Library offers eAudio books now

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You don’t need to pick up a book to read it.

The Socorro Public Library has expanded to offer an eAudio service, where individuals can download books and listen to them on their computers, iPods or MP3 players.

With this service patrons don’t have to worry about returning audio books, since they are removed off the device they were downloaded onto after 21 days.

“I hope it helps the library move into a more digital, efficient era,” said reference services librarian Angelina Pacheco.

About 2,600 of these digital versions of print books are available in 15 genres, including biographies, classics, fantasy, humor, romance, science fiction and suspense.

Individuals with a library card can begin downloading eAudio books through OneClickdigital, found on the library’s website, from home or in the library. Once patrons have created an account with OneClickdigital and downloaded the media manager, they can transfer eAudio books onto an iPod or MP3 player.

Although the service has been available for about four months, library staff have been getting the kinks out of the system.

“We wanted to make sure it was going to work for everybody,” Pacheco said.

The library added the service to discover which avenue of digital books would be in higher demand — eAudio or eBooks, which are digital versions of print books.

“We wanted to see which one was better,” Pacheco said.

Through the test trial period, library staff noticed an increasing number of patrons checking out eAudio books. “We’ve come to find out we check out a lot of eAudio books,” Pacheco said.

And the response they’ve received from patrons has been “mostly good,” she said.

For more information about the Socorro Public Library’s eAudio service, call 575-835-1114.

 


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