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OCLC Releases NetLibrary Media Center

OCLC (www.oclc.org) 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. It adds enhanced features and functionality such as a full-featured 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.

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 website for system specifications (www.oclc.org/us/en/audiobooks/default.htm).

NetLibrary offers an expanding selection of more than 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.

An online demonstration of the new Media Center can be found at http://www5.oclc.org/downloads/tutorials/netlibrary/mediacenter/demo.htm.

Source: OCLC



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