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Libraries Embrace Digital Audiobooks
The 123,291 libraries in the United States are the nation's single largest consumer of audiobooks, making up a whopping 32% ($295.4 million) of the total annual audiobook market (according to the Audio Publishers Association). While CDs are still the dominant format when it comes to audiobooks, the growth in digitally downloaded audiobooks has been growing at over 50% a year since 2004, and modern libraries are helping to lead the way when it comes to digital audiobooks. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2008 -- Jared Patrick, owner of The Freeway Guides , a popular audiobook series sold into libraries nationwide states, "two years ago we would never have guessed how many people would be downloading the Freeway Guides directly from their local library websites without ever leaving their homes. Increased commute times, improvements in technology and the expectation of information on demand are driving this movement, and we are excited to see libraries leading the way." The industry's leading magazine on audio trends AudioFile Magazine, reports that audiobook use continues to soar. Audiobook users are frequently "on the go," and expand their reading time with audiobook listening. Libraries offering digital audiobooks via their websites have expanded their patron base because of the 24/7 availability and ease of access. Robin Whitten editor & founder of AudioFile states, "The amount of digital audio content purchased by libraries will only continue to increase."