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Aug 18 2008

eAudiobooks–But What if I Have an iPod?!

by Nolan R

Love the Library’s eAudiobook service but have an iPod?  Unfortunately, there are currently no vendors offering downloadable audiobooks to libraries using Apple’s digital rights management format, but there are a few free options available for you on the Internet.

LibriVox is a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.  LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then “release” the audio files back onto the net.

Classic Poetry Aloud provides podcasts of, well, classic poetry.  If it’s Shakespeare, Pope, Keats, and Shelley you’re looking for, this is the place.

Podiobooks Listeners to Podiobooks.com can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from the site.  The site is free, but donations are accepted to compensate authors, who permit their works to be available on the site.

openculture is a site that collects podcasts, videos, and online courses that are freely available on the web, and claims to “sift through all the media, highlight the good and jettison the bad, and centralize it in one place.”  The link provided here takes you directly to their audiobook collection.

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Anna December 11, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I thought that the Overdrive vendor had a conversion app for iPods/Mac — at least that’s what their advertising at a recent library conference made me think. Gwinett and Cobb County systems have Overdrive for eAudiobooks — maybe DCPL could check it out?

Alison W. December 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Hi Anna– DCPL has recently signed up with Overdirve and we should be offering the service early next year. Right now we are working out all the logistical details and setting up the site. We will be promoting it heavily on our website when it becomes available, so stay tuned. Thanks!

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