Thursday, November 09, 2006


Most library websites and library system websites now have links to get you into the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium site. This is a new service that allows you to "check out" audio books and download them to your computer. There is a time link which negates your access to the book when your check-out period expires. (Just like your check-out period for a hard cover book). It's a great new service that you should definitely check out if you haven't already. It sort of reminds me of the days before television where you and your family would listen to a radio drama together while each engaged in another activity of his choosing. How about listening to a book while you clean up your office. (It probably needs it ---- mine does!)

There is also a web-site that you can access that provides audio books that are in the public domain. Many of these are old classics. This site is worth checking out too. Books can be eaily downloaded as mp3 files. They can also be downloaded as podcasts in iTunes, Juice or whatever. The site gives you links to the Gutenberg project so you can download text. It also links you to Wikipedia entries about the author and the book. They are even seeking people who will read and record books to add to their collection. The site is Your library may want to add a link to this site on their web-site. Check it out with your director.


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