SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

June 06, 2005 11:50 ET

Alabama Libraries Launch New Digital Library Service

Residents Can Now Download Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Anytime of Day From Alabama's New Online Digital Resource

ORANGE BEACH, AL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 6, 2005 -- Alabama libraries are giving residents unprecedented access to popular audio books directly from their homes and offices via a new online service called Camellia Net (http://camellia.lib.overdrive.com). OverDrive, Inc., a leading vendor of downloadable audio books for libraries, supplied the technology for the new service. Camellia Net is a collaborative effort between the Cullman County Public Library System, the Thomas B. Norton Public Library in Gulf Shores, and the Orange Beach Public Library.

Camellia Net's downloadable Audiobook collection includes bestsellers and classics, fiction and non-fiction, from popular authors and leading publishers such as HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Zondervan, and John Wiley and Sons. Patrons download free reader software and then use their Cullman County, Thomas B. Norton, or Orange Beach Public Library cards to check out and download audio books.

"This is another exciting opportunity for our libraries to provide cutting-edge library services to our patrons," said Bonnie Lee, Director of the Orange Beach Public Library.

Wendy Congiardo, Director of the Thomas B. Norton Public Library in Gulf Shores, says of the new system, "Patrons will appreciate the ease of use and flexibility of this service. They can choose from romance, mysteries, study guides, computer manuals, travel guides, biographies, and more. Camellia Net will allow customers to listen to popular audio books on a tremendous range of devices including PCs, PDAs, portable audio players -- they can even burn titles directly to CD and listen to them in their car. I think they will also love the automatic return feature, which eliminates late fees." Patrons can also choose automatic email notification when a waitlisted title becomes available for checkout.

"The Cullman County Public Library System, Orange Beach Public Library and the Thomas B. Norton Public Library are committed to providing our customers with the richest array of digital resources," said Ms. Lee. "This is definitely the future of libraries, and we're proud to be among the leaders of this trend."

Questions should be directed to either the Cullman County Public Library System at 256-734-1068, the Thomas B. Norton Public Library at 251-968-1176, or the Orange Beach Public Library at 251-981-2923.

To browse downloadable audio books, go to http://camellia.lib.overdrive.com. A valid card from participating libraries is required to checkout and download audio books from the website.

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