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Subject: Audiobook popularity
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 1:46 AM ET
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I just got an iPod for Christmas (yay!) so I'm wanting to get into the world of audiobooks. However, I'm wondering how popular they are and how quick the turnaround usually is before I shell out two credits and then get stuck with an audiobook that I'm done with but can't send off. Any tips or experiences that people have had with audiobooks would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
~Kayla

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 6:16 AM ET
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I use the libarary as a source of Audio books for my Mp3 player. 

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 11:41 AM ET
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Kayla - It's been my experience that audiobooks move pretty quickly on PBS, as long as they are CD and not Cassette.  It's not at all uncommon to have only one copy of a particular audio in the system.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 12:45 PM ET
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I agree, cassettes barely move so I've finally donated most of mine to the library.  CD's, especially unabridged, fly off my shelf.  But, if you are looking for deals, most folks with the cassettes generally offer great deals over at the Bazaar.

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 8:59 AM ET
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CDS usually move pretty quickly.   Some of the abridged versions of really popular heavily posted books might sit for a bit.  I had an abridged version of The Davinci Code that sat on myshelf for a couple months.  But it was eventually ordered.  Most are WL or not posted into PBS and go right away.  I ended up taking a few of my cassettes to the thrift store as there seemed to be no interest in them.  I find most CDS are ordered within a week even if they aren't WL.

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:39 AM ET
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And if you are loading them into your I-Pod, you have a great advantage: you can upload them to the computer as soon as you get them and immidiately post them with virtually no delay. I have gotten audiobooks from FOL sales before, and posted them before listening in order to move it along. The book is always requested before I finish listening - and I spend a lot of time in my car!

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:28 PM ET
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<<you can upload them to the computer as soon as you get them and immidiately post them with virtually no delay. I have gotten audiobooks from FOL sales before, and posted them before listening in order to move it along. The book is always requested before I finish listening - and I spend a lot of time in my car!>>

Not to play Devil's Advocate, but this is technically against copyright law.  Once you part with the original audio, you should delete any copies from your computer, iPod, etc.  They take a very dim view of "downloading and immediately reposting" over at Swap-A-CD, and I imagine they would here, too.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 2:35 AM ET
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Really? I wouldn't have thought that would be an issue...I know you are not supposed to make more than one copy. I guess I just never thought about making a copy and reselling (or swapping!).

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:10 AM ET
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I guess I'd be a little dubious about swapping audio CDs simply because it's pretty hard to know you got a good trade until you actually listen to the whole book and can be sure it works, isn't scratched up, skippy, etc. I have bought a few used audiobooks at UBS and listened to half of a book only to find that the third or fourth CD was warped or had some flaw that made it skip horribly or something and wasn't able to complete the book. One time I bought a 10-disc CD and found that Disc 8 was for the WRONG book...I learned to check them out before leaving the store after that--but actually I don't buy many used audio CDs anymore.

I also much prefer downloading audiobooks from the library and then loading them onto my MP3 player or listening from the computer. I've been doing that a lot lately!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I guess I'd be a little dubious about swapping audio CDs simply because it's pretty hard to know you got a good trade until you actually listen to the whole book and can be sure it works, isn't scratched up, skippy, etc.

I was worried about that, too, but I've had a lot of success with getting good CDs here and at swapaCD and I've only had one that skipped...it was the last song of a CD.  Minor flaws can be repaired with a scratch remover.  I get mine repaired at my local blockbuster.