Are You Listening to Me NJ?

Maybe you've seen the signs around the library. Or maybe you saw a card in a book on CD. Or maybe you picked up a bookmark at the circulation desk. So now you're thinking, just what the heck is this ListenNJ? Well, I'll tell you it is one cool, neat library service. It's a free, convenient, cutting edge way to get audio books that you can listen to on your computer, iPod, MP3 player or virtually any other device that can play digital audio files. If you don't have a portable device, the site even has a compatible device section where you can find one that suits your needs and budget.

Brought to you by a group of over 25 area libraries (plus CJRLC and InfoLink), ListenNJ features over 5000 titles ranging from classics to the current crop of bestsellers. The rich collection also includes categories for teens, children, self-help, business and a wide variety of languages in the foreign language learning materials section. For students looking for a reading list title, we most likely have it in the always available section, which means you never have to wait for the audio book to be checked in at the library.

Titles can be "borrowed" for 10 days and some can even be burned to CD. You can have 5 titles out at a time, but you can also place holds and keep a wish list so you can keep track of what you want to listen to next.

All you need to get started is a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection and a library card. There is one piece of software to download and install, which is simple and takes about five minutes. Then, you just search the site for a title you want, check it out and download. If you ever get stuck, there is even a video tour to help you out - look for it in the upper right hand corner of the site.

Here's the best part - you can check out books from anywhere in the world at any time of day, you never have to return anything and there are no overdue fees. The software takes care of everything for you.So the next time you need something good to listen to, or just even need that last-minute title for class, head on over to ListenNJ and check out what we have to offer. We don't even care if its 2:00am and you're wearing bunny slippers.

-Laura N.


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