As the Library moves towards providing more materials as downloadables, questions about devices to play them on arise. We can't recommend devices, but we can point folks towards reviews and recommendations by others. On our OverDrive site, you can find a list of compatible devices. The editors at cNet.com also recently (August 18, 2008) had an article, Library-worthy MP3 players and review dates. Because publishers have concerns about pirating downloadable files, most insist upon Digital Rights Management (DRM) as part of any downloadable files available through the Library. This means that any device you use for these downloads needs to be Windows Media DRM compatible. Recently a few publishers have loosened their rules and a few MP3 format audiobooks are now available, so long as one agrees to follow copyright rules in using them. Those titles can be used on the non-DRM-compatible devices, such as Mac computers and Apple iPods. The Library has purchased a number of these MP3-format audiobooks, and they will be available as soon as our OverDrive site is redesigned. We'll also be adding some video downloads and a few music downloads at that time.
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile will be at Central Library October 10, 2008, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. See a demonstration of how to download materials, test the compatibility of your MP3-player(s), browse the Library's downloadable holdings, and actually check-out and download something.