RBdigital Mac Media Manager

Getting Started


To use RBdigital, you must (a) register for an account, (b) install the Media Manager software, (c) update your iTunes settings if you intend to transfer the books to an iPod. 

A. Register for an account 

  1. Go to Library eCard Login above (or to http://kslc.org) and sign in with your Kansas Library Card.
  2. Choose the RBdigital Audiobooks Registration link from the Digital Books eLending section.
  3. This opens the RBdigital registration form, and has proved you are a Kansas resident.
    • 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 your name appears in the upper right side of the webpage.  
B. Install the Media Manager software: 
  1. Open your Mac's App Store. 
  2. Search for and install the RBdigital Media Manager.  When complete, open the software (if you will use this often, you may wish to add Media Manager to your dock). 
  3. The Add Profile box appears.  Fill out as follows:
    • Country (USA) and State (KS)
    • Library = State Library of Kansas.  If you start typing "State" it will allow you to select the library.
    • Username & password = the account you created during registration.  You may choose to have it remember your login, to skip this step in the future. 
C. Update iTunes Setting for iPod (skip if you will not transfer to an iPod)
  1. With iTunes open, plug in your device.
  2. Click on your device's name/icon (usually in upper right side of iTunes).
  3. Device Summary will appear.  Scroll down to Options. 
  4. Make sure manually manage music and videos is turned on (box checkmarked).

Check Out a Book

  1. In Media Manager, click the Browse Website link. This will open the RBdigital website, where all checkouts are holds are placed.  You will be logged in automatically.  
  2. Search or browse for a book. Here's our favorite way to get something right now, but you can search/browse any way you like: 
    • Click the magnifying glass (search) in the upper right corner of the site. 
    • Choose "advanced search"
      • Genre - pick a subject (mystery, romance, history)
      • Availability - select "available.
    • Click search. Every book with available copies in your genre will show.  You can start looking through books now, or click  on "Sort by" and switch that to Date Added.  This puts the newest purchased books in your search first.
  3. When you have found a book, click the cover.  The book's details are shown.  
  4. Use the Checkout button (if all copies are in use, the button is Hold).  If your browser asks to download a file, click cancel.   
  5. Return to the Media Manager software.  If your new checkout does not show yet, click the refresh button (small rectangular button with 2 arrows, right side of gray bar).

Play a Book on Your Computer

  • click the Play Title button for the book.  The book will begin downloading to the computer, and start playing after a couple of chapters are downloaded. 
  • pause, skip, or stop the book using the playback controls above the checked out list (gray bar).  The software will save your place in the book automatically. 

Use Books with Your iPod

Transfer a Book to Your iPod

  1. connect your iPod to the computer, wait for your computer to recognize it (usually opens iTunes). 
  2. Click the Download & Transfer button for the book. If you had already downloaded the book to the computer (by selecting Play earlier or allowing the software to auto-download new checkouts), the button will be "Transfer."
  3. A progress bar comes up. If the book was not already downloaded it will download the parts of the book, then transfer to the device. Do not disconnect or cancel out of the box until it says "complete."

Play a Book on the iPod

  1. Go to the Music section on the device.
  2. Select "Playlists."  This is where you can always play the parts of the book in order.
  3. Select your book's title, and play it.

Deleting Finished Books from the iPod

  1. Connect your device to the computer and open iTunes
  2. Go to your device. Under "on this device:"
    • Music area: delete all of the individual chapters of the book.
    • Playlists area: delete the playlist name

Managing Your Books/Account

  • Limits - the 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 account to see if the spaces are all full.
  • Early Return - easiest in Media Manager software - you get 21 days on a checkout, but most people do not need that long. Click the "return" button on the Media Manager for the book when you are finished, it immediately is removed from your account & is available for another person.
  • Menu (3-line button) on the RBdigital website (click the 'browse title' in Media Manager to access the site) has: 
    • Checked Out - you can renew a book here for another 21 days. If another person is waiting on the book, you will not be able to renew it.  You can also click the X on the upper right corner of the book to return it early. Do not use the "download" button here, this is for people with computers too old to use the Media Manager software.
    • Wishlist - while browsing for books, anything you click "wishlist" for is saved here. Use it to save books that you do not want to forget, but do not want to checkout or place a hold on at the time.
    • Holds - view your current holds to see what place you are in line, or remove any you no longer want. When it is your turn for a hold, it is checked out automatically (should appear in Media Manager) and the system will email you.
    • History - books you've checked out in the past.
    • My Profile- update your email, password, etc. 

Need help? Contact the State Library help desk ( audiobooks@ks.gov ) or call during business hours.