SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

March 20, 2006 08:20 ET

Boston Public Library Adds Download Stations for Audiobooks and Music

Visitors to Central Library invited to borrow digital novels

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- This week patrons and special visitors to the Boston Public Central Library at Copley Square have a new service that enables them to borrow audiobooks and music without making a stop at the check-out desk. Rather than selecting audio CDs or tapes, they can plug in an MP3/WMA player to an Internet-connected PC in the library to download spoken word novels and classical music. OverDrive Download Stations were installed as nearly 10,000 public librarians arrive in town this week as they convene for the Public Library Association National Conference.

"Our patrons have been enthusiastically downloading thousands of audiobooks, foreign language learning titles, children's audio, and recordings since we launched download audio last year," stated Bernard Margolis, President of the Boston Public Library. "Now we invite those without Internet access at home or work to come inside the Central Library with a portable audio player to enjoy the same benefits of these digital materials. The timing of the service overlaps with the arrival of the nation's public librarians who will be attending numerous events at the Central Library this week," Mr. Margolis added.

Popular selections available to borrow from download stations include "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis, "Anyone But You" by Jennifer Crusie, "Hour Game" by David Baldacci, "Walking, The Ultimate Exercise for Optimum Health" by Andrew Weil as well as novels from Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, and Bernard Cromwell. Among the dozens of language titles available include "Dr. Blair's Chinese In No Time," "Arabic On The Move," "Instant Immersion Japanese," and "French On The Move For Kids." Patrons can also download and enjoy "Gershwin: An American in Paris / Porgy and Bess" as well as "Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story."

Download Stations at Boston Public Library prompt the user to connect a player to the PC using a USB port or cable. The service performs a device test to confirm the player is compatible with copy-protected audiobooks and music. After the patron enters a library card and checks-out a title it is transferred to the patron's player. Supported devices include popular MP3 players from Creative Labs, Rio, Toshiba, Sandisk, Dell, and Pocket PCs and Smartphones. The application does not support iPod.

All library card holders are invited to use the new service by visiting http://overdrive.bpl.org. The catalog includes titles from award-winning narrators from Brilliance Audio, Blackstone Audiobooks, HarperAudio, Time Warner Audiobooks, BBC Audiobooks and many others.

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