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Hey there, iPod users!

Have we got news for you – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh now offers iPod compatible downloadable audio books! And there was much rejoicing!

To see what’s available, start at our downloadable audio books page, and choose either OverDrive or NetLibrary

Some of OverDrive’s new MP3 titles are listed at the top of their page – there’s also a handy link that you can click to see a complete list. Right now, we have 123 MP3 titles for your listening pleasure!

Lost Boys     Killshot     His Illegal Self     Kafka On The Shore     Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up

The NetLibrary titles are a little trickier to find. Once you’ve logged in to the site, click on the Advanced Search link that’s just below the drop-down menu for the basic search. When you reach the advanced search page, scroll down to the Format section, check eAudiobooks and select MP3 from the drop-down menu. It’s worth the effort though, as you’ll find a list of 753 different MP3 titles that are available to anyone at any time!

Book Cover     Book Cover     Book Cover     Book Cover     Book Cover

As you can see, the NetLibrary covers are not as exciting as the OverDrive covers. But we still love them anyway.

All of our downloadable audio books are completely free to anyone who has a valid Allegheny county library card. If you have any questions or problems, just email us at eaudio@carnegielibrary.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We promise.

Happy listening!

– Amy


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Hola! ¿Cómo estás?

Muy bien, gracias.

And that’s about as far as I can get in Spanish, leaving me pretty far out of the loop when I was visiting Colombia last month.  My two-year-old niece was saying words I couldn’t understand.  So, one of my many new year’s resolutions is to study Spanish this year.  Since it’s everything I can do to commit to a new year’s resolution, I don’t want to go too far and commit to an actual class yet.  So what am I going to do?

The first thing I’m going to do is borrow one of our downloadable audiobooks.  Overdrive has both Instant Immersion Spanish and Spanish on the Move, while Netlibrary offers eight Spanish instructional audiobooks published by Pimsleur, from beginning to advanced. I’m also going to borrow one of the phrasebooks, such as Latin American Spanish or At Home Abroad Spanish: Practical Phrases for Conversational Spanish, and make myself some flashcards and stickers to put around the house.  (I think knowing how to say “couch” (sofá) and “fridge” (refrigerador) will come in handy, don’t you?)  After a few weeks or months, I’m going to test myself by taking the practice SAT Spanish Test in the Testing & Education Resource Center, one of our research databases, and see how far I’ve gotten.

Of course, I’ll be using my Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card to access those items, but there are many free online sources that can help me learn Spanish as well.  One that my mom’s been using (believe me, she was with me in Colombia, and I couldn’t have gone shopping without her!) is Coffee Break Spanish.  They have a lesson library and a weekly podcast, so you can listen on an mp3 player.  Another site with free lessons is Live Mocha.  They use both visuals and sounds, as well as little quizes to test your progress.  I learned about Quia Spanish from our Tools & Research page for Spanish. It has all kinds of fun and slightly addictive games to practice with. I’m signing up for Spanish Word-a-Day, too.

So there you have it, a resolution for the non-committal.  Hasta luego!



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The rectangle is the new circle.

When people come up to the Film & Audio Department looking for audiobooks, I know that there’s a whole litany of questions I’ll have to ask before we can find that special book for them.

The first question is always, “What kind of audiobook were you looking for?” I’m trying to find out if they’d like fiction or nonfiction, mysteries or science fiction – helpful librarian stuff like that. 

Unfortunately, the answer that I usually get is, “The kind that you listen to in the car.” Now I know that I have to try a different approach.

“Okay,” I respond. “Cassettes or CDs?” This question is usually effective. They pick a format, and off we go. But sometimes I am met with a confused stare. That leads us to the next question, and eventually, to the subject of this post.

“Right,” I reply. “Would you like a rectangle or a circle?” I make the appropriate shape with my hands (for the visual learners), and away we go.

“Oh! Rectangle! I mean, cassette!” or “Circles, I mean CDs, please.” And from there we get into fiction, nonfiction, how long is your trip, is your grandmother or six year-old in the car with you, all of them very important things.

You see, when I first started working with audiovisual materials, the library was just getting into the book-on-cassette thing. There was even a time when I spent a good part of my day splicing broken cassette tapes (and now I can splice almost anything). But a few years later, we switched to the book-on-CD thing, and there was much rejoicing. We were cutting edge! CDs are shiny and round and awesome! Look at us!

Now we still purchase audiobooks on CD, but we’re exploring new formats: we also carry Playaways, which are compact MP3 players preloaded with a complete book, and we offer two different downloadable audiobook services through Overdrive and NetLibrary – just download the book you want and put it on your MP3 player! It’s cutting-edge enough to make a brave librarian weep.

So you see (or hear, in this case)  how we’ve come back to where we started. From cassettes (rectangles) to CDs (circles) and now to Playaways and MP3 players (rectangles once more), there’s an audiobook format out there for everyone.



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