Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Downloadable eAudio Books


On April 15, 2010, the University Libraries at UNCG, through NC LIVE, began offering a new collection of downloadable audio books via Ingram Digital's MyiLibrary Audio Book Platform. The initial collection contained 750 titles, focusing primarily on language learning, history, biography, and classic literature. The eAudio content is downloadable to either an iPod or MP3 player, and playable on a PC or Mac computer.

On Friday, May 14, NC LIVE added the second installment of downloadable audio books to it's new collection, available from: http://uncgreensboro.myilibraryaudio.com/. As with the previous installment, the new titles were made available with an LSTA grant from the State Library of North Carolina. The new titles include approximately 250 new titles, as well as additional copies of previously owned content. The collection now contains nearly 1300 copies of audio books for public and academic libraries across the state.

Each audio book user will need to set up their own personal "bookshelf" within MyiLibrary, which functions much like a shopping cart. After adding items to their bookshelf, patrons can then download their audio book and listen directly from their computer, or add it to their iPod or MP3 player.

For books that are unavailable because all copies are checked out, patrons can place a hold. An email notification will let the patron know when their book is available for download.

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