|Three Alabama libraries partner on downloadable digital books|
Three Alabama libraries have partnered on a new online service that gives customer access to popular audio books directly from their homes and offices.
The Cullman County Public Library System, the Thomas B. Norton Public
Cleveland, Ohio-based OverDrive, Inc., which sells downloadable audio books for libraries, supplied the technology for the new service called Camellia Net.
"It's like books on tape or a CD, but you download this through
a computer. Patrons at home can burn it on CD for personal use," said
And it eliminates late fees. When the lending period expires, the customer is no longer able to access the material because the computer software cuts it off. However, if they've copied it to a compact disc, there's no way to retrieve it.
popular publisher _ fiction or reference _ is making
Myrick said the new system is available for any public library in
There are other online services, such as e-books provider NetLibrary,
the coming demand, we are in the process of evaluating
She said since all of these titles will be online, "a lot of planning will have to be done on marketing these products to our public. It is one of our goals for the coming year."
She said the Birmingham library has not had much demand for popular fiction works online.
But as Ipods, PDAs, and similar products continue to become more
"It's not a huge part of the industry," said
Dean Soldner, director of
Soldner also pointed to a generational problem to overcome:
Orange Beach bucks that perception. With a population of 4,000,
Orange Beach Library Director Bonnie Lee said snowbirds _ as tourists
"We have a pretty sophisticated customer base," Lee said.
She said the library has 93 audio books available for the new service
we see that there is a demand for a particular title, we
Orange Beach is reopening its library this week after Hurricane