Derbyshire County Council’s libraries first started offering ebooks back in 2011 and is now starting a new service, that of eaudiobooks which users can download on their device and listen. The service is open to all members of the library that is now offering about a thousand titles to begin with. One of the inherent benefits of the service is that it can be availed of by the members 24 X 7 and from anywhere in the world. Also, the eaudiobooks can be downloaded on a wide range of devices such as smartphones, PCs, MP3 players and tablet PCs though not on Kindle devices since Amazon does not support DRM.
As per the library’s guidelines, members will be issued the eaudiobooks for a period of 21 days post which, the eaudiobook will expire unless it is renewed or returned. There are no overdue charges to worry about though. Members will also have the option to download up to 5 eaudiobook at a time. If the eaudiobook isn’t available for download, users can reserve it for free and will be issued a notification once the book becomes available once again. The eaudiobook also offers several convenient features including the ability to slow down the playback speed to allow ample time for the listeners to comprehend the content.
Among the eudiobook titles on offer in the fiction genre include Citadel by Kate Mosse, Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Similarly, there are other sections as well such as biographies along with titles dedicated to kids and children.
“This is a welcome and exciting development in our libraries. People throughout the county will be able to browse and download the titles of their choice at a time to suit them. It will also help to build on the success of our eBook service by reaching those people who are unable to access library buildings or traditional books,” said Councillor Ellie Wilcox, Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities.