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Downloadable Audio Books: A Popular Trend

Aug 17, 2007
Downloadable audio books are gaining popularity all over the world for many reasons but mostly because you don't have to give up reading just because you are too busy. Many of us enjoy reading a good book and have favorite authors whose books you had to buy and carry with you all over the house in the hope that you will get the chance to open and read it as soon as you get the chance. Unfortunately when we read our whole body comes to a stand still as we engage the attention of the brain through the eyesight without which you cannot conduct other activities. However since the audio book has been introduced you can listen to your favorite book while doing other things like chores or driving.

People who spend a large amount of time traveling find audio books to be an excellent way to put normally wasted time to good use.

What Are Audio Books?

Audio books are generally taped spoken versions of books. Some are electronically generated but most people seem to prefer listening to an actual human voice reciting a novel or article. Anyone can get enjoyment from this type of book, from children to adults.

Audio books can enable people with poor attention spans or those that simply don't have the time or inclination to read a book an opportunity to still hear the story and not miss out on the opportunity to experience the thrill of a good story.

Many children's toys now come with variations of audio books, designed to encourage the child to develop an interest in books even before they can actually read them by themselves. These types of audio books can also free up time for busy parents. They are handy when traveling or at times when there is not enough light to read by.

People with poor sight that do not wish to use reading glasses in order to enjoy their favorite books can also make valuable use of audio books.

Audio Book Downloads - Are they Worth the Price?

Most people agree that audio books can be quite expensive in shops or the Internet but the downloading of audio books tends to be cheaper than the purchasing of one in an actual shop. Of course the audio books that are free are the greatest value of all, as long as the sites they are downloaded from are legitimate.

Downloadable audio books from a reliable source are an economical alternative to joining a book of the month type club. The advantage is that you pay once and can gain access to it at any time of the day and have the freedom to download it more than once. So, you can have 24x7 downloadable audio books available and there is no need to wait for books to arrive after being shipped for delivery. What's more, there is no time limit nor are there any due dates and once your download is finished you are the owner forever.

The only negative aspect of an audio book download is that there is no physical item, it is just a file and when looked at in this way, the price can seem somewhat extravagant. However, they can be transferred onto discs and external devices which means they can last longer and be used on an ipod, mp3, or even cd player if allowed to copy the file onto a disc. This should be verified before purchase.

Downloadable audio books are growing in popularity because they are easily accessible, affordable, and portable. It is estimated that audio books produced $187 million in revenue last year and the projected sales for the near future is in the billions of dollars. They fit into today's busy lifestyles and the increase in sales is proof that more and more consumers are discovering and enjoying downloadable audio books.
About the Author
Mark Eiland is an avid supporter of using audio books especially for schools, commuters, and for people visually impaired or with dyslexia. Discover the world of audiobooks with access to over 5,000 downloadable audiobook titles at my website which is at http://www.earforaudiobooks.com
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