


You Will Need

  1. A valid Arlington Public Library Card  and PIN. Be sure your Library card has not expired and has no excessive fines and fees
  2. An email address to create a free RBdigital account which keeps your history and usage record. Unlike hoopla or OverDrive, these will NOT appear in APL library accounts or the APL app.
  3. Their mobile app requires an RBdigital account for authentication. "Zinio for Libraries" accounts work with RBdigital Magazines or eAudio. No need to register again.
  4. Access to the Internet on a computer or mobile device


Patrons can update their RBdigital username, email or password on the RBdigital website/app profile screen. Library card number changes cannot be updated by patrons here. Patrons should submit a Library Help Ticket from the Library website for any problems with library card numbers.


RBdigital eAudiobooks

Can I stream titles - play without downloading?  Sort of...Once a title is checked out, you have two options:
1. "Download and Play"  Play downloaded titles from any device in the RBdigital app while offline. Perfect for commuting or air travel.

2. "Stream live" from the RBdigital website (not the app) without having to download titles first. Once you check out a title you can listen to it on any computer, tablet, or smartphone with a Web browser and Internet connection. Note: since you are connected to the Internet, usage charges may apply depending on your device data plan. 

If I do download to my computer, are my titles be added to my iTunes or Windows Media Player library?
It defaults to iTunes to manage downloads. But the files are not saved to iTunes so if you choose to manage your title files manually, you can opt to do that through iTunes or Windows Media Player.

To listen to a title via the app on a smart phone - you must download all the chapters. These are saved to general internal storage, so to put them on an SD card, you must move them manually. 

When a title is returned, are the files deleted from my device?
When a title expires or is returned, the tracks will need to be removed from your device manually.

More FAQs can be found on the RBdigital site and app under Help

Screenshots go here

Register Free Account

Your Email Can Be Your User Name

Mobile App View

Get the App

 app For Android, Apple
   or Kindle Fire 

Search in app store on device for RBdigital

Patron Support

For All Support Issues
Users contact Recorded Books vendor directly
using any of these options:
Call Mon–Fri
Send email to  
 Submit ticket via
  their Help Page  
(handiest from the app)

Media Manager Desktop App

The free Media Manager desktop app requires a one-time software installation, plus an RBdigital account.The Media Manager can play downloaded titles on your computer or manage transfers to mobile players without the RBdigital app.

Click the “Download and Transfer” button to download title to your computer. To transfer, connect a device to your computer by cable and click the “Transfer” button in the Media Manager. Note: only "Non-Protected" titles can be transferred to a WMA format player. Check for this on the full Title information page of the eAudiobook. 

Checkouts appearing in the Media Manager will also show in the mobile app.