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Subject: Audio ebook virgin......your thoughts
Date Posted: 1/26/2011 11:38 AM ET
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So my husband gave me a B&N Nook for Christmas.  I accepted it with a polite smile, fully expecting this contraption to gather dust in my closet as I have always told anyone who would listen that I am a traditional-book-in-my-hands kind of girl....

But hey, I really like this gadget! 

But I notice a lot of library books over WMA Audio books...uh audio book?!?! Do I even bother to try it? Since I have drank the kool aid, so to speak, I think I am willing to venture into this world of listening to books - but I am afraid that I will listen to audio books the way I listen to music - i.e. half paying attention (I am that person who sings the wrong words to a song because I never pay attention to the words)

Those of you who like audio books, how did you transition? Do you find yourself liking one more than the other?

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 11:46 AM ET
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I think you just have to try it and see.

I like audio books on long trips, but can't keep up with them around the house. My mind wanders. But DH loves them for his long commutes, and he's got a reading disability so doesn't find he reads for pleasure. So I have my Sony and my paperbacks and he has his audio books.

I think it's just a personal thing you'll have to discover for yourself.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 1:44 PM ET
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I listen to audiobooks while I'm driving, doing house work, or going out on walks.  I love audio books for that purpose--it makes the house work seem less tedious!  But, I love regular books for when I have a quiet moment to myself.  I usually have one audio book and two-three regular books going at once.

But, I'm not sure if the nook will play WMA audio books, I kind of think that it won't.  There are quite a few cheaper mp3 players that will.

Does your library  offer any downloadable books in ePub format?  Those will work on your nook--they're regular (not audio) books.   Are there any other libraries in your area that you could get a card to that offer ePubs?  I'm lucky enough to live in Northern California and have access to quite a few different libraries here that offer ePubs for download.  You can also check out the Free Library of Philidelphia--they offer a library card to non-residents for $15/year.  The wait lines can be kind of long for books over there--I'm sure because of all the folks with non-resident cards.  But the lines do move fairly fast as they usually seem to get multiple copies of the more popular books.

Enjoy your nook!

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 4:08 PM ET
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Our library here in VA offers a lot of epub/adobe books (although most need to be on a hold list...). i think there is a way to convert a WMA file to an mp3 file...been looking at at the internet for tips, since Nook can play mp3 files.

Listening to audiobook while doing housework & walking the dog makes sense! I never thought about using audio books that way....

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 5:02 PM ET
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Karen, for years I didn't think that I wanted to do audio books.  And, I still do them only when I can't be reading a real book, my Kindle, or my Sony.  However, I've learned that listening to books makes driving, housework, and walking for exercise go much faster.  When I got my Zune (Microsoft's version of the Ipod, or mp3 player), I got a few (they don't have many) books on CD from my local library, plus used credits to get books on CD from pbs.  I learned that I love to listen to some books.  Others, I would rather read.  When I gained access to the Free Library of Philadelphia, I gave up the books on CD (too much time to download each separate disk) and started using Overdrive to put audio books on my Zune. 

I could put these on Kindle (or so I have read on Amazon), but I can't see carrying the Kindle around with all the activities that I do while listening.  I bought 3 things, besides earphones, that I use to listen in different places.  For $10 each on ebay, I bought small plastic speakers that I just plug my Zune into.  So...I listen in the kitchen and in the bedroom (while getting dressed, etc.).  Then, I stumbled on a clearance sale at Target and bought a thingie (have no idea what it's called) so that I can listen to books through the car radio.  Now, I'm saving the few unlistened-to books on CD (from pbs) for long drives.  By the way, I would never spend the money that these audio books cost to buy outright.

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 1:23 AM ET
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Converting them from WMA to MP3 is NOT legal!  Go to BEST Buy & for $40 buy a WMA PLAYER!  SANSA CLIP!  Works great holds Several Books at Once!  PLays for 15 HRS without charge!!!

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 5:44 AM ET
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If you want to try audio books for free just go to librivox.org and download one.  It's fun to get the classics and listen to them.  Librivox is a volunteer group that records public domain books that are free to anyone.  My favories are Heidi, and Little Princess that I remember from childhood.  Although any Jane Austin is good as well.  Dawn

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 1:03 PM ET
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thanks for the tip on librivox.org, I will try that! 

