The 5 Most Common Questions Answered About Your Best Audio Books

Although audio books online are becoming more and more popular, it is still just a budding industry. A lot of people who are downloading their first audio books have a lot of questions about the process. Read on to find the answer to some of these questions.

Question: How can audio downloads be free?

Answer: The fact that publishers make a very small amount of money on each book is lost on most people. On a book that sells for $16, $10 may well go to transport and printing costs. The bookseller needs to make money of course. Then the author, illustrator, editors and staff need to get paid. When the publisher does eventually gets paid, only a small amount of the money is left.

With a spoken title, they actually make a lot more money by selling the tape/CD version, by selling advertising or by selling membership programs that give people access to thousands of audio publications all at once.

Question: How can I listen to my favorite audio in my Car?

Answer: You can either buy a CD or a tape, or you can download the MP3 version and plug your player straight into your car’s MP3 socket, or burn the CD yourself. The former may be easier if you don’t have a lot of technical expertise, but in most cases people who are capable of downloading content from the internet will not have a problem with burning to CD or straight to their player.

Question: What are the best sites for free audiobooks online?

Answer: It really depends on what you?re looking for. The best way is to look for a recommendation from someone you trust and who can point you in the right direction.

Question: I want to find X book online. Where can I find it?

Answer: If you have access to a good audio book library, try doing a search there. If that does not work,try searching Google for your favorite audio title + audio book. For example, “Cooking Audio Book” or “Harry Potter Audio Book”.

Question: What is a “Public Domain” audio book?

Answer: A public domain audio book is an one that has no copyright attached to it. This means you can distribute these books any way you see fit. Mostly, these titles are available as a free audio book download.

These are some of the common questions that come up when it comes to downloading cheap audio books online. In reality, finding free audio books online is easier than you may think. When you have done your first few downloads, it will then become second nature. Happy listening and enjoy!

Save Money on Books

Books are wonderful for entertaining yourself, expanding vocabulary, continuing your education or just collecting something beautiful, but books can be pricey. Here are some great ways to save money on books:

Buy Used Books: Books are expensive new. So why pay twice or three times as much for a book that’s only new until you walk out of the store? Chances are after you’ve read it once it will have the same wear-and-tear as it does straight off the shelf at a used book store. Besides used book stores try looking at thrift stores. Some have really good selections of books. You may even find valuable or rare old books at thrift store prices. If you’re buying text books you can save unthinkable amounts of money by buying them used.

Public Domain: After 70 years most books are no longer under copyright, thus a book can be legally copied and distributed at will. If you like to read old books and aren’t interested in collectibles you may want to try using a search engine like Google to find an online version for free.

Paperback Swap: There are a ton of book swapping websites out there but I think Paperback swap is the best. Book swaps are a great way to rotate your own library if you don’t tend to read books more than once. But don’t be fooled by the name, you get to keep the books unless you choose to relist them. Credits can be earned by sending your own books to another member or you can buy them. Then use them to buy books from other members.

Shop Online: What better way to shop around than to consult with the magic box of knowledge? There are tons of places to buy books online. Amazon, Half.com and Addall are a few of the most popular.

You probably already know that Amazon has new books at a discount price. But did you know if you click the little link that says “used and new from…” you can see books that other people have listed? These often start at one cent plus a standard shipping charge.

You can’t buy books directly from Addall but it is a great website for comparing prices from tens of thousands of booksellers. They have a wonderful search engine with as many or as few options as you want. The search results are very easy on the eye — not so complicated that you have to mentally sort everything.

Half.com brings together thousands of sellers into one easy website where you can search for almost any book you want and won’t be disappointed. It’s probably one of the best ways to shop for textbooks.

Library Book Sales: Your local library probably has sales from time to time. They may even have a shelf or a whole room that they keep open all the time. You can get some great books for next to nothing since they’re usually getting rid of duplicates or books that are rarely checked out.

Kindle: You may not own a Kindle but there’s a Kindle app for the iPod touch and iPhone. Kindle books are cheaper than real books and they’ll never wear out! If you like old books kindle is great; you can find whole collections of books that are in the public domain for free or next to nothing.

Borrow: If you have friends with similar taste swap books back and forth. Besides saving money it’s great to have someone to discuss a good book with! And of course there’s always the library.

Isn’t it wonderful to find great treasures at half price? The more you save the more you can buy within your budget!

Computers in Libraries Won’t Replace Books Anytime Soon

The idea of a paperless society has been the dream of computer enthusiasts for many years. Along with the “cashless society”, the hope that computers would replace the written word has resonated through sections of American society for many years. Although home computer usage has grown incredibly in the last 15 years making this seemingly possible in the near future, government agencies are slow to catch up. Libraries will have shelves of books for many years too come.

With home computer and Internet usage at an all time high it is no surprise that public libraries are struggling to make ends meet. Research that would have in the past required the use of a library can now be done much faster using a home PC and a few hours on Google. Couple this with the fact that library computers are generally out of date and over crowded, home research becomes the obvious choice. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in association with the American Library Association (ALA) recently funded a study that shows the demand for computer and Internet services has stretched existing library resources to capacity. The study also shows that “more than 73% of libraries reported that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet on their communities”. Although there is clearly great demand for these resources, there is little growth ahead. During peak usage hours it is not uncommon in some communities to have an hour wait time for computer access, and only 25% of all libraries report they have the computers to meet demand according to the ALA. Most libraries have not had a substantial increase in computers or technology since 2002.

This lack of technology is doing the most harm to the poor. Americans who have home computers and a fast Internet connection may not realize that large portions of society are cut off from the potential this technology can bring. Many Americans are now at the point where they could not imagine not being able to access the Internet, and the knowledge that would be denied is enormous. As a bastion of knowledge it has fallen to libraries to upgrade their capabilities and help more people access the information they need.

Cost is an issue in upgrading the existing public library technology infrastructure. Tax revenue is still the primary method of funding public libraries, but local government taxes have not been enough for a long time. It has become necessary to increase fines associated with library use and solicit donations in order to make ends meet and provide information services to patrons in need of a computer. Even using older refurbished laptops and desktops that have been donated or purchased has not offered enough saving to allow libraries to catch up to demand.

A new method of cutting costs and reducing computer wait time is wireless networking. By using wireless and Satellite Internet more than 17% of libraries claim they can reduce wait time by becoming a “Wireless Hot Spot” and allowing patrons to access the Internet from their own laptops as well as the library’s. This solution also solves many bandwidth issues libraries are having, but not all. Considering that some libraries still use dial-up Internet access any improvement in this area would be helpful.