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METROPOLITAN LIBRARY ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MP3 AUDIOBOOKS
DRM-free Audiobooks compatible with MP3 players, cell phones, and iPods

Popular and classic audiobooks in the MP3 format are now available for download 24/7 for Metropolitan Library System customers. The new DRM-free format, eMedia MP3 audiobook, is compatible with Apple iPod(R) players, as well as hundreds of other MP3 players including those from Creative, Sony, Samsung, Rio, SanDisk, and most cell phones. Library users can access the digital library anytime, anywhere at www.metrolibrary.org.

“Downloadable audiobooks are one of the most popular forms of ‘books’ we offer,” said Kim Terry, Marketing & Communications manager at the Metropolitan Library System.  “Now even those with iPods or iPhones can listen to best sellers by John Grisham, Stephenie Meyer, Janet Evanovich and more.”

The initial eMedia MP3 audiobook collection features a growing collection of popular novels, children's books, foreign language learning titles, and classic works. The new selection of the eMedia MP3 audiobooks complements the library’s diverse collection, which offers thousands of books, audiobooks (WMA downloadable format, CDs and casette tapes), as well as music and DVDs.

Customers with a valid MLS library card can browse the virtual library shelves via the online catalog, select titles, and then follow the simple instructions for downloading. If the book is not currently available, it can be placed on “reserve” and an email notification is sent when it is available for check out.
 
Digital audio books can be downloaded to a Windows PC, laptop, or a Pocket PC and then transferred to supported WMA/MP3 players. Some audio books can even be burned to CD to listen in the car or on portable CD players. After 14 days, the book is automatically returned to the collection.

 “This is great because now when I go on vacation,” Terry said, “I can just download a couple of books onto my iPod. “

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.