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Subject: If we all
Date Posted: 8/30/2012 10:48 AM ET
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I noticed a considerable decrease in the selection of new audio CDs being offered. If each of us could add one new selection, we would have a treasure trove to enjoy. I am buying Catherine coulter's "aftershocks". Anyone else?
Date Posted: 8/30/2012 11:58 AM ET
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You might want to post this on the CD site?

 

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 12:10 PM ET
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audiobook cds get posted here. The other site is for music cds. 

I think more and more people are switching to MP3's for their audiobook needs. 

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 1:09 PM ET
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Do you check the Multi-WL thread?  I have 4 audios listed there and I know I've seen a few others listed in that thread. 

Being WL'd I would figure most of them are newer titles. 

I have to say that it seems to me, the ones listed tend to be non-fiction, which might not be of interest to you. 

Anyway, I suggest checking there as well.

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 4:29 PM ET
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You might want to post this on the CD site?

Audio books cannot be posted on the CD site, that site is for music and live performance type CDs. Posting read books is against the rules of that site.

I've seen a few newer CDs in my searches, but I don't WL audios, only order what is available so I wouldn't notice a slow down on the WLs. I think the electronic age is hurting the used book industry. I didn't think so before helping at the used book sales this year. Now I see a decline in the demand for used books (which tells me there is a decline in the use of hard copy (paper or audio) books.

I do see a few different posters of audio books in the WL Multiples thread in the Bazaar so definitely keep and eye out there.

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 4:40 PM ET
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I think the electronic age is hurting the used book industry. I didn't think so before helping at the used book sales this year.

I've always thought it would. Lots of casual readers still reach for books (and audio books) ... but people who "love" books ... they are buying, being gifted with, and otherwise using e-book readers at quite a rapid pace.

IMO, reading fiction, at least, will eventually become overall a lot more expensive, precisely because electronic books can't be shared in any meaningful way. Print copies of most books will become rarer, and maybe even obsolete in our lifetimes.

I work in publishing, and people in the industry have been saying this for years, by the way. Pretty much ever since PDF took off as an interchangeable electronic file format with a free reader.

But, now, I really see it starting to happen in a meaningful way. There is a lot of publishing that happens in industries like the military and airlines, for example, that the general public doesn't know much about (Boeing, for example, publishes pages measured in the millions per day), and it's ALL moving towards electronic. And, the momentum is picking up. 



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Date Posted: 8/30/2012 4:46 PM ET
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I get all my audiobooks from the library.  I don't purchase audiobooks because I never find any at UBS that I want and buying them new is too expensive.

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 8:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/30/2012 9:08 PM ET
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I've never used an audiobook and don't intend to. :) The idea of listening to someone else reading just seems weird to me. Not to mention I would never be able to hear it over my kids. :) I also have no desire to use any type of e-reader. I hate looking at screens. I will always be one of those obnoxious print only people. :)

Date Posted: 8/31/2012 1:23 AM ET
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I never thought about listening to audio books until I  had a few months of 4 hour drives - I got tired of listening to music. 

I try and listen to books that I know I wouldn't take the time to read in print - biographies, history, general non-fiction and classics that I never got around to reading.  But I've also found it very entertaining to listen to novels that have a distinctive 'sound' to them, if that makes sense.

For example, I just listened to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 1) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Author: Alexander McCall Smith, Lisette Lecat (Narrator)

The story is based in Botswana.  I know if I read this in print, I wouldn't have enjoyed the story half as much as I did listening to the narrator read the story with the proper accent.  The 'sound' of the story was almost like another character. 

I understand that being in a busy household would make it difficult to listen to a story - I'm home alone and I still miss parts as I go from room to room, although I've gotten better at hitting the pause button as I leave the room. :)  But I've gotten hooked and now I almost never turn the radio on in the car - I'm always listening to a book, no matter how short the trip.

