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4th November 2014

Listening Books Christmas cards for sale, exclusively designed by Raymond Briggs!

Listening Books Christmas cardOur Christmas cards are now for sale, priced at only £1.00 for a pack of 10. All profits come directly to Listening Books and will help us to continue to provide our service to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to download an order form. We would once again like to thank Raymond Briggs for his fantastic design and generosity.


29th September 2014

Downloadable

The issues with our Downloadable website have now been resolved and members can login and select titles to download.


29th September 2014

Downloadable

Some members may be experiencing difficulties logging in to their account. We hope to have this issue resolved as soon as possible.


17th September 2014

Listening Books Website

We will be having some essential maintenance work done to the Listening Books website this evening between 8pm - 9pm. Members may not be able to access the website during this time, however we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.


13th August 2014

New Staff at Listening Books

Two new members of staff have recently joined Listening Books. Amy will be working as Copyright Co-ordinator to cover Fiona’s maternity leave and Helen will be working as our Membership Recruitment Administrator. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to Listening Books and we look forward to working with them. If you would like to suggest titles for our library, please email Amy at aflinders@listening-books.org.uk and if you know of anyone that would struggle to pay our membership subscription, please contact Helen at hwheeler@listening-books.org.uk


Simon Brett in our studios31st July 2014

Author Simon Brett visits Listening Books

The fantastic Simon Brett, author of the Charles Paris books, visited our studios recently to be interviewed for our newsletter ‘Connect’. He provided a great insight into his life and work and you can enjoy one of his audiobooks right now! Simply login and search for one of his titles through Our Library, or contact us on 0207 234 0522 and our staff would be happy to help.

We’d love to hear from our members about other authors they would like us to get in touch with and perhaps you can be hearing from your favourite author in an upcoming edition of 'Connect'. Contact Claire at cbell@listening-books.org.uk with your suggestions.


9th July 2014

Library Telephone

We are experiencing problems with our direct dial library telephone. If any members wish to contact the library, please use the mainline telephone number which is 0207 407 9417 for the remainder of today. You can of course email us at library@listening-books.org.uk with any queries if you prefer.


3rd July 2014

Listening Books Building

We will be having some essential maintenance work done to the Listening Books building on Monday 7th July. This shouldn't affect online services, however, members may not be able to contact the library at some points during the day. Please email or leave a telephone message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


29th April 2014

Listening Books Emails - Update

We are pleased to say that we are now receiving emails again, and we will be replying to all those who emailed us since Friday as soon as possible. The disruption was out of our control and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


28th April 2014

Listening Books Email Outage

We are currently having difficulties with our email service. The issue is currently being dealt with and normal service should resume shortly. If you have tried to contact us via email since Friday please be aware that we may not receive it on resumption of the email service.


17th April 2014

Listening Books and Independent Age

It is an exciting time here at Listening Books. We are teaming up with Independent Age, an established and growing charity supporting thousands of older people across the UK. Through Independent Age we will now be able to offer members the opportunity to be part of a book group, meaning you can discuss the audiobooks you are reading with others. There is no extra charge for being part of a book group.

Please note these book groups are run and managed by Independent Age and are not run by Listening Books. As such anyone over 60 years of age can take part, not just Listening Books members.


28th March 2014

OverDrive Support for Blackberry device users

From 10th April, OverDrive will no long offer the OverDrive Media Console app for Blackberry, Blackberry 10 and Playbook device users.

BlackBerry users with the app installed prior to 10th April will be able to continue downloading audiobooks via OverDrive Media Console. However, no further development or testing will be dedicated to it.

In the past year, OMC for BlackBerry has experienced a steady decline in downloads. After much consideration, OverDrive has decided to remove the app from BlackBerry App World and continue to focus its development efforts on more widely used platforms such as iOS and Android—both of which have more daily downloads than BlackBerry has monthly.


5th March 2014

Listening Books Website

We will be undertaking some essential maintenance to the Listening Books website on Wednesday 6th March at 10am. This may cause the website to be temporarily unavailable, however we will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.


LGfL BETT Award28th January 2014

BETT Award for LGfL

Congratulations to our partners at LGfL for winning the 2014 BETT Award for their History of Computing resource.

Working with E2bN and The National Museum of Computing, this award in the Digital Collections and Resource Banks category recognised the great work they have done to enable school aged children to fully engage with the ICT subject.


