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Rapid City Public Library now offers downloadable audiobooks through a subscription to NetLibrary. Downloadable eAudiobooks from NetLibrary and Recorded Books are digital versions of the latest best sellers as well as classics. Over 1000 fiction and non-fiction titles are available for download. The books can be downloaded to a personal computer that – more... supports Windows Media Player (version 9 or above) and listened to on the computer. The book can also be downloaded from your computer onto as many as two portable listening devices including MP3 players, although since they come in .wma format they currently will not work with iPods. NetLibrary has a great section that explains the type of equipment needed to use this feature, as well as other details about using the audiobooks. Enrollment in NetLibrary is necessary before using the service and is easy as contacting Reference Services at the Rapid City Public Library. Enrollment can also be done online at the Rapid City Public Library website under "Books and Media" at the top of the home page. Your library card is then used to log into NetLibrary. Would you like to try a book before you check it out? A brief description of the book is available as well as an option to download and listen to a preview of the book - usually about 3 minutes. If you like what you hear, you can check out the audiobook for three weeks. It can be renewed one time if it is done before the due date. If it is not renewed before the due date, the book stays on your computer or portable device but you are no longer able to listen to it. Up to ten audiobooks may be checked out to your account at one time. Have you ever stopped at the reference desk at the library to ask about an audiobook that you want to take on a trip with you? The reply may be "Yes, we do have that audiobook, but it is checked out right now. Would you like to be placed on the hold list? We will notify you when it is returned". This scenario is a relic of the past now that NetLibrary allows multiple checkouts of its eAudiobooks. A wide variety of titles are available, including classics and current bestsellers. The largest collection is comprised of fiction books, but some non-fiction and biographies are available. Children's classics such as Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and Wizard of Oz are among the titles that may be enjoyed by the whole family. Other classic authors to enjoy include Jane Austen, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Sinclair Lewis and William Shakespeare. Or maybe you've got a desire to listen to contemporary favorites Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Dan Brown or even Dr. Phil McGraw. A great feature of these audiobooks is that they are all unabridged, meaning you will be listening to the whole book and not an abbreviated version. Some are very long, including David Copperfield which will give you thirty-eight hours of entertainment - that would cover a very long road trip. The length of the recording is given before you download the book so that you will know how many hours it will last. The whole family can enjoy the audiobook by using an FM transmitter to listen to the book through your car or home radio. Another nice feature of this service is the ability to create a list for future reference. As you browse the list of available titles you may find several that you would like to listen to at a later date. These titles can be stored in a list at NetLibrary and can be accessed, checked out and downloaded anytime that you are logged into your account. So if you are planning a summer trip or you know you need to go to the gym but can't stand the idea of a long boring hour on the treadmill, come in to or call the Rapid City Public Library at 394-6139 ext 501. We'll help you get started on this very portable and very enjoyable form of entertainment. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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