Library for the past 10 years -- the traditional way. That will change after she joins the online audio book program.

"It sounds like a great idea," Feldman said.

Feldman said she was steamed recently when she had to return Dan Brown's Demons and Angels before finishing the last two CDs. Soon, her library will provide an on-site computer to burn audio books onto CDs, and she'll be able to hear how it ends from the comfort of her car.

"It's the only way to drive down here," Feldman said. "The traffic is horrible. This way, if you miss the left turn signal and you're involved in a good book, you don't care. It's better than a tranquilizer."

The biggest improvement the Tampa Bay Library Consortium could make to the program would be better educating librarians on what it offers, according to Feldman.

"If I hadn't asked two different libraries and my husband wasn't such a computer wiz, I wouldn't have understood exactly what they were doing," Feldman said.

Feldman said she likes to read books but hasn't been able to for years. She struggles with fibromyalgia, a fatiguing muscular disorder that makes it difficult for her to stay awake when she reads.

"On the disc," she said, "they are so much better than they'd be if you were reading them in book form."

Andy Opsahl  | 

Andy Opsahl is a former staff writer and features editor for Government Technology magazine.