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Check Out Audiobook Download Service

News from The Ledger: Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 2:48 p.m. Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 2:48 p.m. Check out One Click Digital, the new audiobook downloading service provided by the Polk County Library Cooperative. Titles are compatible with iTunes and Windows Media MP3. Set up your personal account today. You’ll find a link at catalog.mypclc.org; look for the logo prominently displayed to the right of the search fields. At the libraries: AUBURNDALE Nighty-night, it’s “Bedtime Stories” at Story Time. Their group meets 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for age 2, and 10:30 a.m. Thursday for ages 3-5. Stories, songs and more. Knitting & Crochet group meets 4 p.m. Monday. BARTOW “Great Groundhogs!” will be our theme with Miss Melissa this week at Story Times. Included are stories, finger plays, music, crafts, games and films. Ages 6-8 meet … Read entire article »

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Find, buy, & listen to audiobooks on Android with Audiobooks Now

News from Virtual-Strategy Magazine: (1888PressRelease) Virginia based Booksfree.com today announced the launch of the newly updated Audiobooks Now for Android devices running on Android 2.1 or later. A fully stand-alone mobile audiobook resource, this unique app gives Android users a central destination from where they can purchase, download, and listen to audiobooks easily while on the go. Vienna, Virginia — Booksfree.com, a leading online book and audiobook rental provider, was excited today to announce the release of the newly updated version of Audiobooks Now onto the Android Market. Compatible with all Android devices running on Android 2.1 or later, Audiobooks Now represents an industry leading hub where Android users can purchase, download, and listen to audiobooks on the go quickly and easily. This intuitive, user friendly app gives you instant access to … Read entire article »

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Audiobooks.com launches North America’s first cloud-based streaming service

News from Quill & Quire: A Toronto startup hopes to compete in the subscription audiobook market by offering the first cloud-based streaming service in North America. For $ 24.95 per month, Audiobooks.com subscribers can use any Internet-enabled Android or Apple mobile device to access unlimited audiobooks. Because all files are stored in a cloud, or network, listeners can have several books on the go and may login using any compatible device. Cloud-based streaming avoids the need for downloads and offers “instant gratification,” says Ian Small, general manager at Audiobooks.com. “The idea of accessibility anywhere, anytime – that’s the real big difference.” Small says Audiobooks.com, a subsidiary of the CD-rental and downloads company Simply Audiobooks, launched in response to the rise of digital media. “We really had to look at what we could do … Read entire article »

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Yuri Rasovsky, Dramatist for the Ear, Is Dead at 67

News from New York Times: Yuri Rasovsky, whose boyhood revelation that radio drama transcends the stage — because listeners must make imaginative leaps to “see” the action — propelled his career as a leading creator of radio plays and audio books, died on Jan. 18 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 67. The cause was esophageal cancer, said Lorna Raver, his companion and only survivor. Mr. Rasovsky, a high school dropout, was known for the hefty historical radio series he made for the National Radio Theater, which he founded in Chicago in 1973. These included “The Odyssey of Homer” (1980), starring Barry Morse and Irene Worth and winner of the George Foster Peabody Award, and “Dateline 1787,” about the writing of the American Constitution. As audio drama faded from the airwaves, Mr. … Read entire article »

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Audiobooks.com Launches the First Unlimited Cloud-Based Service for Audio Books

News from Sacramento Bee: TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Audiobooks.com announced today the launch of the first unlimited cloud-based audio book service. For $ 24.95 per month, users can take advantage of unlimited cloud-based audio content via an Android or Apple mobile device with no need to return audio books, no long-term contracts and no time constraints on audio book use. Audiobooks.com features several technical innovations that are unavailable from any other audio book source. Since it’s a cloud-based service, Audiobooks.com allows users to instantly access thousands of popular titles from anywhere using an Internet-enabled mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet. There are no storage constraints because the content resides on the cloud, and users can access and play audio books instantly with no downloading … Read entire article »

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To get some audiobooks, you’ve got to be blind

News from USA TODAY: WASHINGTON – Generations of young people have thrilled to the crackling wit of Holden Caulfield, the teenage narrator of The Catcher in the Rye. But if you want to hear an authorized audiobook of J.D. Salinger’s seminal 1951 novel, you’ll need what amounts to a doctor’s prescription. By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY “Just read it honestly”: Ray Hagen, a renowned audiobook reader, records last week in a National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped studio in Washington, D.C. By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY “Just read it honestly”: Ray Hagen, a renowned audiobook reader, records last week in a Na……………. continues on USA TODAY >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Chicago Tribune: The American Library Assn. announced the 2012 winners of its annual Newbery, Caldecott, Printz … Read entire article »

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Digital Lending Attracts New Users to the Public Library

News from Santa Barbara Independent: EBooks—books in digital form that are downloaded to your home computer or portable devices such as Kindle, iPad, or smartphone—were first added to circulation in August 2010. Since then, over five thousand new patrons of the Santa Barbara Public Library have signed up for the OverDrive service, which provides eBook and downloadable audiobook services to libraries throughout the country. Many more people have become digital patrons through the BlackGold Cooperative library system, which covers libraries throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The ease of downloading eBooks or audiobooks online, 24/7—and the fact that many popular titles are available—have contributed to the dramatic rise in popularity of digital library loans. Digital lending is also growing in popularity among younger readers—teens, tweens, and kids. Spencer Love, … Read entire article »

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Audiobook Cutter Pares Down Lengthy Audio Files Into Customized Segments

News from Lifehacker: Windows: As a frequent audiobook and podcast listener I find that most of the time long audio files of an hour or more aren’t terrible to deal with until you lose your place and try to find it again while driving or running. Usually this means pulling your car over, skipping and fast forwarding for a minute or two until you’ve found your place again. The free version of Audiobook Cutter lets you instead chop that monster file down into segments to make navigation easier. The free version doesn’t do much more than that, though. You can choose how long you want each segment (5 or 10 minutes seems to work best for me) and Audiobook Cutter will separate without re-encoding so your audio quality is not compromised. … Read entire article »

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Library offers access to digital titles online

News from Louisville Courier-Journal: The Oldham County Public Library wants residents to think of them for all their literary needs — not just books. So the library has embraced e-readers, tablets and mp3 players by offering access to more than 14,000 digital titles online. It also has classes on using the devices and is training staff so they can help library patrons. E-readers, tablets and mp3 players “have just increased readers’ appetites for books,” said Bethany Morse, the public services outreach librarian at the main branch in La Grange. “And people are going to come here no matter what the media is.” E-readers and tablets — including the Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and Apple iPad — seemed to be the big Christmas gift for Oldham Countians, said Susan Eubank,Oldham County … Read entire article »

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Monmouth County Library launches new e-Book and audiobook site

News from Asbury Park Press: Looking for titles for your Nook, Kindle or smart phone? Your Monmouth County library card can get you titles for free! This January, the Monmouth County Library launched Library on the Go, your source for e-Books and audiobooks. All it takes is a valid resident Monmouth County Library card to check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://monmouth.lib.overdrive.com Card holders are invited to browse the Library’s collection of e-Books and audiobooks, check out titles with your library card, and download them to PC, Mac, e-book readers, and many portable mobile devices. “The Monmouth County Library is pleased to offer our patrons improved access to the latest technology of e-Books and audio books with our new service, Library on the Go,” said Renee B. Swartz, chair of … Read entire article »

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