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Streaming is a service where Calibre audio books are delivered to you live as you listen, using the internet (as opposed to downloads where the complete book is delivered before you start listening).  Calibre members can listen to them on internet enabled devices which include computers and of course smart mobile phones.  This service offers:

instant access to all of our books, almost 11,000 unabridged titles
no waiting for the post and
complete mobility to listen to the book anywhere, at any time, using your internet enabled smart phone. 

Calibre's streaming was developed in partnership with ipadio The project was fully funded by grants including major contributions from Big Lottery Fund, The Rothschild Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Beatrice Laing Trust.

Our library catalogue now includes a sample audio clip for all digital books.  Anyone can listen to the audio sample - you do not have to be a member.

The streaming service is provided completely free of charge to existing Calibre members. If you wish to stream a book, you must first login to your account which is automatically enabled for streaming. Your login will consist of your membership number and your password, which is your surname. You should not amend your password, which is not case sensitive. Members will see a "streaming booklist" facility where they can add books they wish to listen to via streaming.

For more information about our streaming service please see our User Guide to Streaming

We are delighted to welcome new members to Calibre who wish to use our streaming service. Our normal criteria for membership apply as Calibre is a charity operating under copyright licence for the benefit of people unable to read print. as a result of visual impairment, dyslexia or another disability. A single payment £35 joining fee applies for new adult members (£20 for under 16's).

Streaming is across the UK, EU and in countries that have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty. 

Members wishing to stream should check their existing broadband or mobile service agreements to ensure they allow high or unlimited data.  Calibre cannot be responsible for any costs incurred for streaming delivery  and we do not recommend streaming on "pay as you go" type contracts.