Simply Audiobooks Helps Ontario Hospitals Bring Comfort, Entertainment to Ailing Patients

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Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital is the first of ten Southern Ontario hospitals to receive an audio book library from Simply Audiobooks. The online audio book rental provider has committed $50k in audio books to Canadian health care facilities.

Simply Audiobooks launched a charitable campaign at Princess Margaret Hospital today, aimed at bringing the joy of reading to Ontario health care patients. The Oakville-based audio book rental provider has committed $50,000 in audio books to be shared between 10 Southern Ontario hospitals.

Speaking to an audience of patients and staff gathered at a concert for the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Diversional Activities Program, Simply Audiobooks CEO Sean Neville kicked off two weeks of donations by explaining the important role literature plays in enriching patients’ lives.

“Books are vehicles that transport their readers to new worlds where the imagination comes alive. They stimulate the mind and can take you away from your stresses. Hospital patients in particular can benefit from the positive effects of a good read, especially with books in audio format,” said Neville.

Heather Hardie, Manager of Volunteer Services who coordinates the Diversional Activities program at Princess Margaret accepted the audio book library. “A simple gesture such as offering audio books to pass the time can mean so much for patients. They tell how us how much it helps fill long days, and how much easier they are to use than holding a printed book,” said Hardie.

Neville will personally deliver ten audio book libraries to the following hospitals throughout the region over the next two weeks. Each library is valued at more than $5,000 and includes electronic listening devices to help the hospitals make the donations more easily accessible to their patients. Hospitals to receive the donations are:

Toronto: Princess Margaret and St. Michael’s Hospitals

Barrie: Royal Victoria Hospital

Brampton: William Osler Health Centre

Burlington: Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital

Guelph: Guelph General Hospital

London: St. Joseph's Health Centre

Mississauga: Credit Valley Hospital

Newmarket: Southlake Regional Health Centre

Oakville: Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

This is not the first time Simply Audiobooks has taken a proactive stance on community relations. In January of 2005, the company answered a call from New Jersey State Assemblyman Bill Baroni, delivering $10,000 in audio books to members of the New Jersey National Guard serving overseas. Simply Audiobooks counts servicemen and women in the United States as an important part of its member base, regularly delivering audio books to personnel overseas through Army Post Office addresses.

Simply Audiobooks also donates regularly to school charities and fundraising events on a case by case basis.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is the largest online provider of CD audio book rentals serving North America. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to offer an unlimited rental model for audio books, with free direct-to-door delivery and no late fees. Simply Audiobooks stocks thousands of titles in multiple genres, including fiction, non-fiction, business, spiritual, classic and children's literature. With offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas, Simply Audiobooks is the only audio book rental provider to service the United States and Canada. For more information visit

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