The Palace Project launches Audible content

By Micah May, June 24, 2022.
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Dear Friends of DPLA,

I am pleased to share that we have reached an agreement with Audible to make their audiobooks available to libraries through Palace Marketplace (formerly DPLA Exchange). The first batch of Audible audiobooks, including titles from authors Marie Benedict, Neal Stephenson, and Andy Weir, are already available, and titles will continue to be added to Palace Marketplace on a rolling basis.

These Audible titles will be part of an offering that already includes more than 1 million ebooks and audiobooks from all of the “Big 5” publishers, Amazon Publishing, and hundreds of mid-sized and independent publishers. We believe this agreement represents an important step forward in our work to expand access to digital content while protecting patron privacy. 

Like much of the content in Palace Marketplace, Audible titles currently are available to libraries via multiple licensing models:

  • 40 lends available 10 at a time
  • 5 lends available simultaneously
  • 2 years with lends available one at a time
  • 26 lends available one at  a time

All Palace Marketplace titles can be served to patrons through the Palace platform and app which officially launched earlier this month. You can download the free Palace app for iOS or Android.

If you’ll be at the ALA Annual Conference, I hope you’ll be able to join us at these events on Saturday, June 25: 

  • DPLA: A Look Ahead, 9-10 am in Room 151 B, at which DPLA executive director John Bracken, director of community engagement Shaneé Yvette Willis, and I will give an update on our work
  • Ebook Innovation Lightning Round, 2:30-3:30 pm in Room 158 A-B, which will be an overview of library-driven innovation in ebook delivery with short talks by Michael Blackwell of St. Mary’s County Library and of ReadersFirst; Jason Broughton, of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled; ALA’s Alan Inouye; Michele Kimpton of The Palace Project; Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian; and Kelvin Watson of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. 
  • A reception to celebrate The Palace Project with LYRASIS and Knight Foundation, 5-7 pm at the City Tap House, 901 9th Street NW. (See the invitation and RSVP here.)

We hope you’ll also stop by LYRASIS booth #2933 to learn more about The Palace Project and get a product demo. To find out more about Palace Marketplace or The Palace Project, visit our website or contact us.  

Thank you,

Micah May

Director of Ebook Services, DPLA

DPLA’s ebook work is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Palace Project is committed to building and expanding a digital future for libraries and their patrons, and builds off of a longstanding investment in DPLA’s ebook work by Sloan Foundation. The Palace Project is a division of LYRASIS, working in strategic partnership with Digital Public Library of America and funded by a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment by the Knight Foundation.