Can't you check out the audio books from the library and rip them onto your ipod using iTunes? Just like any other CD? I know it's more work than just downloading it, but it's the same end result.
Yes-- but don't tell anyone I said so (shhhhhh. :)) And in reality, I could just just download the audiobooks from the website, burn them to CDs using WMP, rip the CDs into iTunes, and then load them onto an iPod that way. But we're not even supposed to tell people that because it gets around Apple's DRM issues (again, shhhhh). It's really just a matter of the work involved. I could get an iPod and do all that, but Apple has just made me cranky by forcing me to do all that legwork.
So I take it everyone thinks an iPod is the way to go? No Zune for me? If I end up bucking the iPod train, I will let everyone know how it goes...