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Subject: HELP
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:06 AM ET
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Hello,

I have a friend that loves to read and she is going blind and she can't read on her own anymore. I would like to try  to get her some books on cd's or tape.  It would be awful to go blind and ot be able to read anymore when we love to read so much.

I was wondering if there is anyone that can help me with this. I would appericate any help.

 

Thank you for listening.

Marcia

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 7:46 AM ET
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You can do a search for books and limit it to audio books.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:10 AM ET
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Are you looking for recommendations of good audios? 

If you have a Half-Price books near you-I've found a lot of discounted audios there.

There are probably alot in the system here as well.  You just need to do an advanced search and limit to CDs/Cassettes.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:15 AM ET
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Marcia:  I would be happy to donate credits for books  and donate money if she needs a player for audio books.  I agree that it would be awful not to be able to enjoy books.  Please pm me and I will be glad to help in any way.

Jane

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:18 AM ET
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I download a lot free to my mp3 player from the library - overdrive is the main system and one local library has netlibrary available. they c heck out like regular books for 2 or 3 weeks then automatically expire. you download the overdrive then it organizes all you check out. if her local library doenst have it she should be able to get another within the state..might take going in person once to open the account but should be all set then.

you can also check in the book bazaar for deals on audios..I find there are  only a few I've listened to more than once so I don't purchase audio. I think audibles.com may sell cd's also but I know they and some others have download purchase plans available.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:20 AM ET
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I've noticed that libraries are adding audio books to their collections. Perhaps you could check out a couple of audio books in her favorite genre and see if she likes listening to books. Kind of a test drive before investing in acquisitions.

Colleen

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:46 AM ET
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I don't have any audios or I'd be glad to donate a couple.  My library sales have been putting out more & more of them every year, so if there are any locally, I'd be sure to check there too.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 9:14 AM ET
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I have checked our local library . They have a few and she has listened to them.  but hanks.

I'm trying to get her some of her own because it's hard for her to get around .

But thank you. marcia

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Marcia,

Audible is by far the cheapest way to BUY them. They download to iTunes (and if she doesn't have an MP3 player can be played through the computer). Monthly memberships give you a constant stream of new, and then they always are having sales on books or credits.

I can't say enough good about them.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Your library might also do the Overdrive thing where you can download them from the web site -- free. You can get them for 3 weeks. I do that all the time.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for helping me some to get some sudio books for my friend. I sure do appericate it. I called her and tlold her about posting and what I had said and that people on here are helping me get some audio books for her.

She said how could people on her be so nice and care when thy don't know her.

I just told her that there are some nice people on her. It made her cry..

Thank you again. God bless all of you.

Marcia

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:44 PM ET
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Marcia - What genre does she like to read? I've got some FOTL book sales coming up and I'd be glad to keep an eye out for audio books.

I've already got you in my buddy list and just added a tag for audio books.

Colleen

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 12:52 PM ET
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Colleen,  Yea your on my buddy list too.

 

that's so sweet of you thanks. She like Historical romance, thrillers, mysteries.

I sure do appeicate it alot. I just found out our library here doesn't hav very many on cd and won't be getting anymore right away.

Thanks again.

colleen.

 

your friend, marcia



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Date Posted: 3/18/2010 1:55 PM ET
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Marcia, I can donate a used iPod shuffle, if you want one.  My kids have two somewhere around the house here that they don't use because I bought them both an iPod touch.  I have no idea how the goofy things work or how to get their hideous music off of them, but I know that a shuffle can play audiobooks and podcasts.  If you have an online source for the audios (and I think you have to use ITunes & Audible.com for this somehow), I can give you a player.  Just let me know.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 2:10 PM ET
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The only downside to audible (which I also use) is that you can't trade them afterwards. So if she's not likely to relisten to them then she can't trade them for other books.

There is also Booksfree which works like Netflix. They have an audio program. You pay a monthly fee based on how many you want to check out at one time, they pay for the postage to and from and even provide the mailers.  If she has an MP3 player you can turn them around pretty quickly although she should be sure to delete them after she listens. 

Does your library have an interloan system?  They might be connected to other libraries in your state and can have books transferred to them.  I also use Overdrive a lot.



Last Edited on: 3/18/10 2:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/18/2010 2:22 PM ET
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Mary,

I contacted our library today and they don't have an overdrive and they have very few audio books.  I will check out the booksfree website and see how much that will cost . thank you.

Yea she would listen to them more than once. 

Kim-- I pmed you.

That woud be greatly appericated. 

THank you everyone for being so nice. I know how hard it is for her and how much this will all help her once she gets them.

Thanks again.

Marcia

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 3:05 PM ET
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Messaged you back, Marcia.  On second thought, I have a new one you can have for her - still in the box.  I'm thinking someone with eyesight problems is going to have a difficult enough time with one of these itty bitty things, much less if it doesn't have the instruction book and is already loaded up with a bunch of heavy metal screamo songs:P  My DH put this one in my X-mas stocking & I've never even opened it, so I doubt that it will ever get used, and it would do more good in your friend's hands than it will sitting here & adding to the clutter on my desk.  I'm sure you're going to have to help her with it until she gets used to using it though.  I've seen books of matches that were bigger than this thing:P

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:42 PM ET
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Marcia...our local library is having their sale the beginning of April.  I will be more than happy to see what audio books they might have for your friend.  I would also be more than willing to donate credits to you if you find something for her that she might like.  I'll also check at our local thrift shop.  Sometimes they have a really nice selection of audio books and other times there are none.  If you would like to send me a pm with your address, I'll gladly send you what I find.

Date Posted: 3/18/2010 8:58 PM ET
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Marcia,  My MIL is blind and gets her book through the Library of Congress, It is to late to call tonight but I know it is a free service, I'll get the info and PM you.

Date Posted: 3/19/2010 9:45 PM ET
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If I have any audio books she would like, let me know by PM where to mail them.  I have a few that have been on my Bookshelf for over a year.  good books, there are just lots of copies around.  I would be glad for her to have them.  Or anyone for that matter.  PM me.



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Date Posted: 3/20/2010 11:06 AM ET
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Next time we go to town, I'll be sure to check with our library to see what they have available that I can trade for and then will get back in touch with you.  :D

Date Posted: 3/20/2010 11:31 AM ET
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I already gave this info to Marcia, I just thought I would share it with those of you that might be interested.  It is Books for the Blind, it is a free service they even provide the cassette player or CD player if needed free of charge. Postage is also free.  You will need to fill out forms and have a Dr. signature, but it has been a God send for my MIL she has read at least 3 books a week since she learned to read over 80 years ago.  Losing that ability would have been just to cruel.

http://www.loc.gov/nls/  It is a very good program!