As busy as Americans are these days, most people don’t have the time to sit down and read a book. Books on CD or tape are a better option for those individuals who prefer to listen to a book than read it. Books come in many formats such as CD, cassette, and mp3.
Audio books are a great way to experience novels without actually sitting down to read them.
The classic place to purchase audio books on CD or cassette is from local bookstores. Booksellers such as Barnes & Noble and Borders have large selections to choose from. They usually average at around $20 per audio book, although it usually depends on the length and popularity of the book. Examples of recent bestsellers include James Patterson’s “Step on a Crack,” and Sophie Kinsella’s “Shopaholic & Baby.”
Audio books that can be purchased in bookstore chains are normally created with vocal professionals and tend to be voiced by celebrities or voice over specialists. They’re sometimes even voiced by the author. The person that provided the vocals should be listed on the front cover.
Local libraries also carry books on CD and cassette. They can be borrowed for free or for a small fee. Check the local library for their prices. Even though some libraries charge for rentals, they are still much cheaper than buying them in a store. If the reader intends to only listen to a book once, borrowing it from a library is a good choice.
Audio books can also be rented online. SimplyAudioBooks.com provides a subscription renting service for its members. For a low monthly fee, users can receive audio books in the mail. They can keep them for as long as they like since the company doesn’t charge late fees.
When finished, simply pop the audio books in the mail. Shipping is free. Once the company receives the book that was shipped, they’ll send another from the patron’s list. Subscriptions start as low as $11.95 per month.
Another way to listen to books is to download them. Mp3 audio books can be searched for and purchased on many Internet websites. Audible.com is a popular audio book download site. They offer low prices on mp3 audio books that can be used with the latest mp3 players. This is a great option for people who enjoy listening to books during jogging or other types of exercise.
There are services that also provide iPod audio books for download. Apple iTunes, the mp3 downloading program for iPod owners, provides a large selection of popular iPod audio books such as Michael Connelly’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.” The best part about this service is the price. Users can purchase and download audio books for as low as $2.95 per book.
There are certain audio books that can be found for free on the Internet. LibriVox.org provides free downloads of public domain mp3 audio books. Public domain means that the books are old classics that are now free to use. Most of the books are very well known, such as Charles Dicken’s” Oliver Twist” or Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Each book can be downloaded in either mp3 or ogg file formats.
Audio books can be listened to while on a road trip, on the treadmill, or while working in a cubicle. Busy people can get more reading done if they fit audio books into their routine. They can be bought at a store, borrowed at a library, or purchased on the Internet. Audio books are a convenient way to get reading done without the hassle of a physical book.
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