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    I was amazed to discover (maybe I'm the last to hear) that the New York Public library has ebooks for checkout in Mobipocket format suitable for the Treo. Unlike the ones you buy, these are readable only for 21 days -- like a library book -- then expire.

    But the titles are current and commercial. I'm a big Elmore Leonard fan and have bought a bunch of his titles in PalmReader format over the years. ALL of his stuff -- including his long ago westerns and his current hardcover bestseller, The Hot Kid -- is available for e-checkout.

    NYPL also has travel guides, language dictionaries, reference materials....

    You have to have a NY library card to download. Not sure whether it's possible to get one as an out of towner. But maybe others here know of additional lending libraries for commercial ebooks?

    NY library ebooks page
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    From: http://www.nypl.org/books/cards.html#

    A Branch Libraries' card is free to anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes, or attends school in New York State. Others may apply, with payment of a $100 annual fee, for a nonresident library card.
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    Wow.

    More of a SF/Fantasy slant, but there are a bunch of free titles at http://www.baen.com/library/
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    But maybe others here know of additional lending libraries for commercial ebooks?

    Click on the "Powered by Digital Library Reserve, Inc" link at the bottom of the page and you can get to a list of libraries.

    http://www.dlrinc.com/Lib-Partners.asp
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    Great info, Lew. I had no idea the rights-holders were allowing ebook loans.
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    I also had no idea. Thanks folks
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    A followup question: here in Maryland Lew's link led me to:
    http://maryland.lib.overdrive.com/11...en/Default.htm

    This in turn leads to a question of whether I could play their free audio books on my Treo 600.

    This in turn leads to the discussion of the "Overdrive" software:
    http://maryland.lib.overdrive.com/11...r-Format25.htm
    which apparently uses WMA.

    Until today, I would've thought that this was a hopeless situation for the Treo (without burning CDs manually), but now there's a PTunes upgrade:
    http://treocentral.com/content/Stories/635-1.htm

    Does anyone have experience with whether this sort of setup will work?
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    I play recorded audio books all the time on the Treo 650. I ether download the file as an MP3, or record the stream to an MP3 using Replay Radio. Next, I just load the files onto my SD card using a card reader.

    Pocket Tunes has a great skin for audio books, as it has buttons letting me skip forward or backward by 15 sec/30 sec/1 min/2 min/5 min.
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    Maybe I was the last to know but the NYC library deal is GREAT, I have been searching the web for current e-books (that are free) with no luck. The ones that I did find were out of copyright for like a 100 years already, (Yes - I know nothing like the classics). So I just signed up for the NYC card and emailed my local library in NY to see if they have anything as I can use the local card immed.

    This is GREAT, now I might actually read something other than the manual.
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    Thanks to this thread, I found that San Francisco also has a net library with audiobooks.

    I downloaded a book to my computer and then transferred to my SD card with a card reader. However, the book won't play on my Treo. Is it only licensed to the device where it's downloaded?

    Can someone tell me how to successfully transfer the audiobook so it plays on the Treo?

    I can't wait to start listening!

    JC
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    Quote Originally Posted by jccomo
    Thanks to this thread, I found that San Francisco also has a net library with Audilbe Books.

    I downloaded a book to my computer and then transferred to my SD card with a card reader. However, the book won't play on my Treo. Is it only licensed to the device where it's downloaded?

    Can someone tell me how to successfully transfer the Audible book so it plays on the Treo?

    I can't wait to start listening!

    JC
    Try to burn it on a CD and rip it using Windows Media Player. You must have a player that supports the audio format you downloaded. I buy my books from audible.com and transfer them directly to my treo and my computer.

    Good luck!
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    Hi JCB,

    I need a little more guidance....I have successfully downloaded the file (.wma) from the libary to my computer and it plays with Window Media Player. I have PTunes Deluxe on my Treo which does support .wma files. But the license to play the book apparently didn't transer because I get a message that the file is encrypted and needs a license to operate on the Treo.

    The Net Libary instructions says to transfer the file by synchronizing to a portable device using Windows Media Player 10. But this won't work with the Treo.

    Any ideas?

    JC
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    Check this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...rm/pluwiz.aspx

    I hope i am steering you into the the right direction.

