Hi, I found an downloadable audio book and put it on hold yesterday. Today it is still on hold and says "Status: Not ready for download" I was
Thanks for your question.
When you see an ebook or downloadable audio book that has a "place a hold" button rather than "check out" that means that someone else currently has the title checked out. So in this case, "Not ready for download" simply means the previous person (or persons) hasn't finished with it.
While in theory multiple copies can and do exist, libraries can only check out a limited number (usually 1 or 2 for us) at one time. This is how libraries are able to checkout ebooks - otherwise the publishers could legitimately say we were giving their titles away for free!
When the people ahead of you are done with the title you requested, it will then be available for you to download.
Thanks again for asking. Let us know if you have further questions.