Let me begin by saying, “Thank you”, to everyone who participated in last week’s discussion about traditional Bound Books, eBooks, and eReaders. If you missed that post, you can find it here.
The readers who spoke up covered the gamut from those who only read Bound Books or eBooks, to those who mixed it up and read eBooks when traveling and Bound Books at home.
It seems that the rising price of eBooks is a subject that has many of us concerned. Lauri reminded me that many public libraries have digital licenses for popular books and it is possible to “check one out” online up to 21 days. That sure beats buying a lot of electronic books.
Lauri and eLPy both brought up a subject that I completely missed: Audiobooks. Thank you for the reminder, ladies.
I have friends who drive long distances on a regular basis and many of them listen to books-on-CD. So far I have avoided and resisted the temptation to have my book read to me. I can’t give you a good reason or excuse why that is the case.
The Worm Has Turned
This weekend I got a promotional email from Amazon with an offer to try an audio “Classic”. In it was a list of free books that had an option to to get audio narration for only .99 cents.
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information,
which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail
to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is
contempt prior to investigation.” —Herbert Spencer
Folks, I’m a giver, and I was only thinking about you when I did some further research on the offer. Amazon has made it possible to switch between reading the eBook and listening to the audible narration without losing your place. It is also possible to sync the book across different devices and pick up where you left off.
I downloaded the free version of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 and added the audio narration option for .99 cents. I have read a bit and listened briefly to this tome. So far I have not lost my place when switching between text and audio, or when switching between devices.
Note to Consumers: The price for the audio narration option varies greatly on Amazon’s site depending on what book you are shopping for. Do your research before placing an order.
I will let you know how my experiment with Audiobooks turns out at a later date. In the meantime:
- Is it a novelty or a trend?
- What experience have you had with audiobooks?
- Do you multitask when you listen to your book?
- Are you able to retain the storyline effectively between sessions?
Thank you in advance for any insights you share with us.