What Kind of an Audio Book to Buy – Free Audio Book (MP3), Cd, or Cassette Audio Book

The modern technology gives us the opportunity to “open” the existing concept of a book. Nowadays, in addition to reading a book in the old fashioned way, one can listen to audio book in one of at least 3 methods: An audio book on a cassette, an audio book on a CD or an audio book in the format of a MP3 or other audio file. In this article we will examine the different parameters that one should consider when buying a new “book”:

1. Size and Weight – The smaller and lighter, the better. Carrying a big and heavy book could by a hassle. In this parameter the most modern method is certainly the best one – one can have several books on one MP3 player like an Ipod. The next audio book methods according to this parameter in a descending order are audio books on a cd and audio books on cassettes (one book can be converted into more than 20 cassettes).

2. Comfort – In this parameter the opinions are varied. Most claim that the new MP3 audio books are the most convenient ones. The disadvantage is that one can continue listening to the audio book only from the exact point he stopped at the last time. That’s why some still insist that there is no real substitute to the convenience of the old fashioned books.

3. Price – The price varies according to the different titles. In general, audio books on MP3 files are the cheapest. Audio books on CD and on cassettes are more expensive. None of them clearly costs more. Comparing to the old fashioned book, we find that it usually costs the same as the audio book on a MP3 file.

4. Variety – All the bestsellers could be found on the different methods of the audio books. However, most of the books are published only on the old fashioned way – the printed one. Yet, In the past couple of years, the amount of new audio books is growing rapidly.

Each one should take into account the different parameters and make his decision. We assume that most of the people will find that the best audio book method for their need is the MP3 audio book.

Free Audio Books Vs. The Old Fashioned Books

In the last two decades a new concept has arisen – The concept of listening to a book instead of reading it. The audio book technology is still developing but audio books are getting more and more popular. However, the old fashioned book is still the much more common than any other method. In this article we will elaborate on the differences between these two book methods:

1. Size and Weight – The audio book does not have the limitation of the the size and the amount of the printing words. The technology advance imposes the size of the audio book. The newest audio books could be stored as an audio file in mobile electronic devices as Ipod or Palm pilot.

2. Convenience – The audio book has the limitation of listening only from certain predefined points or from the exact point one stopped listening the last time. Reading an old fashioned book is much more flexible of course. If you only want to go through a book without reading it from start to end, do not even consider getting an audio book.

3. Listening to an audio book could be done anywhere anytime – while exercising in the gym, driving through the heavy traffic to work etc. It helps you make the most of your time. Reading the old fashioned book requires certain conditions like concentration and quiet and relaxed surroundings.

4. Price – Surprisingly, in general the old fashioned books costs less than audio books. Depending on the different titles and different methods of audio books it can vary. Among the audio books, audio books on MP3 files are the less expensive ones.

5. The experience – the experience of reading a book is unique and can not be the same as listening to audio books. In addition, audio books do not have drawings in them like some of the old fashioned books.

Summing up, we believe that audio books and the old fashioned books could exist together one besides the other and not one instead of the other.