RBdigital Audiobooks and eBooks

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The Vermont Department of Libraries contracts with RBdigital to provide group discounts for libraries’ access to downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.

We want to get eBook and audiobook services to your patrons as quickly as possible, so we started open enrollment early this year for new and renewing libraries who want to subscribe to Recorded Books RBdigital. The subscription program runs July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. New libraries that join now can get access to RBdigital now, but any library that signs up must sign up for service through June 30, 2021. New libraries signing up now will be charged on a prorated basis for the remainder of the current year before July 1.

The Department of Libraries offers a group discount for all public libraries that want to collectively subscribe to the Recorded Books RBdigital subscription program. This consortium program offers discounted group pricing for Vermont public libraries, based on your library’s total circulation figures for your most recently completed fiscal year. For pricing information, see the program announcement.

This program offers:

  • Over 9,800 downloadable audiobooks
  • Over 775 downloadable eBooks.
  • Pimsleur language eAUDIO
  • Great Courses (Ex. Practicing Mindfulness, Financial Literacy, and The American Civil War)

To make this program available to all libraries, we need to reach a certain number of subscriptions to meet the minimum cost threshold set by Recorded Books. Member subscriptions are used to pay for the RBdigital platform.

This is one more great service that can be offered to your library patrons.

Some details about Audiobooks & eBooks

  • The RBdigital Audiobook program offers patron access to high-quality downloadable Recorded Books titles. This program includes titles for adults, children and young adults and includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, including best-sellers.
  • The Core List of Recorded Books titles will always be available to your library patrons. No holds or waiting lists required for these multi-access titles.
  • Recorded Books will add a collection of NEW multi-access titles to the consortium’s collection each quarter at no extra cost.
  • Additional purchases can be made from a listing of over 35,000 single access audiobook titles.
  • Recorded Books has over 300,000 eBooks available for purchase. The consortium’s Collection Development Committee will select new content.
  • All eBook content is single access.
  • Recorded Books offers free marketing material on their website. https://www.recordedbooks.com/About-Us/Resources/Marketing-Materials/Digital-Resources/Audiobooks-and-eBooks

The subscription runs from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.


Currently subscribing libraries with technical questions should contact yoursupport@recordedbooks.com or 877-772-8346.

Vermont public libraries interested in other ways to offer eBooks and audiobooks to their patrons can also contact the Green Mountain Library Consortium or look for resources in the Vermont Online Library.

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