This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray. The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today. -Beth
Mon, Jul 1, 2013
IndieFlix allows you to view thousands of independent films online in your browser. They vary in length from a few minutes to full length (2+ hours). Films are unlimited access, so there is no waiting and no holds.
You need an internet-enabled computer, tablet or smart phone that allows streaming video. If you have data limits on your phone or device, please consider whether there is a cost before downloading a free movie from Indieflix. You can also use your Roku or Xbox to stream video—just look for the app in your app store and type in the code provided with your IndieFlix account.
For free access from Appleton Public Library you will need to enter through the Recorded Books Gateway, which is on the Appleton Public Library website, below the picture of the InfoSoup library card. The Gateway also provides access to Zinio, where you can get subscriptions to 100 popular magazines and download digital copies. If you currently have a Zinio account you can use the account information to sign into the Gateway (2). If not, you should create an account (1). You can find out more by exploring the gateway (3).
Once you have logged into the gateway, click the orange IndieFlix bar, and create an IndieFlix account.
You can search for films by title, actor, director and other parameters. You can narrow the search using filters like length of film, genre, intended audience, film festival, country, and web series. Channels provide a good way to browse films by genre or film festival. There are a variety of films to fit your taste.
Quality independent films are now available to you almost anywhere. Don't forget the popcorn!
Funding for this service is provided by the Friends of Appleton Public Library.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013
Seems like everyone is driving or traveling in the summer—check out a book on cd or Playaway or download a digital audio book to make those endless miles more enjoyable!
Audio books are titles read or acted by voice actors—either an individual or a group. The full cast audio books are like a play, with different actors playing the parts, sometimes with music and sound effects. Listening to a book can give you a whole new experience compared to reading it. Some staff favorites are listed on our Better As Audio booklist.
If you are traveling as a couple and want an audio book that both of you can enjoy, try one of the titles on our Road Trip for Two list.
Summer is prime time for travel as a group. Some favorite listens for the whole family appear on the Family Road Trip booklist.
The Appleton Public Library has audio books in several formats:
A special free program for those who listen to YA books allows you to download and keep two free audio books each week. There are two titles per week during the summer, a YA title and a classic--see the titles here. Publishers have donated use of these titles, and the site is hosted by Audiofile. Check it out at www.audiobooksync.com.
There are also free audio sites online, but titles are generally not read by voice actors, so the voice quality may vary. However the price is right! Check out Librivox, Librophile, and Books Should Be Free.
Enjoy a great listen this summer!
Sat, May 11, 2013
Do you speak a language other than English or want to practice the language you are learning in school? Are you visiting the US and are homesick for entertainment in your native language? Perhaps you are a film buff who loves foreign films?
We have films from many countries at the Appleton Public Library. This month the film display highlights foreign films so it’s extra easy to find one. The display is behind the Information Desk.
We also have an updatedForeign Films list which lists many of our newer foreign films plus some “classic” foreign films. Films are arranged by language and/or country.
If you wish to search for a certain film, or category of film, there are various ways to search in InfoSoup:
1. Exact title. If you don’t see it in English, try looking for the name in the original language.
2. Director. Use the author field and type in the director’s name. If they have also written books, you can narrow the search by choosing DVD & VHS & Blu-ray as the format.
3. Actor. Use the author category. Narrow by format.
4. Choose the subject search; then enter one of these subject headings:
5. Once you find a film in a language you like, you can link to others by clicking the subject headings at the bottom of the entry.
Enjoy watching films from all over the world!
Fri, Apr 26, 2013
Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day! Every year on the first Saturday of May participating comic book shops give away comic books free to people who visit their stores. Learn more at http://www.freecomicbookday.com .
This year, the Appleton Public Library will be partnering with Chimera Hobby to be a give-away site.*
Appleton Public Library lends graphic novels—stories told in words and pictures, like a traditional comic book—for children, teens and adults. A display of teen and adult graphic novels from our collection will be available for check out, along with a guide to some interesting and important adult graphic novels. The library also has a large collection of manga.
We will also be promoting a program this summer for teens (grades 7-12) called Secret Identity Workshop. Teens will create their own superhero identity cards!
*One comic per person while supplies last. Titles will vary.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013
Cover, Grid or List—these are new ways to browse for titles.
For a quick look at the collection, try the cover view. You will see more books at once.
The Grid view shows more information about each title, including full title and author name as well as the name of the series, if appropriate.
The List view shows fewer books but also more information about the book. You can see the full description by clicking on the book cover.
Another way to narrow your search is to choose a collection.
“My library’s collection” means everything currently in the Wisconsin Digital Library collection for use, whether you need to put a hold on it or it is available for checkout right now.
“Only titles with copies available” will take away the titles which are all checked out, and you will see just items which can currently be checked out.
“Additional titles to recommend” searches through all titles which OverDrive currently has access to, whether already added or not. This is similar to a request for purchase, where you suggest that the library buy a title to be added to the collection.
Your search may also be narrowed by
Enjoy these new features which make it easier to find titles to your taste.
Send a Question or Comment to Appleton Public Library.