How to Download an Audio Book to a Flash Drive

by Danielle Fernandez

Audiobooks make it possible for even the busiest of readers to keep up with the current bestsellers, and they're excellent alternatives for the blind or illiterate. Advances in digital recording technology have eliminated the need for multiple cassette tapes. Readers can carry volumes of books electronically on an mp3 player or smartphone. Using a flash drive to store your book files makes it even easier to maintain a large library without cluttering up your device or computer hard drive.

1

Plug the flash drive into one of your computer's USB ports.

2

Locate and highlight the audiobook file on your computer.

3

Drag the audiobook file or files to the flash drive icon to copy the files onto it.

4

Eject the flash drive from your computer. On a PC, right-click the icon and click "Eject." On a Mac, drag the flash drive icon to the trash can. Unplug the device from your computer.

Tip

  • Some audiobook files may present error messages when transfering because they are protected against copyright violations and pirating by a technology called Digital Rights Management (DRM). If you are simply transferring to the flash drive for storage purposes, compress the audiobook file using a ZIP program like WinZip or StuffIt before saving it to the flash drive. You will not be able to play the file directly from the flash drive since ZIP is not a recognized audio format, but it will maintain the integrity of the protection for subsequent listening devices.

About the Author

Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.

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