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June 14, 2005
Downloadable books from the New York Public Library
There are now 733 downloadable titles in the New York Public Library's digital audio collection:
"Anyone with a library card and a Windows media player can now borrow audio versions of everything from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Zane Gray on Fishing. The MP3 files, which can be downloaded at any hour of the day from the librarys Web site, at ebooks.nypl.org, are good for three weeks, after which they can no longer be accessed. Users will be able to burn the files on to CDs for personal use."
It's all part of the changing nature of libraries, says a NYPL official: We see the future of circulating materials starting to head toward the Web and remote access, as opposed to people coming in to check things out. Were trying to stay one step ahead of the curve."
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