BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ENABLES BUSY BROOKLYNITES TO ACCESS OVER 1,000 DIGITAL AUDIO BOOKS FROM THEIR OWN HOMES

September 26, 2005

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ENABLES BUSY BROOKLYNITES TO ACCESS OVER 1,000 DIGITAL AUDIO BOOKS FROM THEIR OWN HOMES

To meet the needs of today’s technologically sophisticated library users, BPL provides a free, Internet service that allows library users to download digital audio books and e-books for listening on MP3 Players and personal computers.


(Brooklyn, NY) - September 26, 2005 - Brooklyn Public library is pleased to announce that it has launched a free online service that will enable library users to download over 1,000 eAudio Books and eBooks from their home computers and personal portable devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With this new service, library users can use their Access Brooklyn Cards (ABC) - BPL's multifunction library card - with a valid Personal Identification Number to log on to the Library's Web site at digitalbooks.brooklynpubliclibrary.org from their home computers, and download up to 15 titles at a time. The books can be read on personal computers and transferred to portable devices for reading and listening. Automatic returns after 14 days makes checking out a book stress-free.

The process is easy:

1.Download & install free digital book software
2.Register your free software
3.Check out and enjoy digital books

BPL's digital book service offers over 450 audio books and 650 eBooks online. Bestselling fiction will include novels by James Patterson and Nora Roberts. From their own homes at any time of the day, library users will also be able to download many nonfiction books within the categories of "Politics and Current Events," "Business and Careers," "Family and Self Improvement" and more. Popular children's classics will include "Alice in Wonderland" and "101 Dalmatians."

In the first ten days of the product launch, almost half of the titles were checked out. The most popular titles were 1984, Taliban and The Art of War.

Within the next month, BPL will also launch classical eMusic downloads, and by next year, eVideo downloads, as well.

For more information on BPL's collection of eAudio Books and eBooks and other online services at BPL, please visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Digital audio books have been licensed through OverDrive, Inc., a leader in managing distribution of digitized content utilizing digital rights management technology (DRM) to publishers, retailers, and libraries. Additional information about OverDrive is available at www.overdrive.com


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Brooklyn Public Library is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries offer free information, programs and computer access to people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at www.bklynlibrary.org