14 January, 2008

Downloadable media arrives at Yarra Plenty!

It's always exciting to have a new media available to our borrowers, and we are very pleased to announce that audio books, music and videos are now able to be downloaded from the library's website.
There has been a big growth in digital audio book, eBook, music, and video services available from libraries, and Yarra Plenty is the first public library in Victoria to offer this service. We have started to build a download collection of digital eBooks, audio books, music, and video downloads, including best sellers and new releases.

Here's how it works: you need to first install free digital media software such as Adobe Reader, Mobipocket Reader, or the OverDrive Media Console™. The software is available for use on many devices, such as laptops, Pocket PCs, PDAs, and even Smartphones! Unfortunately, due to Digital Rights Management issues, you cannot download to iPods.

You can then choose from the digital content the library has purchased - including fiction, nonfiction, best-sellers and children's books. Classical music, feature films, movie classics, concert videos and other popular materials are also available.

You can download and enjoy these digital titles anytime, anywhere. Digital media can also be transferred to compatible devices such as MP3 players, laptops, Pocket PCs, and Palm OS devices. Many audio titles may be burned to CD and played in the car (transfer and burn permissions vary by title). The loan period is 3 weeks and there is a maximum checkout limit o 10 items. Best of all, items are automatically returned, so there's no damage, late fees, or replacement costs!
Full instructions are available on the website. It is all quite easy to follow, and I have already enjoyed the Garrison Keillor audio book Pontoon very much, as I am sure that all fans of his Lake Wobegon series will.

So, if you want to see how to make sushi, discover choral music, read German for dummies or listen to Bryce Courtney's April fools day, checkout this new service from the library.


cathyinoz said...

Audio and downloadable books are great for people who spend long periods of time working on a screen. Many days my eyes are just too tired to stay focussed on a book late at night, but I can't sleep if I haven't read -- my mp3 has been the perfect solution. But quality material has been hard to find.
I'm on my way to the catalogue to have a look now. thanks!

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