Check Out An Audio Book On An iPod

from the interesting-ideas... dept

Rather than checking out tapes of audio books, one library in NY (total random aside: it's a library I used to go to quite often growing up) has apparently started offering patrons an iPod Shuffle with the audio books on them already. They had looked at offering books-on-iPods before, but they were too expensive. The cheaper Shuffle is apparently perfect for holding a single book. In fact, the library says it saves them money, since the electronic versions of the audio books are much cheaper than the CD versions. To make it even easier for people to listen to, they provide cassette adapters or FM transmitters, so people can easily listen to the audio books in their cars. Seems like a pretty reasonable use of the technology... assuming people still go to libraries. Of course, it should also make you wonder why it's okay to loan out an iPod with additional content, but it's not okay to sell one.


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    seth, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 10:47am

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    Of course, it should also make you wonder why it's okay to loan out an iPod with additional content, but it's not okay to sell one.

    It probably has to do with the licence the library purchases for the content. Of course, that doesn't make it make sense.

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 12:15pm

    Oh, a slightly off-topic question

    A friend of mine is interested in buying an iPod Shuffle for listening to audio books, but he can't find info anywhere that specifies whether or not the Shuffle remembers where you left off at and lets you start listening from that same point at a later time.

    Anybody know?

     

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    Greg Cerveny, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 2:26pm

    Denver Library WMA

    The denver library offers wma's which is a little more portable than the propietary apple format.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 3rd, 2005 @ 6:35pm

    Re: Denver Library WMA

    umm, the ipod plays mp3's. It was never mentioned that this was done using protected aac.

     

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