LIFESTYLE

Library books can be downloaded in Franklin County

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Nearly 200 titles of audio books are now available to download from Franklin and Fulton county libraries.  Those who have enjoyed books on tape for years or maybe never even tried one, now have the opportunity to listen to audio books without having to make a purchase.  The initial selection of book titles spans a variety of genres, with many more to come throughout the rest of 2011.

Initially, library card holders need to make a visit their local public library to create an account to access the downloadable books.  To simply view the titles, an account is not necessary.  Just go to www.fclspa.org and click on the banner image introducing downloadable audio books.  Once an account is set up, patrons will have full access from home or other remote locations to download books.  Once “checked out,” the books remain accessible for up to 14 days.

The currently available downloadable books consist of fiction and nonfiction, classics, and newer and older popular titles.  At the present time, most titles are for adults with a few of interest to teens.

The following types of devices, in addition to a computer, can be used to listen to audio books: iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPhone (the device must have a screen), PlaysForSure and Secure Windows Media Audio (WMA) devices, Palm PDAs and Smartphones (with memory card slot and PalmOS 5.2 or higher).