Audio Books

We all know about bookstores. And real books. But just where do we find audiobooks?

Prior to the Internet, we all had no option but to physically visit the bookstores or order via phone or mail. But now with the advent of the Internet, you can search for the exact audio book you want, check out the cost and order it… without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

It is now safe to say that the audio book market place is now on the Internet. Physical bookstores can’t match the incredibly abundant advantages that shopping for audio books on the Internet provides.

The audio book market place on the Internet gives you the opportunity to instantly search for and find the particular audio book you are looking for.

This can’t be compared to the era of physically going through several bookstores and manually checking the thousands of books available before you find the audio book of your choice.

For those of you who don’t have an online audio book store in mind, you can get started by using the search engines to search for the audio book title of your choice.

There are hundreds of sites offering thousands of book titles in many varied categories and genres.

Apart from these audio book stores, there are other audio book stores in specific categories such as business, motivational, fiction, etc. For example, a site called Jeff’s healthy Living (www.jeffshealthyliving.com) offers a bunch of nutrition audiobooks. Online Christian Shopper (www.onlinechristianshopper.com) sells downloadable religious books and Tech Tips Today (www.techtipstoday.com) offers a large selection of sci-fi titles.

You get the idea. Whatever the niche, there are audiobook stores around, besides the big box sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

If you don’t find the particular audio book of your choice from the major audio book stores online, then use the search engines. It will be very helpful if you know either the exact name of the author or title. If you don’t, it can end up being a case of “jargon in jargon out”.

In other words, if you type in the wrong name of an author of an audio book you desire, it will be extremely difficult for you to find the particular audio book.

But there are so many audiobook titles available, you’ll probably find another audiobook you like just as much.

One of the hottest trends on the Internet these days is the downloading of audiobooks. I’ve been an audiobook fan for a long time and I have five reasons why I like them so much.

1) Audiobooks are available in many formats and thus can be heard in many ways, on many devices. After downloading, audiobooks are playable on computers, then can be burned to a disc, and can be loaded to an iPod or mp3 player.

2) The amount of books I read per week is greatly increased because the amount of time I have to sit down and read written books is very limited. Before audiobooks, I was able to squeeze in about 2 books a month. I still do read about 1 per month, but now, I add another 2-5 audiobooks that I listen to in my car or on my iPod.

3) Listening to audiobooks makes my downtime much more productive. An example is on the commute to work. Instead of listening to mindless radio, I prefer to listen to an audiobook. I work closely with my customers and I enjoy audiobooks on business and relationships. Since I started listening to the audiobooks on my commute, my productivity and bottom line have really taken off.

4) I used to do business with an avid reader who recently had a stroke. He is very happy that a friend turned him on to audiobooks. He can now still keep his mind active and can learn from books with out having to pick them up and turning the pages. His vision is also blurry so he has a hard time with words. Audiobooks are also great for the visually impaired. Rather then straining over reading small type, one only has to hit play and then can sit back and listen.

5) I no longer have to chase people down to get books back after I loan them out. We have all had this happen, you loan a friend a book and never see it again. Now it is no real loss if you don’t get back a cd that you made from your computer. Or it only takes a moment to load an audiobook to a friend’s iPod or mp3 player.