    You should be able to open the tab on WMP that says library in your computer and locate your audible book file. Next select the tab that says burn and insert a blank cd. Select the item to burn on the burn list and proceed to burn. Once you are able to burn it on a cd, insert that same cd in your drive, open WMP, and select the Rip tab. WMP should be able to identify the file in the CD and rip the encryption that is protecting it.

    Once you ar able to rip it, WMP saves the ripped or unprotected file in your library also (you know this by clicking the right side button of your mouse and selecting propierties -- it says protection yes/no). There you have 2 ways to go:
    1)Transfer the unprotected file directly to your sd card or
    2) from WMP library, choose the unprotected version, connect your treo to your pc, open pocket tunes and choose the sync tab. WMP should be able to recognize it. If not refresh using F5. Be sure to have pockettunes latest upgrade which enhances WMP compatibility.

    I think you should be able to listen to your file in your device. Unless it is a single download license. Anyway, this links migh also help: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...vice/0060.aspx
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    Check out Cory Doctorow. He is an excellent and sucessful sci-fi writer who releases all of his current works as "open-source" on his website. You can also buy them in the store if you want. I have several of his books on my treo. I suggest down and out in the magic kingdom ... wonderful!

    www.craphound.com
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    Thanks to the help of the very resourceful support from Dave at NormSoft-- the developer of Pocket Tunes-- I was able to download successfully the Audio book from Net Library.

    You need the current version of Pocket Tunes Deluxe ( 3.1.1) & Windows Real Player v 10.

    For those interested, here is the process that Dave explained:


    Make sure you have run the English Windows Installer exe file from NormSoft's site on your desktop.

    Connect your device to the USB and open Pocket Tunes.

    Choose Windows Media Player if a window pops up asking you to choose your media player.

    Now once Windows Media Player is open, after a short time, it should display the device in the sync window on the left side.

    Then find the Audio book you want to transfer and double click on it to start it playing in Windows Media Player,this should pop up a window to enter your NetLibrary login. Once you enter your login, Windows Media Player will validate it and now you can transfer to the device.

    Right click on the title and select "Add to sync list"

    Then go to the Sync tab and press "Start sync"

    Windows Media Player will transfer the file to your device and once it says complete, you should be able to play the file.

    Thanks to Pocket Tunes and Net Library-- a whole world of free Audio books is available.


    JC
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    I am trying to download/sync a book I downloaded from NetLibrary. I got it to sync in my PTunes and it is on the SD card. However, when I try to listen to the book it says I need a license. I never got a license. It was properly checked out from NetLibrary. What am I doing wrong?

    My PTunes and WMA don't seem to be talking either like in jccomo's post. I just added the book to my SD Card and when I tried to open it it synched.

    Hellp please!!! I have an 18 hour flight next week and need something to listen to!!!
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    You need to sync the Book to your SD Card through Windows Media Player not the Treo sync function. When you open the book through WMP, it will ask you for the your Net Library logon, this will transer the license to the PC. And when you then sync through WMP, this will transfer the license to the Treo.

    If you follow the instructions in my last post, it should work. It has for me.

    If you still have problems, Dave at NormSoft (developer of PTunes) is the best and most responsive expert support you could hope for. Email him at:support@normsoft.com

    Hope that helps.

    JC
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    I did sync the book thru the Windows Media Player. I seem to be missing the step where PTunes and WMP talk together. When I synced with WMP it did ask for my NetLibrary ID. I can hear a beep where it seems the Treo is trying to talk to my laptop/WMP. But no luck "seing" each other.
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    When you sync through Windows Media Player, you should have PTunes open on your Treo and Windows Media Player should then recognize your device and have it listed in the right column. That's the step where they "talk" to each other.

    For some reason, I found that one only one (the top one) of my 2 USB ports on my HP Workstation worked for this sync. When I used the bottom port to sync with the Treo, WMP couldn't detect it. When I do a normal sync with the Treo and my Palm desktop data, both ports work.

    If you have successfully transferred the book from WMP to PTunes through the sync function the license should have transferred.

    Again, Dave at Normsoft is a wiz at this...I'm not! But happy to try to help given all the help I've received here.

    JC
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