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#1  issybird 10-03-2018, 12:52 PM
I got an email from one of my libraries to say that it's switching away from the audiobook component of Hoopla to RBdigital. I have mixed feelings about this; on the one hand I've still got access to Hoopla through another library (with much fewer borrows), but on the other I like Hoopla's midlist/backlist/classic audiobooks and the email sounds as if RBdigital's offerings are a lot more current/popular. They mention Evanovitch, Koontz and Gabaldon, none of whom interests me.

Can anyone who has access to or uses both compare the audiobook libraries? Just in general terms, of course.
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#2  tubemonkey 10-03-2018, 02:41 PM
All of my libraries have dropped Hoopla audiobooks and two of them now use RBdigital. I don't think I've tried it yet.
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#3  issybird 10-03-2018, 04:25 PM
Quote tubemonkey
All of my libraries have dropped Hoopla audiobooks and two of them now use RBdigital. I don't think I've tried it yet.
I've taken a look and I'm not impressed. Fingers crossed FLP doesn't drop Hoopla; it's my go-to source for P.G. Wodehouse audiobooks. And no waiting means that I can listen as the mood strikes me.
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#4  AnemicOak 10-03-2018, 04:42 PM
RB Digital (RB is short for Recorded Books) is like OverDrive when it comes to content. It depends on what the library buys.

RB Digital's audiobook availabilty is made up of "over 35,000 titles published by Recorded Books, as well as tens of thousands of premium audiobooks from other major publishers".
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#5  SeaBookGuy 02-09-2019, 02:46 PM
My library only has one RB title in which I'm particularly interested (Jane and the Waterloo Map).
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#6  Bookworm_Girl 02-09-2019, 03:13 PM
I'm curious, issybird. How have you liked the RBdigital app for audiobooks?

I find the app is slow and sometimes freezes. The app interface was so much better when it was OneClickdigital. I stopped borrowing from their audio catalog when they switched names to RBdigital.

Also interesting is that many libraries use RBdigital for magazines. One of my libraries just abandoned RBdigital and switched to Flipster.
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#7  GracieAllen 09-01-2019, 11:38 AM
One of my local libraries switched to this less-than-optimal system...

It appears that the vast majority (at least the vast majority of anything I wanted) of audiobooks on there are "protected". Which gets you a popup stating something to the effect that "Because Microsoft stopped supporting DRM in 2015, you can't download this book".

Which, since my audiobook listening happens in the car when traveling, makes this site far less usable since I can't download the audiobook, put it on a flash drive, and listen to it in the car.

BTW: Two (the only two I've tried) of the books I COULDN'T download from RBdigital, I WAS able to download from a different local library with NO problem, NO disclaimers, NO complaints about something Microsoft supposedly did years ago.

I HOPE none of the other libraries I use switch to this *&^%$# thing.
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#8  Tarana 09-08-2019, 09:36 PM
Quote issybird
I've taken a look and I'm not impressed. Fingers crossed FLP doesn't drop Hoopla; it's my go-to source for P.G. Wodehouse audiobooks. And no waiting means that I can listen as the mood strikes me.
Depends on what you are looking for. The science fiction and fantasy selections are limited (as usual), but they have all of John Sandford's Prey novels. In addition, the app hasn't been buggy at all.

My library abandoned Overdrive due to the increased costs. So now it's Cloud Library and RGDigital and then Hennepin County through Libby. Still doesn't help a whole lot for the science fiction and fantasy categories (sans romance), but a larger mystery/crime/thriller selection (barely any UK authors however).
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#9  tubemonkey 09-08-2019, 10:18 PM
Quote Tarana
Depends on what you are looking for. The science fiction and fantasy selections are limited (as usual), but they have all of John Sandford's Prey novels. In addition, the app hasn't been buggy at all.

My library abandoned Overdrive due to the increased costs. So now it's Cloud Library and RGDigital and then Hennepin County through Libby. Still doesn't help a whole lot for the science fiction and fantasy categories (sans romance), but a larger mystery/crime/thriller selection (barely any UK authors however).
I use four libraries and they all have OverDrive, plus two of them also have RBdigital. So far, I've been content with OverDrive and haven't felt the need to explore RBdigital.
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#10  Catlady 09-09-2019, 04:40 PM
The last time I used RB Digital, I could download to my Sansa Clip after registering it. Sounds like they've changed, and not for the better

My local library system dropped Overdrive for new books at one point, in favor of Axis360 and RB Digital, but now they're pretty much back to Overdrive, which is so much better, especially since the waiting lists are consistently quite short compared to those at my other two libraries.
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