June 15, 2005

Their demands still unclear, NYPL begins executing publishers . . .


The New York Public Library has announced that “it is making 700 books — from classics to current best sellers — available to members in digital audio form for downloading onto PCs, CD players and portable listening devices,” reports an Associated Press wire story. “Users can listen to digital audio books through a computer, burn them to CDs or transfer them to many portable devices, library officials said,” says the AP. “Digital audio books are available for free to members through the library’s Web site. Users can borrow up to 10 digital books at a time, and after 21 days the materials will be automatically checked in and made available to others.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.