Friday, January 9, 2009

NetLibrary and NoveList News

NetLibrary has launched a “Media Center” application to use in conjunction with their eaudiobooks. Basically what it means is that you can download/install some special software and then going forward, you can download eaudibooks directly to your mp3 player (versus downloading to the PC and then transferring to your device). The media center also allows you quick access to the eaudiobooks you’ve downloaded and to search eaudiobooks via an icon that sits on your PC’s desktop.

A few notes of caution before you go ahead and download the Media Center application:
  1. Carefully read through the installation requirements and note the software requirements. Most people probably do not have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 currently installed on their PC. It WILL be automatically installed for you when you install the Media Center, but it takes quite a bit of time and may also require you to validate your copy of the Windows operating system. In addition, after downloading/installing .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, you will have to restart your PC.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the installation procedures.
  3. Make sure you've logged in to your NetLibrary account prior to attempting to download/install. If you don't have a NetLibrary account yet, you will either need to create one on NetLibrary when you are physically in the library, or make sure you enter NetLibrary via the library's Web site (not directly via
  4. You will be prompted to download the Media Center when you choose an automated download option (to either your PC or device). In some cases, you start the process as your attempting to download a specific title and after installing the Media Center, you'll need to search for the item again in the Media Center and download.

If you have high-speed Internet access, click here to view a demo of the new Media Center. Also be sure to peruse the documentation on the new Media Center on NetLibrary.

After evaluating the usage of and perceived value of this online resource, the library will no longer subscribe to the NoveList database, effective January 2009. The library continues to provide access to What Do I Read Next? via Find It Virginia. Patrons should also check out our list of recommended Web sites that cover readers' advisory services. Many of these online tools allow you to obtain lists of series titles in order, find book titles by searching for a particular character or plot line and recommended titles by genre (mystery, romance, etc.). Be sure to ask library staff for recommendations as well.

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