24th January 2014

Updates to OverDrive Media Console

OverDrive has announced new versions of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows. Both the classic desktop version of OMC for Windows and the Windows 8 app have been updated to provide a better user experience and improved performance.

OMC 3.3 for Windows (the classic desktop version) includes some design updates and support for integration with OMC 3 for Windows 8. Users can download the latest version of OMC for Windows from the OMC website.


21st January 2014

Shakespeare Week

We recently interviewed Elizabeth Dollimore from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust about Shakespeare Week, an event taking place in March which we are involved in. Keep checking our website for further news and to hear some great interviews from the likes of Zoe Wanamaker, Simon Callow and others.


20th December 2013

Extra titles on MP3 CD

The Listening Books library will be closed from Wednesday 25th December until the 6th January 2014. If you would like an extra book on MP3 CD during this period, please contact the library on 0207 234 0522 or email library@listening-books.org.uk


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Listening Books Christmas card7th November 2013

Listening Books Christmas cards for sale designed by Raymond Briggs

Our Christmas cards are now for sale, priced at only £1.00 for a pack of 10. All profits come directly to Listening Books and will help us to continue to provide our service to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to download an order form. We would once again like to thank Raymond Briggs for his fantastic design and generosity.


17th September 2013

Phone line

We are currently experiencing problems with our telephone line. Unfortunately this is out of our control and we hope to be contactable on our usual phone numbers shortly. Please feel free to contact the library directly on 0207 234 0522 or email us at info@listening-books.org.uk



14th August 2013

Our Downloadable Website

On Wednesday 14th August, from 12- 2PM, OverDrive will be carrying out essential maintenance work on our Downloadable website. During this time, the site might be temporarily inaccessible to some users. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


13th August 2013

Article

Myageingparent.com is a website that is aimed at ‘helping you to help them’, whether it is your elderly parent, older friend or relative. Throughout August, they are featuring an article about the benefits of our audiobooks for the elderly. Visit their website and have a read!

http://www.myageingparent.com/how-audio-books-and-cds-can-combat-elderly-loneliness/


Nominet Internet Awards at The British Library5th July 2013

Listening Books receives a "Highly Commended" at Nominet Internet Awards

We were very excited to attend the Nominet Internet Awards at the British Library last night where we were shortlisted in the Online Skills and Training category. This was for our work with educational grids, giving access to curriculum-based audiobooks to pupils with print impairments via their schools’ Virtual Learning Environments. Though we didn’t win, we were thrilled to receive a “Highly Commended”. Thank you to all of you who visited the Nominet site to express your support and a big congratulations to all of the winners and shortlisted organisations. There are many brilliant online initiatives out there and it was a pleasure to find out more about them. Thank you also to the organisers for arranging a fantastic evening. For more information on the awards, visit http://nia.nominet.org.uk/.

 


21st June 2013

National Care Home Open Day

Today is National Care Home Open Day, where members of the public can visit participating care homes in their community, get to know the staff and residents and take part in some great activities. Find out more about the services we offer to care homes here.


20th June 2013

Our Downloadable Website

OverDrive are currently experiencing some problems with their service and this may mean that some members will have difficulty accessing their Downloadable account. OverDrive are working hard to rectify this situation as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


12th June 2013

Essential Building Work

On the afternoon of Wednesday 12th June, we will be carrying out essential maintenance work on the Listening Books building. During this time the website and other Listening Books services may be temporarily inaccessible to users, though we will be aiming to keep all downtime to a minimum. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


1st May 2013

Listening Books shortlisted for Nominet Internet Award!

We were very excited to learn that our ‘Sound Learning through Educational Grids’ project has been shortlisted for a Nominet Internet Award in the ‘Online Skills and Training’ category. This project was conceived to offer an even more accessible educational audio streaming service to pupils than the one we traditionally offer. We have been granted permission by a selection of publishers to offer print-impaired pupils access to over 100 titles—especially recorded to support the National Curriculum—through their schools’ learning platform using ‘Shibboleth’ technology. This means that pupils or their teachers need only sign into their usual online learning resources centre in order to access these audiobooks, rather than having to first sign into the Listening Books site to download a licence as is the case with our traditional streaming model. By integrating this streaming service into schools' existing learning platforms, we have made it easier for pupils and teachers to source these vital learning tools. To date we have partnered with three educational grids across the country and further adapted the project as we went, helping us to reach a potential audience of over 30,000 children and young people who struggle to read the printed word.

