Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak public library adds audiobook download station
  
Kodiak public library adds audiobook download station
by Wes Hanna / whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com
Dec 12, 2011 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The Kodiak public library has a new tool for its online service that distributes audiobooks digitally. Now even people without Internet access or a personal computer can borrow an audiobook by downloading it directly to their digital music player.

The A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library has added a download station that connects to the ListenAlaska catalog of thousands of audiobooks and CDs. Patrons need only bring their music player, such as an iPod, along with the connecting cords and have their public library card number and PIN handy.

The download station is self-serve and has a screen that prompts users step by step on how to accomplish the download. It will even test the music player connected to make sure it is compatible with the audiobook files.

The digital distribution of audiobooks is a service through ListenAlaska, which kicked off at the public library in January. The program has been growing by leaps and bounds throughout the year.

The service requires software to be installed on a computer to listen to the audiobooks. The digital materials have a built-in loan period after which they disappear from the computer or music player.

Contact Mirror writer Wes Hanna at whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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