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Why Renting Audio Books Is A Popular Choice Now?

Audio books have become popular with the buying market since the past few years. Since the advent of digital gadgets like the iPod and MP3, audio titles have also joined the trend. Today, renting audio books have become more and more people due to the following reasons.

They Are Cheaper. Although buying audio titles are generally cheaper, you can actually also save a lot of money from renting them. Generally, you only have to pay about 30% of the cost of buying one. The price is one of the major reasons why more and more people now rent audio titles.

Convenience. Another reason why audio titles have become popular is convenience. They allow you to listen to a story anytime, anywhere. You can listen to your favorite novel while working at home, walking or shopping, among other activities. This makes them ideal for individuals with busy lifestyle. Also, it is now convenience to rent audio titles as this can also be done online. Because it is also easy to make copies of audio titles, you can be sure you will find a copy of your favorite novel from a big audio book library. Moreover, because it is digital, audio books are easy to store and require only a little space.

Designed to Entertain. Many people find listening to an audio novel more entertaining that actually reading a regular book mainly because they get to hear the characters voices. Also, with an audio book, you can avoid straining your eyes. This makes the book ideal for individuals who work in front of computer screens every day.

Learning While Having Fun. Both you and your children can benefit from listening to audio novels. They do not only help improve you and your children’s listening skills and vocabulary, listening to audio novel with your children is also a great bonding time with them. You can opt for books that are designed to help children improve their listening and vocabulary skills.

Accessible. Copies of audio titles usually come in the forms of tape, CD and other digital formats. Today, due to the growing demand for them, more and more rental services have also started offering them. In fact, even local libraries now offer audio books rental services. Through local libraries, you can rent audio titles and make reservations, pretty much like the process in a conventional library.

There are also many websites or online libraries that offer downloadable audio books. However, while some of these libraries offer the free versions, some may charge a small subscription fees. Depending on the terms of the rental service and your level of subscription, you will be allowed to rent a number of audio titles for a number of days. Whichever method of rental service you may find, one thing is for sure-renting audio titles is more affordable than buying one or than buying a regular book.

With all these are some of the great benefits that you can enjoy from renting audio books, it is indeed not surprising why more and more people now opt for this option.

Give Me 5 Minutes – And I’ll Give You the Places to Search for Great Audio Books!

One of the favorite things in this world is to go into my nook and curl up with a very good book. But unfortunately, with a long commute and a couple of important work to do it is so rare for me these days to have the time to kick back, relax and read. And that’s the reason why I now fancy audio books since they allow me to enjoy my books even when I’m on the move.

Usually I listen to around 4-5 books on a monthly basis. Two out of these books are from Audible since I’m a member. Before, I also downloaded the other books that I want to read from Audible but then in the long run I got tired from all of those extra fees that you have to pay and thus decided to surf the net to see if there are such things as free audio books. And I was blown away by what I have discovered.

Public Domain Audio Books

The books in this section are free for everyone to distribute since nobody has a copy right on the pieces. Here are sites that offers great downloads for free:

LibriVox – the ruler of them all. The site’s goal is to “make all public domain books available as free audio books.” It may not be as user-friendly as others but it rocks!

Librophile – gives off a clean and organized interface for searching an audio book that is available from LibriVox.

Learn Out Loud – contains over 2,000 free audio and video titles. They also have lectures, interviews, sermons and speeches available for download. A very user-friendly site which you can navigate through effortlessly.

Please also take note that the said books under the public domain categories are read by volunteers thus the quality of narration and production varies. I’m not saying that good ones are not available, it’s just that you have to be patient enough in search for the one you prefer.

The Books under Creative Commons License

PodioBooks exhibits serialized books distributed through RSS feed, similar to that of a podcast. Over 300 books are housed here plus a wide array of genres to choose from: chick lit, humor, fantasy, thrillers, sci-fi, magic, etc… And unlike the aforementioned sites, the ones on Podiobooks are new works that the authors want to share to the public under Creative Commons License. The books here are personally recorded by the authors themselves thus the quality are not the same.

Audio Books straight from your Local Library

Another way to download them is through your local library. There are lots of libraries that have a deal either NetLibrary or OverDrive. The said firms give the infrastructure for libraries to distribute digital content (e.g. a-books, ebooks, music and video). The best thing to do for you to go deeper into this is to simply visit the website for your local library.

One site that can be an example for this one is Download Audio Books Free – this site here will let you download a free audio book plus a loaning period of 14 days. At the end of this time, the book will expire and automatically “return” to the library (this means that you won’t have to pay for the late fees!)

Want to Know the Smartest Ways to Get Rid of Your Old Books?

Some of us can’t live without books. In fact, there are a lot of us professed geeks and intellectuals who live in houses that are virtual libraries. Books are cluttered on the dining table, the laundry machine, all over the bed and just about everywhere. And it’s just the way you want it to be! There are few things more enjoyable for some people than to know that everywhere they turn there is a perfectly good book to keep them company-and a lot of us need little else.

But there are times when you get tired of a few of your titles. Either that or you just feel the compulsive need to give to those less fortunate with the plenty that you have. But whatever your reason, you feel that great urge to just give away or get rid of some of your books. Maybe you just don’t like or agree with some of them anymore? Whatever your reasons, here are some of the best ways to lose those books in a hurry:

- Make some cash with them: Just as long as your books are in reasonable condition, you can make a lot of money by selling your books, especially the rarest and most sought after titles in your collection. You can use the money that you generate from selling your books to fund yourself in buying another book collection to equal or surpass the one you have now.

- Be charitable: With the rate of illiteracy threatening to balloon out of proportion, wouldn’t it give you a lot of warmth in that heart of yours to know that your beloved books will go to a good cause? The good karma generated by giving away your books without expecting anything in return is also priceless. Being good does have its benefits!

- Expand your community library: Even with the rise of the Internet as the primary source for research and intellectual forays these days, libraries are still resorted to as a bastion of knowledge and enlightenment. Everyone from grade-schoolers to established scholars frequent the library for all their knowledge needs. And if you find that your community library is short on books, why not donate yours to them for the betterment of the whole area? Now that’s doing people a good turn right there.