Audio books as easy as click, click, download

Published on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Audio books as easy as click, click, download

By Tara Nelson

Whatcom County library patrons will now have anytime, anywhere access to a dynamic collection of digital audio books through a new library service, the Northwest Washington Anytime Library.

With a valid library card, library patrons can use the Northwest Washington Anytime Library link on their library’s web site,, to install free software, check out and download audio books to their PC, and then transfer titles to a supported MP3 player or burn titles to compact disc (CD).

Among the growing collection are thrillers, romance, science fiction, mysteries and popular non-fiction titles.

The digital library also features best-selling authors such as Nora Roberts and James Patterson as well as a selection of teen and children’s audio books.

“This service is great for travelers, commuters, and for those who like to listen to books while they exercise,” said Joan Airoldi, director of Whatcom County Library System. “With so many best-selling titles available, there’s sure to be something for every listener.”

Patrons can check out up to three titles at a time and at the end of the 14-day loan period, the audio books will automatically expire and return to the Northwest Washington Anytime Library collection. The digital titles have no late fees or damage costs.

The service is free to library cardholders, easy-to-use, and available 24 hours, seven days a week from anywhere in the world.

Both Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System have been offering audio books to library patrons for many years and have reallocated existing funding to address this new, downloadable format option.  Audio books are also available on cassette, CD, and via Playaways.