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Do you have the living dead on your library shelves?

Sony put a stake through the heart of the Walkman this week, putting another nail in the coffin of the cassette. I must admit that I still have a few good old books on cassette on my middle school library shelves – but I also have cheap personal cassette players for check out. 21st century kids consider CD players as archaic technology, and must be carefully instructed in the workings of the almost steampunk-worthy cassette: “You have to flip it over?”

Sony has announced April 2011 as the date of the last  shipment of the cassette Walkmans. The tape has been moved from life-support to hospice care, with only a handful still manufactured by audiobook producers. It was over two years ago when Hachette Audio celebrated the tape’s demise with a light-hearted wake for the cassette. Perhaps it’s time for the rest of us move those last remaining “books on tape” to the discard pile in the great beyond.



Posted in: Audiobooks

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Mary Burkey is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian in the Olentangy School District in Columbus, Ohio. Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

2 Comments on "Do you have the living dead on your library shelves?"

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  1. Three questions …

    Which format do you personally use the most when listening to audiobooks (e.g. cassette, CD, mp3)?

    Which do you prefer?

    What device would you recommend to a young librarian ready to make the leap to downloadable audiobooks? (And whose cassette player is broken in her car?)

    This is also a question I get from my patrons while serving in a public library.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Mary Burkey says:

      Personally, I still listen to CDs in my car the most – it’s just more convenient. But I do also use my cell phone occasionally and my Kindle 3 as players, as well. If I were making the leap to downloadables from my public library or Audible, and didn’t have an MP3 player, I’d buy the Sanza Clip+ You can watch a rave review from cnet here:
      But if you have a smart phone, be sure to check out the iPhone & Android apps Audible & OverDrive Media (probably your public library’s download provider). One less thing to carry!

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