Date Posted: 8/31/2012 1:49 PM ET
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I listen to audiobooks when I'm cleaning, cooking, taking my walks, playing computer games, etc. and it doesn't bother me to do those sort of 'mindless' things while listening. I only just got "into" them about 3 years ago...before that, I swore I'd never be an audiobook person. But a couple of excellently-narrated books changed my mind...and my house got a lot cleaner because I didn't have to put my book aside to go scrub the bathroom or load the dishwasher. LOL

I borrow most of my audiobooks from the library (MP3 downloads and the occasional CD if not available as download) and I did have an Audible membership for awhile but cancelled it because I can't see the point...once I listen to most of these books, I don't want to listen again, so it seems a waste to me to 'own' it. I simply would not ever buy a new audio CD book for the prices they want for them. And I can't see ordering from here when you just don't know what you'll get--scratched, skippy discs, etc--which you would have no way of knowing about til you got to that disc. At least if I have a library CD where that happens I can notify them of the problem and get another copy without additional cost.

Cheryl

Subject: :-(
Date Posted: 8/31/2012 2:42 PM ET
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Guess I will join the party and start getting mine elsewhere. It will save me a lot of money as I spend at least $35 a week sending stuff to PBS members. Too bad for me bc I get lots of great stuff here. Cracker barrel here I come...

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Date Posted: 8/31/2012 6:36 PM ET
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I am much more likely to buy an audiobook in MP3 than get an e-book or buy a CD audiobook (I don't even own any cassette players any more).  And though I'll check them out or occasionally order them on CD from PBS, I don't generally get them new that way.  It is because I often listen to them (and podcasts) while exercising, and it is much easier to bounce up and down on a treadmill or lift weights with a tiny clip-on MP3 player than a portable CD player.

Subject: cd mp3
Date Posted: 8/31/2012 8:23 PM ET
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I guess i was not clear when i said cd. I was also thinking of both formats. I have means to enjoy both. Sometimes i just rip them and put on a cd (in mp3 format bc it takes fewer disks) or put on my mp3 player. I should differentiate between an mp3 and a cd. I was trying to get some new offerings for all of us and spread the financial pain. Did not mean to offend.
Date Posted: 9/1/2012 10:35 AM ET
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Audiolady--have you ever into joining audible.com? I used to be a member there, before my library started offering downloadable audio books from their website. It's quite a bit less expensive than buying new--but no way to trade the books once you are finished.
Subject: Laura
Date Posted: 9/1/2012 11:42 AM ET
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I considered it. I love sites like alibis, thriftbooks, barnes and noble, and amazon for used books. When I buy them, I share on PBS. I never got into my library's downloadable offerings bc I was so happy with what I got here. Will try some other options. I will save quite a bit of money. ;-) Thanks for the info.
Date Posted: 9/1/2012 1:35 PM ET
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I don't know what members have experienced here with audiobooks, but I've never received a bad CD on the SaCD site.  OK, one was not wrapped sufficiently and was broken in mailing, but otherwise, all that I've received have played beautifully.  So that consideration wouldn't put me off.

I don't order them here because our library has such a good selection that I can order electronically. It's just too easy when it costs nothing and there isn't even anything to return!  I like to listen to audiobooks when I'm driving, too.   

My dh and I both have ereaders with an MP3 player.  A godsend for him because of physical disabilities, and I like it to carry with me and to try out new authors.  I still prefer 'real' books at home.

Date Posted: 9/1/2012 3:51 PM ET
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I used to buy a post a lot more. But it's rare that I don't find what I'm looking for at my library system here.  I still will put them on my WL here.

I used to use and love booksfree.com and simplyaudiobooks.com.  They're audiobook rental places.  You pay a monthly fee based on how many you want out at once.  I used to turn them around pretty quickly and was actually cheaper than mailing them out here.  They come with a postage paid return mailer.  Since I have an MP3 player, I would usually mail them back the next day after I loaded them onto ITunes.  But like I said, once I moved here, I have found most of what I want at my library.  I live in an area with a lot of little cities and all the libraries are connected.  My library card basically got me access to the catalogs of like a 100 libraries.

I use audiobooks a lot and I still buy them from time to time if I see a WL one on clearance on Amazon.

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 8:17 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/3/2012 8:22 AM ET
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Sorry about the blank post above. I'm reading this on my e-reader. What I meant to post was, I don't listen to audiobooks. The 1st and only time I did was in the car, and I got so into it, I almost had an accident.