Quality Audio Book Downloads
By David Rickinson
With the increasing popularity of audiobooks, due to the greater awareness, speed and ease of been able to download, there are now many places to buy the audio book of your choice via the Internet.
You can search for the exact audio book you want, check out the cost and order it without leaving the comfort of your home or office, which prior to the Internet the only option was to physically visit the bookstores or order via phone or mail.
Below are some of the most popularity audio book market places on the Internet:
- Amazon: It has become virtually impossible to talk about books, offline or online, without mentioning Amazon.com, whether the book is a hardcover, paperback or even audio book.
Amazon is undeniably the biggest book market place in the world, online or offline. To locate the audio book of your choice, visit Amazon and search for the title of the audio book or author's name.
- Spoken Select: is undeniably becoming one of the market leaders when it comes to audio books. This downloadable audio book marketplace contains thousands of book titles in many varied categories.
You can visit the website of SpokenSelect and easily locate the audio book you desire. Their search features are very easy to use and save users an incredible amount of time.
- Barnes & Noble: This is another very popular and highly visited audio book market place on the Internet. Like Amazon and Spoken Select, you can visit the website and use the search feature to pinpoint the exact audio book you desire.
There are several other audio book websites, but the 3 mentioned above are the most popular and most secure from which you can buy your audio books. Buying your audio book from any of these audio book stores gives you complete peace of mind, as you won't have any fear of being defrauded.
Apart from these audio book stores, there are other audio book stores in specific categories such as business, motivational, fiction, etc.
However there are still some basic questions that may need to be clarified.
1. What is an audio book? An audio book is simply a book in audio format. Instead of receiving a physical hardcover or paperback book that you have to read, you will receive a CD, cassette or MP3 version of the book.
2.What formats do audio books come in? Audio books come in normal cassette formats, CD formats and MP3 formats which can be played on cassette players, cd players or MP3 players respectively.
3.What is an MP3 audio book? MP3 is simply a compression technique that makes it possible for reduction to be made to audio books so that they use less space (sometimes as little as 80%) compared to that of cassettes or CDs.
4.How can MP3 audio books be played? MP3 audio books can be played on any new version of CD players that support the MP3 technology - mostly those that can accept a 4.75 diameter disk. They can also be played on any PC that has Microsoft's Windows Media Player or other related software.
5.What is an unabridged audio book? An unabridged audio book is one that was narrated word for word. In such an audio book, nothing was removed from the printed book. It has the exact content with that of the printed book, albeit in audio format.
6.What is an abridged audio book? An abridged audio book is one that is shortened and doesn't contain the exact word for word narration as the printed book.
7.What is a dramatized audio book? A dramatized audio book, as the name implies, is a dramatized "play-life" version of the printed book, with usual full cast, music and sound effects.
So to recap anyone can easily search for and locate the many websites catering for audio books including Amazon, SpokenSelect and BarnsandNoble who all offer a full range of audiobooks that can be quickly and securely downloaded together with a safe payment process.
About the Author
David Rickinson is involved with a variety of Internet businesses including JV Internet marketing. He has recently become a Spoken Network partner after realizing its potential.
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