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Subject: Definition of an audiobook?
Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:40 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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What is the definition of an audiobook (which costs two credits)? I remember seeing a definition somewhere on PBS that defines an audiobook as a set of recordings that contains the text of a book, rather than a recording or set of recordings that accompanies and supplements a book. So a narrator reading "Winnie the Pooh" would be an audio (and cost two credits); but a book for language study, which has an accompanying set of tapes reproducing part (but far from all) of the text would not. Is this correct?

I ask because I request and post a lot of language texts, and many of them have recordings and are listed for two credits. By this definition they are incorrectly entered (and I've wasted probably ten credits over the last few months). None of them are tapes/CDs that stand on their own.

Anyone know? Thanks!



Last Edited on: 9/20/10 6:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:52 PM ET
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An audio book is a recording of someone reading a printed book. "Winnie the Pooh" might be a bad example because children's read-along books that have both a book and a CD are only worth one credit. A recording of someone reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is definitely an audio book. You can buy either the audio version or the printed version, and you get the exact same content in both cases.

Language classes that have a book are worth 1 credit. Language classes that don't have a book are not postable. Other educational recordings, like those from "The Teaching Company" are also not postable.

If you think an item is incorrectly listed as an audio book, you can send in a feedback message and ask to have it changed. This is just like asking to have a paperback listing changed to a hardcover listing.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 5:13 PM ET
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To help clarify what Kathy said, per the Help Center document, "What can be posted for swapping here", it states:

Allowed: Audio language courses with accompanying bound book.  (These are considered a bound book with accompanying media, and swap for 1 credit. They are not "audio books," which are books read aloud by a narrator.)

Not allowed: spoken-word recordings [this would be like a Bill Cosby comedy recording]

Audio language courses without accompanying bound book.  (if audio tapes/CDs ARE accompanied by a book they are considered a bound book with accompanying media, and swap for 1 credit. They are not "audio books," which are books read aloud by a narrator.)

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:37 PM ET
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Thanks! That's what I thought. There are an awful lot of these listed incorrectly, then.