Educational grids are organisations that oversee the Information and Communications Technology needs of many schools across their respective counties. As it was our objective to reach as many pupils in need of audiobooks due to print impairments, we decided to offer this service direct to educational grids in addition to signing up individual schools for membership.

Nominet, one of the world’s leading internet registry companies, devised the awards to celebrate the internet as a force for good. We truly believe in the importance of using the internet and all that it offers to continue to provide access to education to many more children and young people with print impairments through their educational grids. You can show your support for Listening Books by visiting http://www.miramar-clients.co.uk/internet-awards/, choosing the online skills and training category and selecting Listening Books as the entry you would like to support. We’d be very grateful.


26th March 2013

Our Downloadable Website

If you have been using our download service, you might be interested to know that the OverDrive site is due to undergo a few changes in the next couple of weeks. We are assured that the result will be a faster and more intuitive way for you to access audiobooks. You can find further details here. Please ignore the information relating to e-books and ‘OverDrive Read’ as these formats are not available via Listening Books. Once the site goes live, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require further instructions or assistance with downloading audiobooks.


Listening Books Christmas card7th November 2012

Listening Books Christmas cards for sale designed by Raymond Briggs

Our Christmas cards are now for sale, priced at only £2.00 for a pack of 10. All profits come directly to Listening Books and will help us to continue to provide our service to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to download an order form. We would once again like to thank Raymond Briggs for his fantastic design and generosity.


31st October 2012

Our Downloadable Website

OverDrive are currently experiencing some problems with their service and this may mean that some members will have difficulty accessing their Downloadable account. OverDrive are working hard to rectify this situation as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


10th July 2012

How the Olympics may affect your Listening Books' service

The Olympic Games are due to take place in London between Friday 27th July and Sunday 12th August with the Paralympics set to follow between Wednesday 29th August and Sunday 9th September. To ensure members continue to experience the best possible service, in case of any postal disruptions throughout this time, we would like to offer you the choice of increasing the number of CDs you receive. If you would like to raise your audiobook allocation during this period, please contact our library team on library@listening-books.org.uk or phone them direct on 020 7234 0522.
The online services (streams and downloads) will continue to be available throughout the Olympic Games. Please contact us if you need a reminder of your username and password or require any instructions.
Listening Books will continue to be staffed and we will do all we can to ensure the smooth running of your service throughout the summer months.


19th June 2012

Phone line

Our phone line is currently unavailable. Unfortunately this is out of our control and we hope to be contactable on our usual phone numbers shortly. Please feel free to email us on info@listening-books.org.uk


4th May 2012

Essential Website Work

On Tuesday 8th May, from 1 - 3 AM, we will be carrying out essential maintenance work on this website. During this time the site may be temporarily inaccessible to some users, though we will be aiming to keep all downtime to a minimum. You can visit our download website directly http://listening-books.lib.overdrive.com/ as this will be live throughout.


Hilton in the Community Foundation logo25th April 2012

Hilton in the Community Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Hilton in the Community Foundation has awarded us a grant of £15,000 so that we can expand our service into children’s hospices across the country. The money will allow us to provide mini libraries of 200 audiobooks to various children’s hospices across the UK. To read more about our books for hospices project, please follow this link. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our generous funders who have made and continue to make this project possible.


Image of Joe Simpson climbing a mountain23rd April 2012

World Book Night Interviews

Tonight marks the second annual World Book Night which sees over one million copies of twenty-five specially chosen books being given away across the country. To celebrate we spoke to two of the authors on the list, Meg Rosoff and Joe Simpson about their involvement.
Photograph supplied by parliamentspeakers.com

You can listen to these interviews by clicking below:

Meg Rosoff
Joe Simpson

You can borrow 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson on MP3 CD, book number 7089, while 'How I Live Now' by Meg Rosoff is available to download now. The full list of 25 books is available here and you can borrow a number of the selected titles from us


11th April 2012

Opt-in message on our Downloadable website

To comply with forthcoming UK and European Union requirements regarding the use of cookies, OverDrive (our Download host), is placing an opt-in message regarding cookies on our Downloadable website. This new message will require members to opt-in to receive cookies to continue using all the features of the website. The message also provides directions on how to disable cookies should you choose not to accept the necessary cookies on your computer. For more information regarding cookies, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


22nd March 2012

Essential Maintenance Work

At 12.00pm on Monday 26th March, OverDrive, our download partners will be undertaking additional maintenance to OverDrive systems . The work will mean that there may be a brief interruption to download fulfillment during this maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


PBFA Logo31st January 2012

Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association supports Listening Books

We are thrilled to tell you that the PBFA have chosen Listening Books as their nominated charity. Founded in 1974, the Association was originally set up to hold book fairs to enable provincial booksellers to sell books in London. The PBFA now have around 530 members and organise about 90 fairs per year. They will be showing their support for Listening Books by displaying the charity’s promotional materials and collection boxes at a number of their fairs. You can visit their website http://www.pbfa.org/ to find out more about upcoming events.


