21 November 2007

A new venture

A group of approximately 25 libraries in the state have gotten together to organize providing downloadable audio book service on a statewide level here in Vermont.

Downloadable audio books allow your patrons to access titles through the Internet (or, if you are automated, through your catalog as well) and download them onto their computer or an approved mp3 player. Some titles may be allowed to be burned to cd. Libraries of any size, regardless of whether or not they are automated, can provide this service, and libraries of any type – public, school, and academic, may join the consortium.

Service will be provided by either netLibrary, which provides content from Recorded Books, Random House, Listening Library, and Blackstone, or OverDrive, which provides content from BBC Audiobooks America, Blackstone Audio, Books on Tape, Brilliance Audio, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Listening Library, and McGraw-Hill.

Interested? Contact Stephanie Chase at the Stowe Free Library: schase[at]stowelibrary.org.

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