NetLibrary Launches eAudiobook Subject Sets for Libraries

Apr 06, 2007


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OCLC's NetLibrary, a platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, has launched its first collection of eAudiobook Subject Sets for the U.S. library market.

e-Audiobook Subject Sets are bundled sets of titles, each set offered at a fixed price. This new collection of Subject Sets is available to all library types through NetLibrary's e-Audiobook purchase program. Developed by NetLibrary collection development librarians, e-Audiobook Subject Sets provide a way for libraries to offer downloadable e-Audiobook titles to their users. NetLibrary is currently introducing nine e-Audiobook Subject Sets: Biography, Business, Children's Fiction, Classics, Learning Guides, Mystery & Suspense, Popular Nonfiction, Self-Help, and Young Adult Fiction. NetLibrary's eAudiobook Subject Sets feature titles from the audiobook publishers: Books on Tape, Listening Library, Living Language and Blackstone Audio.

Titles are never duplicated from set to set, allowing libraries to own more than one Subject Set without overlapping their collections. Delivery of OCLC MARC records is provided at no extra charge. Users can search for, preview and check out e-Audiobooks from their personal computers at home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users may check out up to 10 e-Audiobooks at a time. e-Audiobooks can be downloaded or played on desktop, laptop or portable devices that support Windows Media Player version 9 and above. Users can also transfer favorite titles to a range of portable devices, including portable music players, portable media centers, and Pocket PCs.

(www.oclc.org; www.netlibrary.org)