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Digital Audiobook Lending Is Finding Its Groove

News from Publishers Weekly: By all indications, digital audiobook lending is growing in popularity among library patrons across a number of demographics. Why the sudden upturn? It appears to be the result of a convergence of factors, among them changes to patron lifestyles, advancements in vendor technology, and publishers’ increased attention to the library market. Interest in digital audiobooks, which can be downloaded from the Cloud, is shifting across a number of age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds, from younger patrons who are accessing digital audiobooks via online apps to older patrons who sometimes have difficulty getting to and from the library. According to Stephanie Anderson, head of reader services at Darien Public Library, in Connecticut, digital audiobook interest among Darien’s patrons is very high, with circulation consistently increasing every month. “[In October], … Read entire article »

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Renton digital studio making noise in the world of audio books

News from Renton Reporter: Matt Armstrong narrates a book in the Open Book Audio studio. — image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter An audio digital book production company has opened in Renton. Open Book Audio, created in 2009 by Matt Armstrong and Andrew Parker, was formerly based in Redmond, but because of Renton’s attractiveness as a place to live, Armstrong recently moved his part-time business to the city. “My favorite part about doing Open Book Audio is that it allows me the opportunity to get back to my performing roots from the comfort of my own home,” said Armstrong via email. “I can combine my love of reading with my performing background in order to put out a product I’m really proud of.” Open Book Audio has about 120 titles in their catalogue, which Armstrong said is … Read entire article »

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At Your Library: Digital audio books make it easy to ‘read’ on the go

News from Fayetteville Observer: Related By Kellie Tomita In the world of apps, eReaders and all things digital, your library is keeping up with the times. And with OneClick digital, we’re making it easy for you to keep up with your “reading” on the go. OneClick digital is a new service for downloading audio books from Recorded Books. OneClick digital provides instant access to more than 2,700 audio book titles for all ages. Most titles in our OneClick digital collection are always available to multiple readers. There are no hold requests to place and no waiting. If you find something you like, you can download it immediately. One ClickDigital has a large selection of African-American and Christian fiction and many titles not available through N.C. Digital Library. To get started, visit cumberland.lib.nc.us. Under “Quick Links,” select … Read entire article »

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Perkins School: Access to digital books for all

News from Wicked Local: The Boston Public Library (BPL) has launched a new service with the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library to provide digitized copies of books to the visually impaired. This new Digital Access Project allows patrons of the BPL and the Perkins library the ability to translate any book in the BPL into Braille or audio book format, in as little as 48 hours. Books requested at the BPL are quickly translated into a copyright protected format called Digital Audio Information System or, DAISY. A team of six staff members works with semi-automated machines to scan the book in as little time possible, page by page. In the best case, patrons can access a digitized, readable formatted book file at the BPL within 24 hours. An Internet library archives company … Read entire article »

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OneClickdigital joins selection of RI Library digital services

News from Quad-Cities Online: Press release submitted by Rock Island Public Library Audiobook listeners gain more options with OneClickdigital from Rock Island Library Audiobook listeners now have another option for downloading and checking out their favorite books from the Rock Island Public Library. The library has subscribed to OneClickdigital, an easy-to-use web service that provides downloadable access to thousands of digital audiobooks from Recorded Books and other major publishers. “We are always looking for new avenues to serve the needs of our patrons,” says Tricia Kane, director of extensions, Rock Island Library. “Adding OneClickdigital provides us with another way to satisfy patron demand for downloadable audiobooks. This collection of more than 3,500 titles serves many diverse reading options and allows us to be responsive to the requests of our patrons.” OneClickdigital provides Rock Island Library … Read entire article »

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Classic ‘Sweet Pickles’ Books Now Available in Digital Form

News from Embedded.com: LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Bento Box Interactive has brought one of the most successful, award-winning, young reader literary properties in history—”Sweet Pickles”—to a new digitally enhanced format that augments the story experience, and the fun, as never before. The company has announced the launch of the “Sweet Pickles” series in the E-book format—an experience that includes state-of-the-art production techniques, professional sound effects, narration, and character voices performed by award-winning voice actors. The launch begins with the first four books in the 40 book series—”Who Stole Alligator’s Shoe?,” “Very Worried Walrus” (available for a limited time as a free download from the Apple iBookstore), “Scaredy Bear,” and “Fixed by Camel.” The enhanced E-books can be found at all major online book vendor sites, including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon.com, … Read entire article »

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In a Digital Age, Braille Is Still Important

News from Wired News: Eleven-year-old Hank must hold a book or screen two inches from his eyes in order to read. Photo by Holly Miller. My eight-year-old son, Steven, has oculocutaneous albinism, a condition in which a lack of pigment in the eyes and skin causes varying degrees of poor vision, light sensitivity, and vulnerability to sunburn. My son’s vision is only mildly affected, but even so, he must wear dark glasses every time he sets foot out-of-doors. My friend Holly Miller’s eleven-year-old son, Hank, also has albinism, and in Hank’s case, the effects on his vision are severe. He is legally blind. By the time Hank entered second grade, Holly and her husband Jeff were aware that reading the printed word was an exhausting and difficult experience for their son. They realized … Read entire article »

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Getting literary in the digital age

News from The Record (New Westminster): Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://www.royalcityrecord.com/Getting%20literary%20digital/6439862/story.html .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. ……………. continues on The Record (New Westminster) >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Slate Magazine: Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 186 with Sam Anderson, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook page here: Get your 30-day free trial from our sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook, here. (Audiobook of the week: 101 >>> Read the full article … Read entire article »

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Libraries to offer workshop on downloading digital books

News from Waynesville Smoky Mountain News: Learn how to download free e-books or audio books onto your digital device at one of two events. The Macon County Public Library in Franklin will be hosting a drop-in e-reader and e-book workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 22. Drop in workshops are informal. Simply arrive and stop by the meeting room. Bring Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets, laptops or any other e-reading device. Staff will walk through the process of navigating the library e-iNC website, browsing and searching for books, connecting your device and downloading e-books. The library will also have examples of some popular e-readers that will be available to try. The Canton library will hold a North Carolina Digital Library Workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 27. At the workshop, Participants will be walked through the … Read entire article »

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More Library Patrons Downloading Digital Books

News from Patch.com: For the first time last year, Amazon.com customers bought more e-books than print books. As a result of the growing popularity of tablets, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) – and by extension the Fair Lawn Library — has been working to expand its e-book and audio book selection as more patrons shift their reading medium of choice from physical books to portable tablets like the Kindle, Nook or iPad. As of Feb. 14, BCCLS had stocked 956 e-book titles and 2212 audio books titles, but because of high demand, only 17 e-book titles and 1391 audio book titles were available for check out. The rest are on hold. For now, reference librarian Leslie Kruegel said the wait for e-books is typically longer than the wait for physical books. But that may be … Read entire article »

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