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 12:32 PM ET
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My public library offers both eBook and Audiobook downloads through Overdrive.  I've requested several of each and most have taken only a few days to become available.

They are downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions (a small free software download) and then transfer easily to my eReader.  I love the audiobooks when I'm using my treadmill!  Also, I have no trouble reading while on the treadmill if I use a large font - plus I can listen to music at the same time - my eReader is WONDERFUL! 

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 6:31 PM ET
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I tried to figure out how to do audiobooks on my Nook and it didn't look like I could. I wil have to look into finding an MP3 version of an audio and see if it works.

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 10:47 AM ET
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I downloaded a few Audio books on my Nook and they took up all my bytes!

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 11:01 AM ET
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I think the problem with using your reader for audiobooks is that it sucks up all of your memory and your battery.

Personally I love audiobooks for the same reasons people have stated above - dog walks, exercise, long trips and housework all go faster.  I have mine and my husband's loaded to my iPod, but they do take up a lot of memory, especially if you're like me and don't ever delete them (I re-listen).  Our combined 95 audiobooks are close to 45 GB.

If your library has playaways, that would be a great way to check out if these even interest you.  It's a small player preloaded with one book.  You pop in a battery, plug in your own headset, and it's all right there.  Nothing to download and no database to manage.

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Date Posted: 1/30/2011 11:56 AM ET
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I like audiobooks and i do find that i can listen to them when I am doing something physical, like driving (love them for driving), but not when needing to do something mental and I am likely to fall asleep if doing nothing. 

I do prefer using cds in the car and mp3 player on my person.  I think the ebook readers are too big to be nice for listening.

I did download my first audio book from the library on overdrive.  I had a lot of trouble transfering it to my ipod.  the library downloads have digital rights management and I kept getting drm errors on the 2nd part to download and needing to reboot.  I went to microsoft and applied recommended fixes, but still errors.  I ordered a non-apple player and I will see on my next audiobook if it will be easier.  overdrive says it will load to the ipod, and I did get it loaded eventually but it was pretty painful.

Also who is reading the book can make a big difference. audible.com will allow you to search books by who is reading them, so if you like a particular reader, you can find more books they have done.  I have listened to a couple of books that use both a male and female reader for parts of the books that are pov of one or the other.  I really like it on the books that have done that and it does really fit with the way the story is written (ie wheel of time and tales of the otori series)


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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 2:37 PM ET
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I love audio books BUT I only listen to books I've already read, because my mind wanders too much. lol. I use them for when I'm driving and have them on an iPod.

Be careful about narrators, though. Some of them are great and some are awful.

If you find you like them, I find that an Audible membership is the most cost effective.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 9:51 AM ET
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I have an MP3 player and so so far I have just put e-books on the Nook.

My library seems to offer mostly wma dowloads (smaller file size,apparently) and although I found a program that will convert wma's to mp3's, overdrive stands in the way.



Date Posted: 2/2/2011 11:00 AM ET
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I think audiobooks have a place and time.  I like to listen to them when I'm in the car or exercising, as music bores me while I'm running in place on a treadmill for 30 minutes :) 

The absolute best audiobooks I've hever heard are the Harry Potter series.  Jim Dale does an AMAZING job narrating the books.  The most annoying book I've ever listened to was Never Let Me Go.

The downside about audio books is that a lot of them are abridged, and the slow parts of a book are just THAT...MUCH....SLOOOWER...when you're listening to it.

But, like the others have said, I would use an Mp3/wma player for audiobooks, not the nook.  I use my Zune Mp3 player and the software - Overdrive - made it work on my Zune.  I'm not techno savy enough to tell you if a Zune can handle a wma file, or if Overdrive did something to make it work, I just know it worked :)

Date Posted: 2/3/2011 12:15 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/6/2011 9:30 PM ET
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Be careful about narrators, though. Some of them are great and some are awful. 


Just got my first e-reader, which I really enjoy, and which is compatible with the local digital library. Unfortunately, one book I would like to re-read is only available in MP3 format [lost my hard copy long ago]. 

When reading, I don't want a narrator getting in the way. Even if it is someone with an excellent speaking voice, doubt I'd want to listen to it for an entire book.

Understand why a lot of people like audio books when doing other things, but think I'll keep my MP3 for music only.

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