CNIB Library introduces Direct to Player

Jan 22, 2014, 08:00 ET from CNIB

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The CNIB Library has introduced an easier and faster way to get DAISY audiobooks called Direct to Player. As with all CNIB Library services, Direct to Player is free for all users. This new way of downloading will allow users to get DAISY audiobooks directly on their players without having to use a computer or wait for a CD in the mail.

The Direct to Player service removes the need for users to order books through the CNIB Library, which means less wait time between book selection and book arrival. Direct to Player will even add books to a user's virtual bookshelf for their reading pleasure, based on a number of preferences such as author and genre. If the user then decides the new book is not something they're interested in they can simply delete it and it will be replaced with a different suggestion.

"I remember the transition from cassette tape talking books to DAISY CD books in 2002 and I thought it was the best technology ever. Now, Direct to Player is even better," says Gerry Chevalier, a CNIB Library user from Edmonton. "Instead of waiting for a CD to come in the mail, I just turn on my player each day and check the bookshelf button to see what new book or magazine I have received."

A pilot program was completed in 2013 with 100 CNIB Library users from across Canada of varying ages, both English and French speaking and with a range of levels of computer skills. The results were positive.

"We are very excited to launch the Direct to Player DAISY audio book service. DAISY users who have tried it say that it's a very convenient way to receive books," says Rachel Breau, Partners Program Lead, CNIB Library. "In addition to improving our service delivery options, the Direct to Player model has the potential to positively impact the library's production costs over time."

Any registered CNIB Library user with an internet-enabled DAISY player can use the Direct to Player service. Later this year an app will be available to download for people who use iPads, iPods or Smartphones to access their audiobooks. Users who do not currently own an internet or Wi-Fi- enabled DAISY player can contact the vendor directly to inquire about trade-ins. The vendors are Humanware or Aroga; the CNIB store does not offer trade-ins.

Learn more about Direct to Player on the CNIB Library website.