ABBE Opens Digital Branch Library

ABBE Digital Branch Library

In September, the ABBE Regional Library will unveil its newest service: downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and video, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the library’s website.   

Download Audiobooks, eBooks & VideosThis new service, powered by OverDrive, is free to ABBE patrons with a library card.   Patrons can browse the collection, check out with their cards, and download to PC, Mac, and many other mobile devices.  

To get started, patrons will need to download free software, available on the library’s website.   Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, include iPod, Sony Reader, and others.  Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen to on-the-go.   At the end of the lending period, the titles automatically expire.   There are no lending fees.

We’re able to offer this new service thanks to a federal Library Services and Technology grant, administered by the South Carolina State Library.  

When I began to discuss plans for the new service with staff, library board members, and Friends’ officers earlier this summer,  I was heartened by their enthusiastic response.  Based on these conversations, as well as comments received on the library’s website,  many members of our community are interested in or are actively making the shift to downloadable audio and electronic books.  That is certainly the case in other parts of the  country. 

Bestselling author Laura Lippman’s latest thriller,  I’d Know You Anywhere was released on August 17 and sold more e-book copies than physical hardcovers in its first five days of publication.   Some futurists are predicting e-books will capture 25% or more of the publishing market in the next two years.  I’m not sure how quickly that will happen but it is clear from these statistics we are in the midst of a sea change.  This fall, ABBE patrons can begin testing the waters.

Audiobooks, eBooks & Video 24/7

 

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