January 5, 2011

Library Love (2)



I noticed that when I talk about libraries with friends and family members, they often say, "I didn't know libraries offered that!" Library Love is a feature in which I share many different reasons for people to use and love their local library. Some things I mention may be obvious to those of you who routinely use your public library, but others may be new to you. Either way I hope that this feature inspires you to visit and support your local library! 


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2. Check out audiobooks in many formats.
Audiobooks are great because they allow us to fit more reading time into our busy schedules. I have a long commute to work, and I really enjoy listening to audiobooks to pass the time. In fact, sometimes I even look forward to my commute or hope I get stopped at another stoplight just so I can keep listening to a great audiobook in the car! Other audiobook fans have mentioned listening to them while exercising or cleaning.  


Listening to audiobooks can be a satisfying experience, especially if there is a great narrator or a full cast. Narrators, who are often actors, can really bring a story to life. 


Audiobooks can come with a hefty price tag, but libraries will lend them to you for free. Check your library's multimedia area, and I predict you'll be surprised at the variety of titles available. (Another tip: Is every print copy of the latest bestseller checked out? Don't forget to look for the audiobook version too - some libraries buy bestsellers in audio also!)


Most libraries have a variety of formats to offer: 
- Books on tape (a little old school, but some libraries still offer them)
- Books on CD (great for the car!)
- Playaways (easily portable, pre-loaded digital audio players - learn more here
- Digital downloads for WMA and MP3 players (depending on the title, you may be allowed to burn it to a CD as well)


If you're an audiobook junkie like me, check your library's magazine section to see if they subscribe to Audiofile. It's a great place to find reviews of the latest audiobooks and learn more about narrators and other behind-the-scenes topics. 


Have you checked out any audiobooks lately? Which format do you prefer?

5 comments:

Katie said...

We LOVE listening to audiobooks on long car trips, but unfortunately our library doesn't have a great collection. We check out most of our audiobooks from Cracker Barrell :) I still need to check out a playaway!

Annette said...

If you are an iPod user, you can get audiobooks on CD or Mp3 CD and transfer them to your iPod. I use iTunes, and it's very easy.

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

I only recently got into audiobooks. I was randomly browsing around the YA section, and I decided to glance at them. There were a few titles I found interesting that I didn't think I would have time to add to my physical TBR list ... I was hooked instantly by an amazing narrator.

SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

As a fellow librarian I loved your post!!! Libraries are amazing places and do offer so many services beyond just print books. Even though I work in a library, I also spend a lot of my free time there too!

barmybex said...

I'm not a fan of audio books, but they do get a lot of issues in my library, unfortunately they are not free, but at only £1.20 each full price or 60p for over 60's it's great value and still much cheaper than buying.

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