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Truckies and others reading on the job as audio book market booming for libraries

News from Sydney Morning Herald: Stocking up: Long-distance truck driver Rod Hannifey is a lover of audio books. Photo: Peter Rae Trucker Rod Hannifey says he is a huge reader on the road, which terrifies the pants off people who don’t know the road train driver is referring to audio books.  On a return trip between Melbourne and Dubbo a week ago, he had “read” Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, which was “good,” Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave, only “all right”, and fantasy/science fiction Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. “I didn’t really get into that,” he said. Across NSW, particularly in rural areas, the audience for audio or talking books is booming. Happy customer: Truck drivers like Hannifey are some of the most loyal audio book customers. Photo: Peter Rae Farmers on tractors are listening d……………. … Read entire article »

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E-books at Chicago public libraries nearly doubling in popularity

News from Chicago Sun-Times: BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter fspielman@suntimes.com October 18, 2012 12:10PM Brian Bannon was named new Chicago Public Library Commissioner by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday at City Hall. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times storyidforme: 38682584tmspicid: 12120497fileheaderid: 5535756 Updated: October 19, 2012 2:33AM Chicago Public Library patrons are downloading nearly twice as many e-books, audio books, videos and music than they did a year ago, fueling the need to license more materials to satisfy demand, a top mayoral aide said Thursday. Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said items downloaded from the city’s website still represent only 3.2 percent of the 7.35 million items circulated through Sept. 30. But Bannon said, “It grew by 80 percent from last year and is an increasingly popular……………. continues on Chicago Sun-Times >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Electronic audio device Playaway proves popular at Oklahoma City libraries

News from NewsOK.com: Copyright ©2012 The Associated Press. Produced by NewsOK.com All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com | Published: September 15, 2012 Oklahoman    Leave a comment An electronic device the size of a deck of playing cards and containing up to 80 hours of preloaded audio content is available now for loan from the Oklahoma County Metropolitan Area Library System. Oklahoma City Library Marketing Director Kim Terry on Friday shows one of the new Playaway devices used to listen to audiobooks, Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman Multimedia continues on NewsOK.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Kewanee, Atkinson libraries get grants to help impaired patrons

News from Kewanee Star Courier: Public libraries in Kewanee and Atkinson are among 40 Illinois libraries and community college learning resource centers that will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.“Many Illinois public libraries provide services for patrons who have visual or physical limitations that make it difficult to read regular printed materials,” Secretary of State Jesse White said. “I am pleased to be able to provide this equipment that will enable those library users to download audio books through the Internet.”The equipment consists of at least 12 Kindle 4 E-readers, five digital cartridges and five USB cables. The cartridges and cables will help libraries train and assist print disabled patrons to download audio books from the library … Read entire article »

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OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

News from InfoToday.com: Weekly News Digest June 14, 2012 — In addition to this week’s NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. CLICK HERE to view all of this week’s Weekly News Digest items. OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools OverDrive announced that it will update its audiobook download servic……………. continues on InfoToday.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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OverDrive e-books now available in one-third of Irish public libraries

News from Siliconrepublic.com: OverDrive e-books now available in one-third of Irish public libraries Interleaf Technology, a technology provider for library services, announced today that its e-books and audio books solution, OverDrive, is seeing continued growth in Irish public libraries. OverDrive is a full-service digital distributor of downloadable e-books, audio books and other digital content, which is now used in 10 county libraries across Ireland. This content is compatible with all major desktop and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices. After Amazon and Google, OverDrive is the world’s third-largest provider of e-books and audio books, with more than 800,000 titles from more than 1,000 publishers, including selections from Random House, HarperCollins, BBC Audiobooks America and Harlequin. Worldwide, the service is used by more than 15,000 libraries, schools and colleges, and Bray-based Interleaf Technology, … Read entire article »

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Portsmouth Libraries To Offer Free E-Audio Book Downloads

News from AboutMyArea: Portsmouth Libraries To Offer Free E-Audio Book Downloads Author: annahowelll Published: 8th June 2012 15:14 Portsmouth libraries have announced a brand new audio book service, available to all library card holders across the city.   It’s simple, if you’ve already got a library card all you need to do is visit the OneClickdigital website to sign up and browse hundreds of titles, ready to download at the click of a button. If you don’t have a library card just pop into your local branch, you’ll be signed up in minutes and free to discover the great new audio collection.   From Stieg Larsson’s bestsellers and Dan Brown’s thrillers, to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, there are hundreds of adult and teen fiction titles available. Many more will be added over the next few … Read entire article »

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” readers face long wait at Colorado libraries

News from Denver Post: Want to borrow “Fifty Shades of Grey?” It’s going to be a long, heart-pounding wait at the local library. All 185 print, 50 eBook and 14 audio book copies of the first of volume of E.L. James’ adult erotic trilogy are checked out of the Denver Public Library and 1,424 people had placed holds by early Thursday afternoon. Those numbers are growing by the hour, library spokeswoman Jen Morris said. “I was at the airport the other day, and it seemed like everyone was reading it — even men,” Arapahoe Library District spokeswoman Jessica Sidener said with a laugh. Colorado readers have been slow to warm to the steamy novel, which as of Tuesday, has sold more than 10 million copies across all platforms since it This undated image released by Vintage … Read entire article »

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Gilbert councilman: Libraries should drop fiction audio books

News from KPNX-12: by Parker Leavitt – May. 10, 2012 08:57 AMThe Republic | azcentral.com As the Gilbert Town Council considers the future of its library system, conservative Councilman Victor Petersen suggested the town’s two libraries should cut what he considers “entertainment” offerings, including fiction audio books. “I don’t think it’s our job to subsidize entertainment,” Petersen said last week at a televised council meeting. “Those are things like movies and audio books, specifically fiction audio or things like that.” For several months, the council has explored the possibility of seizing control of its two libraries from Maricopa County, which currently operates them as part of a regional district. Gilbert provides funding for the libraries at a cost of about $ 3.3 million a year. The town’s Southeast Regional and Perry branches give … Read entire article »

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South Florida libraries offer free e-books, music and more with mobile technology

News from Sun-Sentinel: Move over Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. The local library is horning in on your territory, using cutting-edge technology to deliver electronic books, audio books and even music for free. Libraries are employing the same high-tech delivery methods as online retailers, using QR Codes, mobile applications and websites to deliver the goods on the go. You won’t need to pull out your credit card, either. “It’s become quite clear that libraries need to keep up with the times as far as mobile technology and e-books are concerned,” says Stephen Grubb, E-Services manager for Broward County Libraries. “About a third of the country has e-readers, so libraries need to be able to keep up with current technology. When people think of e-books, we want them to think of the library, … Read entire article »

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