Monday, August 18, 2008

New Thing #220--Electronic

Last time I was at the library I picked up a brochure about the e-media services they offer. I was surprised to read that the St. Louis County Library has recently added the ability to download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and videos if you have a library card.

It sounded interesting to me. Today I browsed through their selection of videos. There weren't a lot of blockbusters or new releases available. However, some of the instructional videos caught my eye, so today I downloaded a video from the library.

There are several media providers listed on the library Website, and they all seem to operate slightly differently. I used OverDrive, the only company that offered videos.

The downloading process was easy. First I downloaded the OverDrive software, then picked my video (an exercise video called "Soul Sweat"), and downloaded it. Even though I have a fast DSL connection, it still took about an hour to finish the download, so I did some housework and kept checking on the progress. After it was completed, I clicked "Play", and my video immediately started!

The video can stay on my hard drive for seven days, then it expires. If I had chosen an Audiobook or eBook I could keep it for 14 Days; some of the other providers have different rules about downloads.

I've mentioned in the past that I think it's weird to watch something on a small computer screen; that was certainly a disadvantage of this format. The quality of the video was pretty good, and the music was ok coming out of my dinky monitor speakers.


  1. That's really cool that you can download those. I'll have to find my library card and try it out.

  2. I will have to investigate what is over here, as I love audio books though never manage to stay awake for a whole one.

  3. I didn't know they had those. Very cool. I've been wondering for a while how libraries would start dealing with all of the ebooks & video-on-demand type services available for pay.

  4. Cool. I didn't know about that. I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the heads up!