Digital Audio & eBooks Help Guide

Downloading & Using Digital Files – eBooks & MP3 Sound files

Before downloading your Digital Download

We recommend that before you activate the link to download files (once you’ve made a purchase) you think carefully about which device you wish to download the files to. We recommend that you download any digital purchases straightaway, although you do have 180 days in which to download your files. Your purchase is only valid for one download to one device. We recommend that you download the files to your computer or eReader/iPad. (If you want to use it on your iPhone or smartphone eventually, please see below: Thinking of downloading to an iPhone/smartphone?) While it is possible to transfer files between devices, it can be rather daunting for those who are not technically confident.

Thinking of downloading to an iPhone/smartphone?

If you make a purchase of Digital Downloads using your iPhone/smartphone, you may not wish to use the link to download the files directly to your phone unless you have already installed an unzipper app (e.g. Zip Viewer) on it, even if you intend to use your iPhone for viewing/playing the downloads. It can be much easier to download the files to your computer/eReader/iPad in the first instance and then transfer them onto your smartphone from there in your usual way. Please note that you will still need an unzipped app on your computer/eReader/iPad. (iTunes does not come with this unzipping facility automatically.)

Zipped files

Due to the nature of this product, the MP3 audio files are supplied all together in a zipped file, rather than as individual tracks requiring multiple downloading. If you want to play the audio files on your iPhone/ smartphone/iPad, you will either need to have an unzipper app installed (such as Zip Viewer) or you might prefer to download the zipped files onto your computer first, where they can be easily unzipped. You can then open the MP3 files and import them into iTunes – and then connect your iPhone to your computer/iPad via your usual cable and use iTunes to transfer/sync as you would with a regular audio track. You could also do this using iCloud.

How many times can I download the digital files from the York Courses website?

You will only be able to download the digital files from the York Courses website once. So it’s important that you download it as soon as you receive the email with the download link. (If you want to download the digital file again, you’ll need to place another order and pay again.)

Can I buy and download multiple digital files on behalf of other members of my group?

No. Each individual group member should place their own order and download their own files, to suit their own requirements. This way they can select the correct file format and download the files directly onto their own device.

How long do I have to download the digital files ?

We recommend that you download the files straightaway, although you’ll have 180 days in which to download the digital files from the link provided. You should receive an email containing the link to download the files as soon as payment is authorised.

What happens if I don’t receive the email with the download link?

You can also access the download link from Your Account > order history page

Where are the files downloaded to on my device?

Computers, tablets and phones download your files to different locations, but many will store your files in the Downloads folder on your device, and this is where you would find your downloaded files. On a PC (if you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser) you can open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select View downloads. You’ll be able to see what you’ve downloaded from the web, where it’s stored on your PC, and choose actions to take on your downloads. If you’re using Chrome as your web browser, when the file has finished downloading, you should be able to see it at the bottom of your Chrome window. Click on the file name to open it. On an Android device your files will probably be downloaded to the Downloads folder. To view these files go into Files > Phone files and you should then see the Downloads folder. On a Mac your files will automatically be downloaded to the Downloads folder (unless your default download location has been changed). On an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch there is no Downloads folder, but when you click the download link it should open in the relevant software automatically i.e. iBooks for eBooks, or iTunes for MP3 files.


Which file format do I need to be able to read the eBook on my device?

York Courses offers two formats of ebook – .EPUB and .MOBI .EPUB is the most popular, cross-platform format for eBooks. It can be opened by the majority of devices including PC’s, Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, Android, Nook, Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Sony Reader and other eReaders. .MOBI is the preferred format for Kindle and Kindle Fire devices. Please make sure that you select the correct format for your device, as unfortunately it won’t be possible to offer a credit/refund if you purchase the wrong format.

Can I read an eBook file on my computer if I don’t have an eReader?

Yes, but since most computers don’t really have a ‘default’ program pre-installed for opening eBook files, you would need to download software to allow you to open and read the eBook. Adobe Digital Editions is a popular free ebook reader software that allows users to read EPUB files. It can be downloaded from Adobe Digital Editions. Download this free eReader to experience your books in the most optimum format across PC, MAC, tablets or mobile devices. If you are using a tablet or mobile device you can download the Adobe Digital Editions app from App Store (for an Apple device) or Google Play (for an Android device)

Are there alternatives to Adobe Digital Editions?

Yes, if you search the internet you should be able to find a free download for you to use one of the following: Calibre, EPUB File Reader, Stanza Desktop, Okular and Sumatra  Google Play Books is another place you can open EPUB files. This works by uploading the EPUB file to your Google account and viewing it through their web client.

How do I transfer the .MOBI file to my Kindle?

Turn your Kindle on. Connect the Kindle to your computer using the USB cable that came with your Kindle. Drag and drop the ‘.MOBI’ eBook file into the documents folder on your Kindle.

How do I transfer my .EPUB file from my computer to my iPad?

Connect the iPad using the USB cable. Launch iTunes and add your downloaded ePub file to iTunes via File > Add To Library, and then sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad via the iPad device’s Books tab.

Can I have the eBook installed on more than one device?

York Courses‘ eBooks are subject to Copyright restrictions and should not be passed onto other users.

Digital Audio – MP3 Files

What sound files are available as digital downloads from York Courses?

MP3 is a standard technology and format for compressing a sound sequence creating a very small file while preserving the original sound quality when it is played. MP3 provides near CD quality audio.

How do I play the downloaded MP3 file?

On a PC or Mac you can double click on the MP3 file and your computer will load the appropriate software to play the file. For a PC this will be Windows Media Player unless you have downloaded an additional MP3 player. On a Mac it will open using iTunes pre-installed software.

I ordered MP3 audio downloads but it says its a .zip file?

York Courses audio is split into sessions and each course is broken down into several individual MP3 files. So rather than you having to individually download each MP3 file separately, these files are compressed into a single file. Because the files are compressed, the course audio will download more quickly.

How do I open a .zip file?

Your computer/device may  unzip (open) the .zip file automatically once it’s downloaded. If not, simply double click the file. Once uncompressed, you should see a folder containing the individual MP3 session tracks. Double click the MP3 to open and play the audio file.

Zoom / Virtual Meetings

How do I share audio on Zoom? 

If you have the course CD: Mute everyone else and play the CD as close to your computer microphone as possible.

If your computer has a CD player or you have the downloaded course audio on your computer: At the bottom of the screen click on the ‘Share Screen’ icon, then at the top of the next screen click on ‘Advanced’, then click the option ‘Music or Computer Sound Only’. The first time you try to share audio you may be asked to ‘Install Zoom Audio Device’; follow the instructions to install. Play the audio track on your computer using your preferred media player and everyone will be able to hear it. To stop sharing audio, click ‘Stop Share’ at the top of the screen.

We suggest the Group Leader checks the audio set-up with a helpful friend before hosting their first virtual meeting.

We suggest that when you arrange meetings you let all group members know in advance that, if it looks as though you’re going to run out of time with your free 40 minutes, should that actually happen and you get cut off, everyone should log off and just log back on again using the same invitation settings.
Virtual meetings are great – although they can be quite tiring! But the great thing is that they’re free – and of course you can chop the course into as many bite-sized pieces as you like. Although each course is divided into either 4 or 5 sessions, you can take as many zoom meetings as you like to complete each session. In our experience, people are enjoying the fellowship that being part of a group brings – and you could ‘meet’ more often than weekly, if that suits everyone.