Audible

I don’t know it you have heard of Audible before this blog, but it’s amazing. Its a huge audio bookstore that has changed the way I consume my written media. That’s the neat part, its not in written form, its all audio based. If your a reader like me, and even if your not, I highly recommend you check out their Audible website. Let me give you my personal observations and recommendations for this wonderful form of media. Audible has been around for a few years, and when you go to their site, you will be invited to try a free audio book from audible. Take my advice and grab a free trial book. Yes, you will have to give Audible your credit card number because after the fourteen day trial, if you like the selection of books and want to continue using the service, Audible doesn’t have to bug you for your credit card number. Of course if you don’t want to use the service (I just can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to continue with Audible) just let them know before the trial ends and they can adjust to whatever you want or need.

Audible is the best way I have found to (read) listen to a book. There are so many ways to download to and listen from that there should be no reason to hesitate trying out Audible. I started out with Audible several years ago, and used my Ipod classic for the first year or so. That’s when I got my Ipod touch (that I can also watch netflix on) and could download my audio books on it. Now, I have an Android superphone that I can download any Audible book to without using Itunes (a big plus in my books since I am not a big fan of Itunes) So, the next question is, what kind of selection do they have? Currently Audible has over 85,000 titles on their site from 1200 different providers.

I use Audible in two ways. The first is business and business related books. It’s one thing to read a paper based book, but its totally a completely different experience when you can relax while driving, walking, shopping, standing in line at the bank, or just kicking back on the patio with your favorite beverage. Now, that take care of the business side, and when I want to be entertained, well, I’m a huge Clive Cussler fan, so I love love love listening to his books as well. If your the type of person who just doesn’t have time to read the newspaper, or stay up to date with the latest happenings, you can purchase a subscription from a major newspaper. There you go, now your in touch, tuned up and ready to discuss the latest trends in politics, world events and whatever Dear Abby may be discussing.

Why am I writing a blog on Audible when this is supposed to be ‘Everything healthful and helpful for the PC user?’ Audible is actually a time management system you can use to your advantage on a constant basis. My eyes get tired from all of the days activities, but my ears can handle a ton of audio input. Some people love to listen to music, me too, but I think that Audible gives you an opportunity to educate and entertain on a level you may not have considered before. You know, once you compare books in audio form compared to the printed page, you may notice yourself doing something unusual, and that is actually ‘relaxing into the book’. When I am listening to my business or motivational audio books, I grab a pen and a piece of paper and start taking notes because I get to ‘feel’ the book from another side, and end up getting allot out of passively listening instead of reading.

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