Member using the streaming service19th January 2012

London Grid for Learning Partnership

We are delighted to announce that we have worked with London Grid for Learning to ensure that pupils across London who struggle to read are given access to a wealth of curriculum based audiobooks. Thanks to this exciting new partnership, over 2000 schools in London will now be able to access more than 100 audiobooks for education through the LGfL website via single sign on Shibboleth technology. For more information, please visit http://www.listening-books.org.uk/sso.aspx.


4th January 2012

Essential Maintenance Work

From 7.00am tomorrow, OverDrive, our download partners will be updating our Downloadable website to improve performance for members. The work will mean that members will be unable to access our Downloadable website from 7.00am tomorrow morning. The work will take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Interview with Rupert Muldoon30th November 2011

Member Interview

We were recently invited by member, Rupert Muldoon, to his brand new art exhibition. We took the opportunity to interview him about his experience of Listening Books. It was great to hear what he had to say about how the service has helped him. You can listen to the full interview here. If you would like to see Rupert's paintings, follow the link to his website.

 

 

 


Listening Books Christmas card8th November 2011

Listening Books Christmas cards for sale designed by Raymond Briggs

Our Christmas cards are now for sale and this year they are only £2.00 for a pack of 10. All profits come directly to Listening Books and will help us to continue to provide our service to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to download an order form. We would once again like to thank Raymond Briggs for his fantastic design and generosity.


25th October

Update needed for Apple iOS 5 users

For all our members who have updated or plan to update their Apple MP3 player to iOS 5, you will also need to update your OverDrive Media Console to continue to play our audiobooks. You can do this by following this link: http://overdrive.com/Software/omc/


A Listening Books mini library21st September

Books for Hospices

We’re delighted to announce the official launch of our Books for Hospices project, supplying mini libraries of audiobooks to voluntary-run hospices. Through the generous donations of a number of charitable trusts and companies, the mini libraries are being delivered free of charge. The mini libraries consist of a huge range of fantastic audiobooks on MP3 CD by some of the biggest names in the publishing world, including Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Dan Brown and Jacqueline Wilson. The project has proved a great success so far, with deliveries being made to 30 adult hospices in England. The service is now being extended to reach children’s hospices throughout the UK, ensuring the charity’s audiobooks bring comfort to as many adults and children as possible. Find out more by visiting http://www.listening-books.org.uk/hospice-project.aspx


7th September

Planned website maintenance

Due to essential planned maintenance work this website will be unavailable between 6pm and 7pm this evening (07/09/2011). During this time our Downloadable website will continue to be available and you can access it here: http://listening-books.lib.overdrive.com


23rd August

Listening Books bids a fond farewell to long serving member of staff, Sarah Hucklesby.

Sarah worked for Listening Books for 8 years and left this month to pursue a new career in occupational therapy. We all wish her well and would like to welcome our new member of staff, Jennifer Ades, who joins us as our membership & recruitment administrator.


Cover image for The Hobbit15th August

Over 10,000 downloads since launch in 2010

Since its launch in May 2010, the Downloadable service has gone from strength to strength, with the number of audiobooks checked out by members surpassing the 10,000 mark.

Listening Books' top ten downloads chart demonstrates the fantastic mix of audiobooks available:

Listening Books' Top 10 Downloads August 2011:
1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
3. The Black Tower by PD James
4. The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine
5. Boy by Roald Dahl
6. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
7. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
8. GCSE English 'Of Mice and Men' by CGP Publications
9. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein
10. Archangel by Robert Harris


Image of The Postmistress book cover15th July

Great new titles to stream and download!

Many of you will have received an email this week advertising a small selection of the great new titles available to stream and download. We are constantly updating our catalogues with the best new titles such as 'Boy A' by Jonathan Trigell and 'The Postmistress' by Sarah Blake. If you would like to receive these updates from us, please email info@listening-books.org.uk and let us know.

