Many libraries throughout the country are offering their patrons audiobooks to be downloaded from the comforts of home. Michael Hill from the Associated Press reports that, "Rather, public libraries from New York City to Alameda, Calif., are letting patrons download Tom Clancy techno-thrillers, Arabic tutorials and other titles to which they can listen on their computers or portable music players — all without leaving home. Librarians say such offerings help libraries stay relevant in the digital age."
These checkout options are made possible through vendors such as as OverDrive Inc. and OCLC Online Computer Library Center’s NetLibrary. They have, "licensing deals with publishers and provide digital books using Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format, which includes copyright protections designed to help audiobooks stand apart from the often-lawless world of song swapping." (A.P.)Cast your votes. "Will we need to visit the library anymore with all these easy access options available from home?"