NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a platform for econtent to libraries worldwide, has announced an agreement with Random House Audio Group to distribute Books on Tape, Listening Library, and Living Language titles. Librarians will be able to select from a catalog of more than 600 Books on Tape titles, with new releases added on a monthly basis.
Books on Tape Audio Group is a division of Random House, Inc., an English-language general trade book publisher. The Books on Tape collection includes best-selling and award-winning spoken-word material ranging from adult unabridged fiction and nonfiction from Books on Tape, to children's audiobooks from Listening Library, to self-study foreign language programs from Living Language. Librarians can pre-order Books on Tape titles for delivery in February 2007. NetLibrary will also waive access fees on purchase of all Books on Tape, Listening Library, and Living Language titles made before March 31, 2007. Authors featured in the initial list from Books on Tape include: Mitch Albom; Maya Angelou; Jane Austen; Ann Brashares; Libba Bray; Meg Cabot; Kate DiCamillo; Charles Dickens; William Faulkner; Sue Grafton; Carl Hiaasen; John Irving; Jonathan Kellerman; Dean Koontz; Lois Lowry; Mary Pope Osborne; Phillip Pullman; Anna Quindlen; Anne Rice; Louis Sachar; Jerry Spinelli; Danielle Steel; and Jules Verne.
Library users will be able to search for, preview, download and listen to Books on Tape titles through the NetLibrary platform via the internet. Users can download up to 10 portable e-Audiobooks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. e-Audiobooks will download or play on any desktop or laptop running supported media software programs and operating systems. Users can also transfer titles to supported portable devices, including portable music players and portable media centers. Users can gain access to the platform in a variety of ways, including through OCLC WorldCat, OCLC Open WorldCat, WorldCat.org, and directly from the NetLibrary platform.