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North Yorkshire's Libraries Expand Audiobook Service


2:36pm 8th July 2014

North Yorkshire library service is expanding its already popular digital book service, with free audio books published by Ulberscroft Digital.

This month, 435 new free audio book titles are to be added to the existing 2,500+ titles available in audio format, and 5,000+ ebook titles available through One Click Digital and Overdrive services, alongside a wide range of free e-magazines provided by Zinio.

With people looking for a variety of ways to enjoy the pleasures of reading, audio books become an extremely useful tool for those who are on the move, have failing eyesight or simply cannot access a public library in person. Local library members now have the fantastic opportunity to download and listen to top authors such as Lee Childs, James Patterson and Katie Flynn.

Since the introduction of the ebooks and e-audio service to North Yorkshire’s libraries, issues have tripled from 14,000 (2011/2012) to over 42,000 (2013/2014), demonstrating exactly how much the service is appreciated by the 2000+ members of our community who use it.

By making literary material easily accessible to all it appears this new service is encouraging people of all ages and abilities to begin to, or continue to, read for pleasure.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive member for Library and Customer Services says: “I’m delighted to find that our library service is developing its digital service to enable more people to access ebooks and e-audio books. People are looking at a range of ways to enjoy books depending on where they are and what they are doing and digital books have enormous benefits.”

He added: “Digital books complement the traditional books service and are a great way to get even more people reading.”

For more details of our digital book services and e-magazines, alongside an extensive range of useful on-line resources, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries

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