RE: [Videolib] Audiobook CDs

Tatar, Becky (
Thu, 28 Apr 2005 13:15:29 -0500

I can't really speak to the audiobook specifics, but my feeling is asd
far as access information is concerned - put as much information on the
item and the cataloging that you can, especially since it is a newer
format for the collection. I asked last year among my staff to see if
people were asking for MP3 items, and received a resounding silence in
reply. Also, we are undergoing a lot of changes right now, so our new
department head said not to worry about this right now (Whew!) I'm not
really very sure about the saturation of the market for MP3 players.
However, I did feel that we wouldn't see a huge demand for audiobooks on
cd until cd players were standard in Chevy cars. And, that's about what
has happened. So when MP3 players are standard in Chevys, we will
probably see more demand. If we ever start with this here, I can see
our call numbers starting off with MP3 FIC GRIS, PH for Grisham's
Painted House on an MP3. Similar call patterns would be used for music.
Hope this helps.

Becky Tatar
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of James
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 11:02 AM
To: Videolib
Subject: [Videolib] Audiobook CDs

Hi Folks, I know that this is primarily a video list but I've got an
audiobook question that has been "bugging" me and I thought all you
great people could help. Lately, my staff and I have been seeing CD
audiobooks (primarily by Brillance Corp.) stating MP3 version vs.
regular CD format (probably a .wav format?). In my experience, the MP3
compressed format is not compatible with lots of car CD players and
protable - walkman style players, although this fact may be changing.
Sometimes, the audiobook title is only available in the MP3 format. Is
this something that we should be looking for (MP3 or otherwise?); have
others found this to be a problem? Should we be noting this MP3
playability on the MARC record, subject heading AND on the box, if we
purchase the item? Remember, Brillance Corp. is the same company that
gve us the stereo sound on the same track where users had to have a
sound balance/equalizer control on each speaker/headphone so that one
side could be turned off in order to play. What genius thought that p?
- I'm sure it had to do with cost versus tape duration/play. I know
that the compressed MP3 format can hold a lot more than the .wav format
and would be, therefore, less costly to reproduce. Any suggestions,
etc. would be helpful. Thanks.

Jim Scholtz, Library Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 668-5276

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