February 23, 2009

BBC Audiobooks are to be made available as free downloads for libraries in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa that have access to digital lending through the US-based distributor OverDrive. Initially 1,500 books will be made available, with evergreen titles such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Dick King-Smith classic The Water Horse alongside Radio 4 dramas and ‘hundreds’ of unabridged recordings. Following the launch, a rolling programme will introduce all future frontlist titles to the libraries that have signed up. – The Bookseller