TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler Public Library is offering you free downloads of books. Call it the wave of the future. Fairy tales, romance novels, thrillers go straight from the bookshelf and into your iPhone, mp3 player or computer.
"I find it exciting because I think it's going to make information and data available much more widely [accessible] than it has ever been before," said Chris Albertson, a Tyler librarian.
Once you download the software and put in your library card number, you can then select titles, adding them to your cart and playing them.
Check-out time is usually two weeks, and you don't have to worry about late fees because when check out expires the software blocks your access. Just like downloadable movies, it offers a whole new platform of learning and entertainment.
"I like reading and listening to them," said Michael Parker.
"Basically, I think reading will be more explainable because you can actually get the words instead of listening to them," said Katie Parker. "I like reading them."
It's obviously a personal choice.
"Some folks enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books themselves and having their own mental images of the voices of the characters and all and other people would rather have it dramatized," said Albertson.
While some still prefer cuddling up with a good book, Albertson says in our digital-savvy world, being technologically advanced is becoming more important.
"Things such as the Kindle and other portable digital type devices and of course people are reading on their phones these days...and I think that's probably the next big leap is the digitization of just about anything," he said.
Albertson says he expects libraries to become more virtual in the future. As long as you have a Tyler Public Library card, you can download audiobooks right now, right on your computer.
We have set up a link to the Tyler Public library's web site. To check out the library's audio book system, just go to our home page and click on the Big Red Box. Look for the story Downloadable Audiobooks.