The New York Public Library has announced it will launch a digital audio book collection intended to allow cardholders to download audio books from the Internet, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Users can listen to a range of fiction and nonfiction books on portable devices, CD players, or via their PCs and laptops.
Listeners can choose from 700 titles in fiction, narrative nonfiction, business, biography, self-help, and language instruction. Available titles range from recent bestsellers such as The 9/11 Commission Report and The Jane Austen Book Club to Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Users may listen to digital audio books via computer or laptop; burn to CD for playing in the car or on stereo; or transfer to portable devices, including Windows Media-compatible MP3 players.
Digital audio books circulate for 21 days and are available for free Internet downloading 24-hours a day through the Library's Web site.