Alternatively a short link is available - http://goo.gl/jOVG3
It takes about 7-10 days for you to get your card (and welcome letter) and you really can't do anything to speed this up.
Once you've got your card you'll need to go to the "Create An Account" page on the OneClickdigital website (which is partnering with Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver this service);
The screen you're presented with looks something like this;
|OneClickdigital: Create An Account page|
|Oneclickdigital: Welcome Page|
And that's it. You can now click on the "home" tab at the top-left and download away;
|Cambridge Audiobook Online Library|
As far as I can see it works in a similar way to a library service in that you select a book and say how long you'd want to "check it out" for. For example here is "A Ship of War" by Sean Thomas Russell showing a checkout time of 21 days;
|"A Ship of War" by Sean Thomas Russell (book page)|
|"Luther: The Calling" by Neil Cross (book page)|
Yes. I know. "Not Available" for a digital copy?! Doesn't quite make sense in the digital world. However the one thing you need to bear in mind is that there is no legal requirement on book publishers to make audiobooks available to libraries in the same way there is for paper copies. Whilst what we have is far from ideal it is better than the alternative - try searching for Terry Pratchett or J K Rowling to see what publishers have chosen to not allow access to.
In fact doing a search for "everything" (and if you work in IT you'll know that if you get any results for that search it's not a good sign as generally if you go to Amazon, Apple, Tesco, etc websites and search for everything there are too many results so it won't show them to you) you'll see that there are only 1,001 titles available (this is as of February 2013);
|Searching for "Everything" ... With results!|
Similarly of the 1,001 audio books only 26 are targeted at Children.
But on the plus side only 48 are encumbered by DRM (which means you have to worry a lot more about whether or not they'll play on your device - but then you could just "borrow" it for a day to find out!). The other downloads must be just MP3's which is pretty good.
This is still a fairly new service being offered by the County Council so it will be interesting to see how (and indeed if!) it grows over the next few years.