RBdigital Android, Kindle Fire, & Chromebook App

Getting Started

To use RBdigital, you must (a) register for an account, (b) install & set up the app.

A. Register for an account (one time only, proves KS residency to company)

  1. Go to Library eCard Login above (or http://kslc.org) and sign in with your Kansas Library eCard.
  2. Choose the RBdigital Audiobooks Registration link from the Digital Book eLending area.
  3. This opens RBdigital's registration form. 
    • Username: pick something easy to type and remember, do not use spaces.
    • Password: minimum of 7 characters, use letters and numbers.
    • Zip code: please provide a 5-digit zip for statistical purposes.
  4. Click the Register button once, and wait until the screen refreshes and is complete.  

B. Install & set up the mobile app:

  1. Open the Play Store on your device. This icon is a triangle that is blue, green, yellow, red.
    Kindle Fires: use the Amazon App Store. On some devices, you must go to "all apps" and select "shop."
  2. Search for and install the RBdigital app onto your device. Open app when installation is complete. 
  3. Select country of USA.
  4. Enter your username OR email address (do not use your library card number here)
  5. Library - if asked, select "State Library of Kansas," this may be selected automatically for you.
  6. Enter your password & login. 
If you have already checked out books through a different device, your current checkouts will show. If this is the first time you've used RB at all, it will show you a selection of featured books or our audiobooks home screen.

App Overview
The top of the app is a red bar, in which you find 2 main buttons.
Main Menu Key - 3 lines, upper left, contains these areas to be aware of:
  • Checked Out - your current checkouts. Tap the cover of your book to listen, return, or renew it.
  • Wishlist - if you wishlist a book while browsing the catalog, it is saved here. Wishlist books that you do not want to checkout or hold right now, but do not want to forget.
  • Holds - if all copies of a book are checked out, you may place a hold. This list shows your current holds (note: when it is your turn for a hold, the system will email you & check the book out to you, it moves to your Checked Out section).
  • History - books you have checked out in the past.
  • Your Profiles - this is where your login is stored. If the device is shared with another person, you may add the second one here, and switch back & forth between names as needed.
  • Settings - the app defaults to only downloading on wifi to save a phone's data plan, but you can switch this off if needed. Autodownload of titles (download starts as soon as book is checked off) is also off by default, but can be changed.
Search - magnifying glass, upper right.
You may need to tap "audiobooks" the first time you open the search box.
  • simple search line - has "keyword" then a space   Keyword is a drop-down box, you may switch this to author or title if that is the search you are doing, but that is optional. Keep searches simple (like author's last name, or just part of a title if the title is very long).
  • advanced search boxes - genre (subject), availability (choose available to avoid books with holds lists), audience (useful if looking for kids materials only).

Simple search line & advanced search boxes may be used separately or together. Examples:
    I want to see all books by James Patterson. Type Patterson into the search box.
    I want to see books by James Patterson that I can checkout right now. Type Patterson into the search bar, then tap Availability & select "available" before searching.
    I want to see all mysteries that I can checkout right now. Do not type anything into search bar. Tap Genre & select "mystery," tap Availability & select "available" then search.

Check Out a Book

  1. Tap the search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the app. Tap audiobooks to see the search options.
  2. Enter whichever type of search you wish. We like to do this with first time users to get you a book right now:
    • Genre - select a subject
    • Availability - select available.
  3. Search results are shown. If there are a lot, you can use the "sort by" feature to sort by Date Added (newest first), title, author, etc.
  4. Select a book - you can tap its cover to see the book description. Tap "check out." You get 21 days.
  5. The app will think for a moment, then give you the opportunity to begin playing the book.

Using Books: the Checked Out List

Your Checked Out list is always accessed by going to the Menu key (3 lines, upper left).

Playing a Book - tap the cover art of the book to view a larger play button. If you had not yet downloaded the book, it will download the first section and begin playing, all other parts will download while you listen.
  • Playing screen: standard play/pause, skip back & forward buttons will appear below your book cover.
  • Progress bar: a bar below the control buttons shows how far you are in a chapter/section.
  • Bookmarks: optional, your place in the book will automatically save when you pause/stop the book.
  • Chapters: if you need to skip ahead or back to a particular place in the book.
  • Sleep timer: switch this on to have the app turn off after a set number of minutes. Must be turned back on every time you wish to use it.
Downloading Books -
  • Each book has a download indicator - green downloaded if all parts are downloaded, white download if not. While the book is in progress of downloading it will show the chapter number loading (like 5/19).
  • Download just one particular book by tapping its white download message, or start all of your books downloading by tapping "download all" below the list of books. This will cause the first to begin downloading and the rest to say "pending" until complete.
  • Once downloaded, your book can be listened to without a wifi or data connection. The app does not need a connection again until you want to make a change (checkout new books, return current ones).
  • Downloads default to wifi only to save your phone's data.  If you would like your books to download using the data, go to Menu->Settings.
Return a Book  - Tap the cover of the book, and select "return." The book immediately disappears from your list and is available for another person to use. Early return encouraged, because many people do not need the full 21 days to read a book. If you do not specifically return a book, it will disappear from your list when your 21 days are up.

Renew a Book - tap the cover of the book and select "renew." You may not renew a book if someone else is waiting on hold to listen to it.

Other Notes:

  • Refresh - made changes in the app (returned book, etc) and it still isn't showing the change? Place your finger in the center of the screen and pull down to refresh the app (this action now works on almost every app).
  • Limits? Checked out and holds lists each have 10 spaces per person. If you are searching for books and the checkout/hold button cannot be used, check your appropriate list to see if it is full.
  • Holds checkout automatically to you when it is your turn, and the system will email you. Your place in line for a hold can be seen by tapping the book's cover from Holds.
  • Need help? Contact the State Library help desk ( audiobooks@ks.gov ) or call during business hours.