 

 


Members listening together17th June 2011

Members' Forum questionnaire results

Thank you to all of the members who took part in the questionnaire on the quality of the service and member usage late last year. We had some fantastic responses to our new download collection and we are thrilled that our members are enjoying this service. To further raise awareness of this excellent service, we are adding adverts onto the end of our audiobooks sent out on CD. For those reluctant members who might benefit from extra help with downloading titles, we are creating still more comprehensive instructions and are also putting together a how-to-download video for our website.

When asked what would improve the Listening Books service, most members stated that they would like to see more titles in the library. We are pleased to announce that the number of titles we have in the library now exceeds 4,500 and this number is going up all the time. We continue to stock audiobooks to support the National Curriculum and do our best to secure any additional titles that are needed. Please get in touch if there is a title that we do not stock, whether for school or otherwise, though do bear in mind that we can only supply those books that the publishers grant us permission to lend and where we believe there would be reasonable demand.

A number of people suggested that we send out audio versions of our new booklists and we are pleased to say that we have already put this into practice.

The views of our members are invaluable and we are grateful for their feedback. The next questionnaire will be sent to a selection of forum members of differing ages, disabilities and geographical locations shortly and we look forward to bringing you the results in due course.


A group of people16th June 2011

Members' Forum changes

As many of you will know Listening Books runs a forum for members who wish to submit their views on various aspects of the service. To ensure that the forum is representative of our membership in terms of such things as age, disability and geographical location, we will only be sending our questionnaires to a selection of the members’ forum from now on. This selection will be rotated each time we send out a questionnaire to allow everyone to have an input. At the moment, we are actively seeking the following members to join the forum: individuals under the age of 25 with learning impairments (or their parents or guardians), individuals who solely use the internet streaming and download services, and organisations of any kind (including schools, nursing homes and colleges). Please telephone Fiona Hutcheson on 020 7407 9417 or email fhutcheson@listening-books.org.uk if any of these apply to you and you would like to join the forum.


Book cover of 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'6th April 2011

Friday favourites

Don't forget to join our Facebook group to keep up with our weekly staff recommendations. The current 'Friday favourite' is 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini. Click here to follow Listening Books on Facebook.

 




CD version of Connect24th March 2011

Look out for exciting new changes to our member newsletter

Our member newsletter, Connect, and our booklists of new titles are undergoing some exciting changes. We are pleased to announce that all future issues will be produced solely in an audio format. The next issue of Connect will contain interviews with bestselling authors, Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters, as well as a number of new features. Please note that members who have previously asked for a printed version of the newsletter will now only receive the audio versions as these are accessible to everyone with a computer or MP3 CD player. We look forward to bringing you our latest news and titles in the spring.


Sarah Waters3rd March 2011

A celebration of books

Happy World Book Day everyone! Today marks a celebration of books and reading across the UK. This Saturday night World Book Night will take place for the first time. A staggering one million books will be given away by 20,000 passionate readers to other readers as well as people who may be reluctant to read or part of communities with less access to books. The books given away will be made up of 25 titles, carefully selected by an editorial committee. To see the full list of titles click here.

This week we were lucky enough to speak with bestselling author Sarah Waters whose novel, 'Fingersmith', has been chosen as one of the 25 titles. Click here to listen to what she has to say about World Book Night.


25th February 2011

Join Listening Books on Facebook

Keep up to date with Listening Books on Facebook. We will be sharing staff recommendations and charity news. Become a fan by liking the page and help spread the word!

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23rd December 2010

Listening Books will be closed for the holiday period

The office will be closed from Christmas Eve and will re-open on the 4th January. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a happy and peaceful break.


File:Aa snow 2010 01 05 00.jpg3rd December 2010

Postal disruption due to the weather

We'd like to apologise to any of our members who aren't receiving their audiobooks through the post. We rely on Royal Mail and their services to get the audiobooks to our members, and their deliveries have been disrupted due to the bad weather. Our online services are available 24 hours a day, so please call the library team on 0207 234 0522 for your username and password so you can continue to enjoy our audiobooks while the CDs are in transit.


Listening Books Christmas card17th November 2010

Listening Books Christmas cards for sale designed by Raymond Briggs

Our Christmas cards are now for sale and this year they are only £2.00 for a pack of 10. All profits come directly to Listening Books and will help us to continue to provide our service to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to download an order form. We would once again like to thank Raymond Briggs for his fantastic design and generosity.


