Sanguinity (sanguinity) wrote in multcolib,


Back in November, there was a question about how Library2Go was working for folks. No one commented back then, but now that I've played with it for audio books a little, I thought I'd offer my first impressions.

  1. You have to download their rights-management software.
  2. You can't use it on a Mac.
  3. You can check out/put on hold up to 6 titles at a time. These do not count toward your limit of fifteen holds at MultCoLib. (The Library2Go check-out/hold system is wholly separate from MultCoLib.)
  4. Held materials are held for three or four days. (I forget which, but SHORT.)
  5. Materials checked out to you expire after 10 days, no renewals. (If you want it for another 10 days, you have to re-check it out, and re-download it.)
  6. Some titles are "always available" (no need to wait in a hold line) but checkouts still automatically expire after 10 days.
  7. You can (supposedly) transfer a downloaded book to CDs and DRM-enabled MP3 players.
  8. I don't yet know if the ten-day checkout-duration is somehow enabled on the MP3 players, or if you can store it there for longer.
  9. When you transfer to MP3 player, it transfers in 70-minute files---if you have to stop listening part way through that 70 minutes, you're on your own for picking up where you left off.
  10. If you listen via their rights-management software, you DO get bookmarks within the 70-minute chunks, but they tend to be no more frequent than chapter breaks.

I've had some trouble with porting books to my MP3 player. So far, my player will play the always-available copy of Count of Monte Cristo, but not play the book I had to put on hold and wait for. Quite a lot of the 10-day check-out period has ticked away while I've been screwing around with the MP3 player. (Downloading, reformatting, downloading, re-reformatting, downloading. At one point, tech support's instructions made my MP3 player forget that it was an MP3 player. Joy.)

So far, I'm not particularly impressed. The idea of downloadable media was nice, but it's not implemented in a way that is of much use to me. I don't have the time to listen to an entire book in 10 days; I'm not interested in buying a stock of one-use CDs so that I can burn the books, listen to them at my leisure, and then throw the CDs away; I can't get the books to reliably transfer to my MP3 player.

Frankly, this isn't an improvement over checking out audio CDs and ripping them to my hard drive.

Anyone else had any experience with Library2Go? Did it work out better for you?
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