Friday, September 30, 2005

Audio eBook Expo: Dixon and Peters

Judy Dixon from NLS and Tom Peters from TAP Information Services discussed the types of portable playback devices available for digital audio books. (10.3 MB file; playback time of 30 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Johnson and Harroff

William Harroff from McKendree College and Charlotte Johnson from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville explored"Extraordinary Ebooks" containing multimedia. (15 MB file; playback time of 43 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Paul Cappuzzello from OCLC/NetLibrary

Paul Cappuzzello demonstrated the OCLCNetLibrary/Recorded Books downloadable digital audio book service for libraries. (11.4 MB file; playback time of 33 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Geoff Freed from NCAM

Geoff Freed from the WGBH/National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) Beyond the Text Project discussed ways to make multimedia (images, audio and video) used in e-books accessible to people who are deaf,hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired. (13.3 MB file; playback time of 39 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Steve Potash from OverDrive

Steve Potash from Overdrive discussed their ebook, digital audio book, music, and video initiatives. (11.1 MB file; playback time of 32 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Judy Dixon from NLS

Judy Dixon from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provided an update on the U.S. national digital audio book initiative for print-impaired users. (7.2 MB file; playback time of 21 minutes)

Audio eBook Expo: Introduction and Overview

Welcome messages from Kitty Pope, Executive Director of the Alliance Library System, and Sharon Ruda, Director of the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, followed by an overview of the digital audio book movement by Tom Peters of TAP Information Services. (19.3 MB file; playback time of 56 minutes)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A History of the Mystery

"A History of the Mystery," a discussion of the origins and development of the mystery novel, with emphasis on the free, downloadable e-mysteries available at Project Gutenberg. Presented by Melora Norman of the Outreach Services of the Maine State Library on September 21, 2005. (18.6 MB file; playback time of 65 minutes)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Preview of the National Book Festival

Preview discussion, led by John Cole, Director of The Center for the Book, of the upcoming National Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2005 on The Mall in Washington, DC. (17.5 MB file; playback time of 61 minutes)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Preview of Upcoming OPAL Online Events

In this 5 minute audiorecording Tom Peters provides a preview of OPAL online events coming up in the next four weeks, plus he mentions a special event planned for November 17.