Downloadable Audio Books
Downloadable audio books are just like the audio books you get at the library, except that you download them directly onto your computer. From there, you may be able to burn the title onto cd, and all titles are transferrable onto a portable device. We even have titles available in the mp3 format for our iPod users!
OverDrive Downloadable Audio Books
In 2008, we began to offer downloadable audio book service to our card holders through the Listen Up! Vermont program, brought to you by the Green Mountain Library Consortium and OverDrive. All you need to download is your library card.
Participation in the Listen Up! Vermont program was made possible through a generous grant from the Oakland Foundation.
Recorded Books One Click Downloadable Audio Books
We're pleased to add a new option for our audio book listeners, the Recorded Books One Click program. All you need to log in is your library card number.
The Recorded Books collection leans more towards literary titles, classics, and lifelong learning, such as the Modern Scholar titles. Participation in the program is made possible through a generous gift from the Friends of Stowe Free Library and our membership in the Green Mountain Library Consortium.
Free Downloadable Audio Books
There are many services online to access downloadable audio books in the public domain. Try some of the following sites:
- Audio Books for Free, http://www.audiobooksforfree.com/
- Learn Out Loud, http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video
- LibriVox, http://librivox.org/, one of the best-known sites, focuses entirely on recordings of works in the public domain
Downloadable Audio Books for the print-disabled
If you meet the criteria for services through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, you might be interested in the service provided by Unabridged (http://www.unabridged.info). Unabridged provides content to eligible individuals through OverDrive, and the collection is astounding.
Call the Special Services Unit of the Vermont Department of Libraries at 1.800.479.1711 for more information on the program, and to determine eligibility. We would be more than happy here at the Stowe Free Library to assist you in completing any necessary paperwork to access the program.
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