Thursday, September 5, 2013

Library brings downloadable audiobooks, e-magazines to a device near you

Two new services are offering Randolph County Public Library cardholders a much wider selection of downloadable audiobooks, and access by computer and mobile device to new issues of many popular magazines.

The audiobooks from OneClick Digital and magazines from Zinio are available via the library’s website,

Unlike library ebooks, most of the audiobooks and all the magazine issues are available for simultaneous use, meaning any number of library patrons can check out the same item at the same time.

The initial collection of some 30 Zinio magazine titles includes National Geographic Interactive, Us Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, O The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Family Handyman, Newsweek and Food Network Magazine, among others.

Magazines issues can be read on a computer or via the Zinio mobile app on tablets and smartphones. There’s no time limit or “due date” on an issue once it’s checked out.

The initial collection of downloadable audiobooks from OneClick Digital includes 3,000 popular titles for adults and 1,000 popular titles for children and teens. The library will purchase new titles to add to the collection on an ongoing basis.

Audiobooks in the initial collection are available for simultaneous use, but those added by the library will be available to one borrower at a time.

The audiobooks can be downloaded to personal computers and are compatible with any listening device, including iPods and MP3 players. Apps for iPhones/iPads and Andriod devices also are available. 

For more information or for assistance using the new services, call 318-6803.