Wanted to drop you a note to tell you that the Netlibrary seminar I attended Nov 4 online was really really helpful. I learned a bunch of new stuff on Netlibrary — how much is now available for Ipods, the different consoles available to download to computers, directly to Ipods and MP3 players and netbooks using the minimal program, how to search by narrator (something some of our patrons rave about), how to find helpful cheat sheets, that Ebsco had bought Netlibrary and that they’ll have a new downloading deal next spring. And lots more. I immediately wrote a column for the Reaper, our newspaper, about how many more e-audiobooks can now be downloaded to MP3s and Ipods. We’ve got some patrons asking for training on e-audiobooks, including such folks as local truckers, a member of our library board, and one of local night guards who drives around the jail all night. I am hounding Linda to encourage every librarian on staff to actually DO a download so they can understand the process.
I’m so excited! I got a new iPod the other day and it’s pretty sweet if I must say so myself. I wanted to listen to a book while doing other stuff, so I went to Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library and jumped on the Overdrive link. I logged in and found a book I’ve been hankering to read for some time: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder.
It would have cost:
$8.89 on Kindle
$21.00 on Audible.com
$23.95 on iTunes
But I got it for free, compliments of Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library, which is partnered by Utah State Library and the Public Libraries in Utah. That’s why a person in any part of Utah can go to Pioneer, compliments of their local public library, and get downloadable audiobooks and ebooks at no cost to them.
It was painless to use, easier than ever before due to recent changes in the Overdrive platform. Utah State Library will be having training soon on how to use this service. Check our website to register.
Did you hear the news?
Boston Public Library, Overdrive’s partner, now has 15,000 Project Gutenberg e-books in their Overdrive collection. They are accessed through the Overdrive platform, have no checkout or check in, but are also counted in their stats. The advantage is one-stop shopping. Overdrive says it will be available to all of us in the future. Read more about it in the Library Journal article.
Anyone can go to the Project Gutenberg site and get the titles for free now, of course. There are over 33,000 e-books in the total collection. They are things that the copyright has expired on, so a classic book is in this case a classic example (sorry).
Here’s how to download from their collection to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
1. Go to the iBookstore and download the Stanza (free) or the QuickReader ($). follow the instructions below and enjoy your book.
Yesterday I posted what I thought was an original idea to use the iTunes store to provide access to library multimedia collections. I’m embarrassed. Apple is way ahead of me on this.
Apple announced back on May 30, 2007 their hosted iTunes U portal. The concept, which started at Duke University, is that universities and other institutions of learning could post courseware for students to enhance their collegiate learning experience. All content would be free without digital rights management. The Disruptive Library Technology Jester at OhioLINK immediately grasped the potential and power of using iTunes as a delivery platform to provide access to collections.
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