DUBLIN, Ohio, January 19, 2009—OCLC has released the new NetLibrary Media Center, a full-featured desktop application that allows library patrons to easily search, manage, transfer and listen to downloadable eAudiobooks. The free software application allows users to connect to NetLibrary, and then download and begin listening to eAudiobooks with just one click.
The Media Center combines familiar user functions available from NetLibrary’s Web-based platform to browse, search and check out materials, and adds enhanced features and functionality—such as a full-feature audio player; seamless download to a portable listening device; a new, feature-rich, easy-to-use interface; and desktop access to a library’s entire eAudiobook collection—for a superior user experience.
"The Media Center represents a significant advance for users of eAudiobooks," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "Users can see at a glance the eAudiobooks that are available to them through their local library or consortia. They can manage their accounts in the Media Center, and start listening to an eAudiobook with one click."
"The new Media Center simplifies management, access and use of eAudiobooks for listeners," said Matt Walker, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Recorded Books, a leading producer and distributor of eAudiobooks to public and university libraries. "The Media Center will help libraries attract more patrons to the convenience of downloadable eAudiobooks, and to the wide selection of eAudiobooks offered by Recorded Books."
eAudiobooks from NetLibrary are digital versions of audiobooks. Library patrons can search for, check out and download eAudiobooks to a computer. These eAudiobooks can also be transferred to a wide range of portable devices. Check the OCLC Web site for system specifications www.oclc.org/us/en/audiobooks/default.htm.
NetLibrary offers an expanding selection of over 9,000 eAudiobook titles spanning a variety of subject areas in both unabridged and abridged formats. The latest best-sellers, book club favorites, timeless classics and award- winning literature may now be delivered over the internet in an easily accessible format for listening anytime, anywhere. Partnerships with leading audiobook publishers ensure comprehensive and current collections that meet the diverse needs of libraries and their users.
NetLibrary’s growing list of eAudiobook Publisher partners include:
- Alcazar Audioworks
- Ascendant Audio
- BBC Audiobooks
- Blackstone Audio
- Books in Motion
- Books on Tape
- CoolBeat Audiobooks
- Encyclopedia Britannica Audio
- Freeway Guides
- Galaxy Press
- L.A. Theatre Works
- Listen & Live Audio
- Listening Library
- Live Oak Media
- Living Language
- Matrix Audio
- Methuen Drama
- Oasis Audio
- Phoenix Books & Audio
- Random House Audio
- Recorded Books
- Tantor Media
- Writer’s Audioshop
- YoYo USA (Spanish)
To download and listen to an eAudiobook, users must first create a free NetLibrary account with their library. Once an account has been created, users can log into their library’s collection from any computer with Internet access—home, school or work—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
An online demonstration of the new Media Center can be found at http://www5.oclc.org/downloads/tutorials/netlibrary/mediacenter/demo.htm.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
OCLC NetLibrary provides content and technical delivery solutions to institutional libraries, corporations and government agencies that facilitate the purchase, management and distribution of research, reference, digital learning and general interest content via Web-based technologies. NetLibrary’s eContent solution is the most broadly adopted in the market, making more than 170,000 eBooks, 6,000 eJournals, 7,500 eAudiobooks, and 83 databases available through more than 16,000 libraries worldwide. For more information, visit www.oclc.org/netlibrary/.