Booklover Bites – Short stories, name your price and library services

    • The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki MurakamiDo you enjoy short stories in audio? I do. And as an Audible subscriber I am able to pick up a different audio short for free every month or so. Haruki Murakami’s short story, The Elephant Vanishes, taken from his short story collection of the same name, is one of the free titles currently available to members.  In typical intriguing Murakami style, the charming tales’ purpose is to make his audience think.



        • Council libraries offering online borrowing of ebooks and audio book titles. I may well just be really behind the times here, but I recently discovered that my local council library (Brisbane, Australia) allows it’s members to borrow ebooks and audio books directly from it’s online catalogue from the comfort of our own homes. Of course they do not have every brand new title in their catalogue but the range is surprisingly good for a free council service in my opinion! I borrowed the audio book Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh the other day and it was a really easy process once I had downloaded the necessary software etc to transfer it to my iphone.


        So I pose a question to readers of Booklover Book ReviewsDo we just have a really great library service in the city I live or is this a service commonly offered throughout Australia and in other countries around the world?

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        1. My local library service doesn’t have an online borrowing catalogue available, but there are several others here in Melbourne that do and so I have been able to borrow from them instead. Last time I spoke to my library I was led to believe that it is possible just a question of when rather than if for it to come to my area too.