Monday, December 7, 2009

Thing #20 - ListenNJ

Digital audio books are similar to the audio books that the library circulates. Instead of picking them up at the library, you can download them on your home computer. Once you have downloaded the audio book it can be listened to on the computer. Some titles can transferred to an MP3 player or burnt onto a CD.

The Ocean County Library offers its customers digital audiobooks through

ListenNJ offers a wide variety of audio books for customers to access from their home computers. Topics include fiction, biographies, business, children’s literature, current events, history, mystery, romance, suspense and more.

To access digital books at
ListenNJ you will need:
* A valid Ocean County Library Card
* Access to the Internet
* OverDrive Audio Book and Windows Media Player 9.0 software (both are free and available to download from ListenNJ)
* An MP3 player (OPTIONAL)

To complete Thing #20, download and listen to a book from ListenNJ. Here's what you need to do:

FIRST: Read Ocean County Library’s instructions for ListenNJ downloading.

You'll need your library card number to use ListenNJ.

If you have an MP3 player already, great. You'll download a book to the player and listen to some of the audio to make sure everything worked. If you don't have a MP3 player or don't want to download a book to your MP3 player, that's okay. Use the instructions above.

Go to ListenNJ and download a book of your choosing onto your computer (use a PC Plus computer at work) and listen to some of the book to make sure everything worked.

Hint: To make it easier to find the downloaded file, download it to the desktop. Once you're done with the exercise, delete the file off the desktop.

Then, write a blog post about your experience. Do you see yourself using this for audiobooks in the future?

1 comment:

  1. I followed te exercise but I this is something I am not currently interested in. I enjoy reading a book.