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A library in Long Island has started offering audio books on iPod Shuffles. Very cool!

A few years back the library I worked at started offering audio books on Rio 500s. Never really caught on, though I think that was partly due to a lack of promotion. Maybe here the iPod brand name will do the trick.

I also like the fact that the library is buying their audio books online, rather than just loaning out ripped copies of a standard CD version. Buying the online version can save quite a bit of money. As the article says, “The units are paying for themselves.”

As a side note, I still think promoting the fact that there’s no screen on the shuffle as a ‘feature’ is questionable. But at least in this situation, with audio books, complex navigation really isn’t necessary.