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Audiobooks - Simply Ear-ResistibleAudiobooks are hot! What was once a niche market is now the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry. Amazon's Audible service may grab most of the headlines, but library usage of downloadable audiobooks is also on the rise. In 2017, Wisconsin's Digital Library (our shared statewide OverDrive collection) checked out 1,584,226 audiobooks, an increase of over 200,000 from the previous year. Through July 2018, Wisconsin library users have already checked out over 1,125,000 audiobooks via OverDrive. In addition to the shared statewide collection, InfoSoup users also have free access to an ever-growing collection of audiobooks from Recorded Books through their RB Digital platform.

Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive)

Anyone with an InfoSoup library card can access to the almost 20,000 audiobooks available via Wisconsin's Digital Library. Through OverDrive we can offer many of the current best sellers and most popular authors. The downside of this popularity, however, is that long waiting periods are not uncommon and a constant source of frustration for many OverDrive users. Looking on the bright side, the very large and broad collection also means that at any one time there are usually over 6000 "available now" titles and thousands more titles with very short waiting lists. If you have not used Wisconsin's Digital Library yet, we recommend trying the Libby app for your Apple, Android, or Microsoft phone or tablet or Windows 10 computer. It is easy to sign up, easy to use, and completely free with your library card and PIN #. Along with the audiobooks you will have access to many thousands of eBooks.

RB Digital Audiobooks

Our RB Digital collection grows each month and currently has over 8000 titles. RB digital usually doesn't have the very latest best sellers, like OverDrive, but many of the titles are exclusive to Recorded Books. Popular authors in this collection include Dianna Gabaldon, John Sandford, William Kent Krueger, Craig Johnson, Robyn Carr, Iris Johansen, C.J.Box, Joanne Fluke, Danielle Steel, & Charlaine Harris. Genre fiction, including mysteries, fantasy, romance, and westerns make up a large part of the collection. Classics, children's books, and non-fiction are also well represented. Selected titles from Recorded Books "Your Coach in a Box" and "Modern Scholars" libraries are also included.

Our RB Digital collection is made up of Subscription Titles and Purchased Titles.

Subscription Titles (7500+ titles)

The majority of the collection is made available as a subscription, meaning that the titles are always available and can be checked out as often as you like. With a wide selection of titles with no waiting lists, you are always sure to find something you can begin listening to right away. Each month 20 to 40 new titles are automatically added to the subscription titles. You can scroll through the "Newly Added" section on the RB Digital web site or in the RB Digital App to see all the recent additions.

Purchased Titles (700+ titles)

When some of the InfoSoup libraries purchase Audiobooks CDs from Recorded Books, they also purchase a digital copy to add to the shared InfoSoup RB Digital collection. These are often newer titles, and like OverDrive, are only available 1 copy per user at a time. In these cases, if the title is checked out, you will see a Hold option. Seeing the hold button is really the only way to distinguish the subscription titles from the purchased titles. Once you place the hold, you will see where you are on the waiting list. Because this is not a shared statewide collection, hold lists are usually not very long. You will receive an email when the title is available.

Using RB Digital

Using RB Digital is very easy and free with your library card. First time users can go to https://infosoup.rbdigital.com and click on Register in the top right corner and follow the instructions. An app is available for most devices, including desktop apps for Windows and Apple computers. Visit the RB Digital Help Page to learn more. As a bonus, the RB Digital app not only gives you access to thousands of audiobook titles, you will also have access to over 130 popular magazines that you can read or download on almost any device.

Some Recent Additions to RB Digital (View more at http://infosoup.rbdigital.com)

The Quiet Side of Passion Double Blind The Sinners Apocalypse Nyx The Fifth to Die Marry Me By Sundown Origin Story Artificial Condition The Disappeared Surrender

PBS: The Great American Read

Whether you love them or hate them, agree with the selections or disagree, there is something about a "best of" book list to delight or anger most readers. PBS has recently added to the long list of book list with The Great American Read project. PBS, using the public opinion polling service "YouGov," commissioned a "demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel." The subsequent top 100 book list, ongoing public voting to select a "winner," and an 8 part television series, form the core of The Great American Read.

You can use our Great American Read booklist to browse the titles and find them in InfoSoup. Also visit The Great American Read web site to learn more about the books and how they were chosen, share a story about a novel that has had the biggest impact on your life, learn about the television series, and find out how to vote for your favorite books.

Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of a new statewide contest that will accept submissions of self-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction, to be recognized as the top self-published books in the state.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter 2019 THRIVE Reception in Seattle
  • Opportunities to promote your work to Wisconsin public library staff and patrons
  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

One runner-up of this contest will receive:

  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Wisconsin resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

To learn more and to submit your work visit the Wisconsin Author Project page.

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Wisconsin in the soon to launch statewide Indie Wisconsin eBook collection.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Author's Project, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) has contracted with BiblioBoards to make Pressbooks and Self-e available for free to all Wisconsin residence.

Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an easy to use self-publishing tool for creating professional print and ebook editions of your book. To get started, go to https://wplc.pressbooks.pub/ The Pressbooks Help Page provides a detailed users guide and video tutorials on how to use the service.

SELF-e

SELF-e is a way for you to share you eBook. Titles are reviewed by Library Journal. Notable titles will be chosen as SELF-e Select titles and be available to readers throughout the country. All submissions that meet the basic requirements of the program will be eligible to be included in our Indie Wisconsin Collection. To submit your book, please go to https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wplc/.

SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin collections

Later this month we will be officially launching the Indie Wisconsin collection. The site, however,is up and you can take a sneak peak at Indie Wisconsin. SELF-e Select titles, a collection of the best submitted titles from across the country will also be available here. You can download the BiblioBoard app to access these collections on your mobile device. Access is based on geolocation, so all residents of Wisconsin should have access without any need to sign in.

Author's Rights

With all of these programs, authors retain the sole rights to their work. Participation in the Wisconsin Authors Project, SELF-e, & Indie Wisconsin is non-exclusive and royalty free. Authors can share or sell their works on other sites and, on request, authors can have their titles removed from the SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin Collections.

OverDrive Download Problems

UPDATE 5/2/2018 - 1:45 pm. OverDrive is reporting that the problem with downloading titles has been resolved. If you encounter any problems, please contact your local library.

OverDrive, the vendor that supports Wisconsin's Digital Library, has notified us that, beginning at noon today (May 2nd) users of OverDrive are unable to download eBooks and audiobooks. Titles that were already downloaded are accessible. From what we can see, it looks like uses can still check out titles -- they just cannot be downloaded or read online at this time. OverDrive is working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. We will update this post as soon as the issue is fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Aspen Words Literary Prize

The first ever Aspen Words Literary Prize was awarded on April 12 to Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. You can learn more about the prize and the books at Aspenword.org.

Find the books in InfoSoup

Winner

Short listed

2018 Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that, Salt to the Sea, by best-selling author Ruta Sepetys  has been selected for the 2018 Read, which is a one book, one community reading program.  Readers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions and events leading up to the author’s visit to the Fox Cities on April 12th & 13th, 2018.

  • Kaukauna High School April 12th at 12:45 pm, public presentation and book signing
  • Appleton North High School April 12th at 6:30 pm, public presentation and book signing
  • Appleton Public Library April 13th at 10:00 am, public presentation and book signing
  • Neenah High School April 13th at 2:00 pm (school visit)

Visit the Fox Cities Book Festival website to learn more. Check InfoSoup to reserve a copy of the Book