Audio Books: The Pros And Cons Of The Different Methods

When I was young I read all the books written by Douglas Adams. I liked it so much that I have managed to persuade my parents to buy the audio books of the titles I have read. I remember getting larges boxes with up to twenty audio cassettes for each book and listening to one cassette each night.

Today one can get audio books in 3 different methods – audio books on cassettes, audio books on CDs and audio books on MP3 or other media files. In this article I will examine the pros and cons of each audio book method.

1. Audio books on cassettes are the oldest method. Their quality is moderate. However, their quality maintains stable for long periods.

Each cassette usually contains one or two chapters of the audio book. Most of the listeners find it inconvenient to change the cassettes so frequently. However, some find it easy having a cassette for each chapter.

The main disadvantage of audio books on cassettes is the fact that audio book on cassettes weight more than the old fashioned book and occupies more space. It is definitely less convenient.
Furthermore, it costs more than the same title on all other methods – the old fashioned book, audio book on a CD or on an MP3 file.

2. Audio books on CDs exist in the market for more than 10 years. However, this method is not as popular as one think it should be. Although it is cheaper and far more convenient than audio books on cassettes it is still as common as audio books on cassettes used to be. Some tend to ascribe this phenomenon to the mass return to the old fashioned books in the past few years.

3. Audio books on MP3 or other media files have many advantages – they are much cheaper than the other audio books’ methods, they occupy no physical space at all and their quality is good. Their popularity increased enormously in the past year, but they are still less popular than the other audio books’ methods. It is estimated that the popularity of MP3 mobile players as IPod will initiate a revolution considering audio books.

Coffee Table Books – How to Choose the Perfect Books to Create the Right Impression

Having chosen the perfect coffee table to complement your living space you need something to put on it. Many people find that they are overwhelmed by the huge variety of coffee table books. Given how expensive such books can be many people are also understandably nervous about making the right choice and selecting the right books for their home.

Coffee table books need to perform several functions. Firstly, they need to look good on your coffee table. For this reason they need to have a cover that is appealing to have on display. Although this will often mean a book with beautiful photographs and images on the cover, something striking and monochromatic can look just as good.

Secondly, they need to say something about you and your home. For this reason the books that you choose should reflect something of yourself. This may be a particular interest that you have such as fashion, interiors, cars, or could even be a book about the area in which you live or the area where you grew up.

Travel books that have beautiful photographs of a place that you have visited can also be a great choice as they can provide a great conversation starter for when you have visitors that you do not know well.

Thirdly, the books that you select need to actually be interesting for your guests to look at. Often when we have guests in our home we need to step out of the living area for a few moments to prepare food or to take an unexpected call. This is the time when many guests will reach for a coffee table book.

With coffee table books readers tend to dip in and out of the book rather than to sit down and read it cover to cover. You should bear this in mind when selecting your book. This means that pages should be easy to read independently; you should not need to read long sections of the book for it to make sense.

The book should also have a large number of images as this makes it an appealing prospect for a reader to flick through. Dense text is not attractive to a reader with only a short window of time, whereas images naturally lend themselves to this kind of reading. This is particularly the case with travel books or other books with stunning photographs such as fashion photography.

When selecting your coffee table books bear in mind that your guests may not have the same interests as yourself. Therefore select a combination of books that means that it is likely that there will be something appealing to everybody. If your selection contains only fashion books it is likely that some of your guests will find little to look at whereas if your choices include topics such as travel and books about your local area most people will be able to find something in them that they can enjoy.

The most important thing to remember when buying coffee table books is that they should be bought for yourself as well as for your guests. Therefore choose books that you too will enjoy as much as your guests will. If you choose a book with images that you yourself love you may look at them for years to come.

Five Must Have Fashion Books

Almost all the artistic sections of human society have got a number of books written on them, be it film, painting or other crafts. Those books are read profoundly by the book lovers. Even the heaps of books written on fashion clearly indicate that it is not enough to wear fashion only, but its literature too needs some space in your wardrobe.

1.A to Zoe. Writer: Rachael Zoe
Grand Central Publishing, 192 pp.
Price: $25;

Though being a photo-collection of famous individuals and her friends, its eight chapters are full of numerous practical fashion tips for fashion lovers. The book deals with many how-to’s. The reader learns to select the right footwear for a particular dress. Further, the book very clearly describes the art of applying makeup, choosing the suitable jewelry and many other things. The presentation of fashion terms and tips using a glossary makes it too exciting.

2.That Extra Half Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between. Writer: Victoria Beckham
Harper Paperbacks, 384 pp.
Price: $20

Victoria’s writing debut, assisted by Hadley Freeman, is many inches( read miles) ahead of contemporary books on fashion. Her personal descriptions and her stylistic fashion tips make this book unmatched. This is not a collection of rules and advices. Rather, it gives a wide array of inspirational fashion guidelines to almost all age-groups.

3.Glamour Girls. Writer: Patrick McMullan
PMC Publishing, 316 pp.
Price: $75

It is basically a photo album of famous and beautiful ladies rather than being a book. This celebrity photographer has photographed more than 1000 sexy ladies in the world who have given a new dimension to the world of fashion. Uma Thurman and Angelina Jolie are only two of them. These photographs, added with texts, arrange for us a fairytale journey in the world of celebrity fashion.

4.The Black Dress. Writer: Valerie Steele
Collins Design, 112 pp.
Price: $20

The fact that how black has survived through the course of history, and has remained always the most practical choice of fashion lovers, seems to be a definite inspiration for the writer. This is a visual translation of this “black” trend. He has worked a lot to present a vibrating collection of classic stills from movies, designer sketches and photographs of celebrities describing the charm and greatness of black. The collection of quotes on black is an added feature.

5.Forever Cool: How to Achieve Ageless, Youthful and Modern Personal Style for Men and Women. Writer: Sherrie Mathieson
Clarkson Potter, 256 pp.
Price: $23

Probably the most real, it comes with a truckload of tips and advices for all who have crossed their 40’s. The book contains no photo of famous personalities but shows the people of locality in an elegant manner. The book compares a pre-grooming photo of a real life model to his/her post-grooming one illustrating the difference. The writer gives simple but exciting tips which are more than enough to any middle-aged person to come back on the right track of fashion.