For many people, reading is a daily activity that provides a brief escape and the chance to relax and forget about daily stresses. Reading can be fun, informative, and even cathartic. Unfortunately, for individuals with certain disabilities, reading does not serve as a means of escape and relaxation; conversely, reading can be an arduous task that is frustrating or even impossible.
The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) has a solution that may allow these individuals to enjoy reading by listening to stories through a wide selection of downloadable audio books. The eCollection from the IMCPL is an extensive resource of both audiobooks and ebooks, available for download on the IMPCL website.
The library of audiobooks is a great solution for individuals who have dexterity and mobility hindrances, for whom traditional reading practices may be extremely difficult. These individuals may not be able to hold a book or turn the pages. Additionally, the downloadable audiobooks are great for individuals who are blind or have low vision and cannot see the words on the page and may not know how to or may not want to read Braille.
The MP3 and WMA format audiobooks are available through OverDrive, a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. OverDrive delivers download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers. This technology allows audiobooks to be offered free of charge, available for loan like traditional library books.
Unlike library books, the audiobook is automatically returned after the specified loan period; nothing needs to be physically returned to the library. Many devices are compatible with the OverDrive software, including the Mac operating system, Windows operating system, the Apple iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile devices, and many more.
Downloadable audiobooks are an excellent, cost effective, and simple solution to allow those with a disability the opportunity to enjoy literature regardless of their ability to see the words on the page or hold a book in their hands.
To learn more about the library’s loan policy or to view the books available for loan, visit the IMCPL audiobook webpage.