Book cover for Jacqueline Wilson's 'Little Darlings'27th October 2010

Brand new titles for your library!

We have recently added hundreds of new titles which are available to download from our Downloadable website. Members can simply visit the website to download audiobooks to an iPod or other portable device. We are also constantly adding new streams; members can log into the members' area of this site to stream such new titles as Arthur Miller's classic play 'A View from the Bridge'. Don't forget to keep checking back as we update our catalogue on a regular basis.


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27th September 2010

Support Listening Books through Just Giving

Just Giving is a website where fundraisers organising or participating in events to raise money for a charity can set up their own fundraising page. We’ve received some great support over the last few months via Just Giving. Unicorn Tree Books kindly raised the fantastic sum of £480.63 by choosing us as their charity of the year. Upcoming events include Nick Bird running the Loch Ness Marathon in aid of Listening Books on 3rd October 2010 and David Lalor taking on the challenge of reading 52 books in one year! To find out more or to make a donation, please visit: www.justgiving.com/52books for David and www.justgiving.com/NickBirdLochNess for Nick.

Alternatively, if you would like to donate direct to Listening Books, please visit www.justgiving.com/listeningbooks/donate.

Listening Books simply could not continue to exist without the generous support of our sponsors, whether they be individuals, trusts or companies and we are grateful for all of the help we receive in allowing us to be a lifeline for the people who rely on our audiobooks.

If you are organising or participating in an event for charity and would like to raise money for Listening Books, you can set up your own page here

Do get in touch to let us know all about your event as we can provide you with case studies and photos for your page to help you raise money. We would also love to promote your event via our newsletter, website and Twitter page.


Brainwaves Logo12th August 2010

Brainwaves Education hosts open day

Brainwaves Education, a Suffolk based dyslexia and literacy support centre, will be hosting an open day on Friday 5th November to support Dyslexia Awareness Week 2010. They have invited us along to demonstrate our service and explain the benefits that listening to audio can bring. We'd love to see you there. Follow this link to find out more.

 


Streaming19th July 2010

Change of streaming provider

We will shortly be changing the company who provide us with streaming licences. This means that members will be prompted to re-enter their username and password so that a new licence can be downloaded to their computer. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our dedicated streaming support: cjones@listening-books.org.uk.




10th May 2010

Listening Books launch Downloadable!

A member listening on an iPod

Today we are launching a brand new service available FREE to all Listening Books members. We now have hundreds of audiobooks that can be downloaded to iPods, MP3 players and other portable devices. Click here to browse our fantastic new titles.

 

 


7th April 2010

Titles available to stream reaches 1000

Members streamingWe are happy to announce that members can now choose from over 1000 titles to stream straight to their computer. Use your username and password to log into the members' area and search our fantastic range of children's and adults' audiobooks.





29th January 2010

National Storytelling Week

Members listeningMany of us will associate storytelling with childhood. As we grow older and learn to read for ourselves, the need to be told a story diminishes. However, there are a large number of adults and children for whom storytelling continues to be an active part of their everyday lives. This is because they struggle to read a book or to turn its pages due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty.

Many of our members tell us that they would be lost without the support of Listening Books. As one of our members, Polly Higgins, says:

“Being told stories is a very basic pleasure from childhood onward and I should encourage anyone who loves to listen - to be informed, amused, entertained, exalted and elevated by the spoken word - to join Listening Books!”

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, Listening Books will be offering 12 computer streaming licences for the price of 10 to anyone signing up for the service between Saturday 30th January and Saturday 6th February inclusive. That’s just £20 for access to over 900 audiobooks from 12 different PCs. To find out more about National Storytelling Week click here.


Archived news 2009
 

A member listening

Downloads!

Listening Books members can download thousands of fantastic titles to an iPod or other portable player!

A couple listening

MP3 CDs!

Members can choose from a huge selection of MP3 CDs which we send through the post.

Education

Streaming!

Members can listen to over a thousand audiobooks live and direct from this website through internet streaming.


General enquiries:020 7407 9417 / info@listening-books.org.uk
Library enquiries: 020 7234 0522 / library@listening-books.org.uk
Fax: 020 7403 1377
Registered charity number: 264221 Patron: Stephen Fry President: The Rt. Hon. Lady Warnock DBE
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