Most Vermont public libraries have joined the Green Mountain Library Consortium, an organization that offers “free downloadable audio books available 24/7.” Since I have a valid Putney Public Library card; I wanted to try it the downloading process before I recommended it to others and the process was as easy as described.
From: STOWE, VT–(Marketwire – March 24, 2008)
“Green Mountain Library Consortium now offers free downloadable audio books available 24/7, anytime, anywhere! Patrons can now access a diverse collection of audio titles spanning from fiction and non-fiction to foreign language and mystery, as well as staff picks. To view the entire collection, visit www.listenupvermont.org.
Patrons can breeze through the easy process of browsing for titles and downloading using the free software, OverDrive Media Console, and a valid library card. Patrons can check out and download titles to a home PC, transfer to supported portable devices, such as MP3 players, and burn many titles to CD.
The collection has everything from popular and classic titles to teen books and riveting biographies. Exciting new titles include “7th Heaven” by James Patterson and “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer. Other notable authors include Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, and George Orwell.
“Reading has never been so instantaneously accessible for patrons,” states Stephanie Chase, Director of Stowe Free Library. “With downloadable audio books, patrons can listen to their favorite titles at home or on the go.”
Customers can check out up to two titles at a time. At the end of the seven-day loan period, the audio books automatically expire and are returned to the collection. The digital titles have no late fees or damage costs.