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Old 10-18-2019, 06:26 PM   #1
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Books on tape

Years ago I absolutely loved driving while playing books on tape.
I didn't want to stop for gas because I was involved and I never got sleepy driving.
But today the old cassettes and even CD books are gone. Is there a reasonable alternative? I have some podcasts, too short. I looked into Amazon's audible, too restrictive and a monthly charge.
When I had XM/Sirius radio it wasn't as good.
I used to visit the library and check out 10 books. Then return them when I got home.

I think the ideal solution is to download them to my phone, then connect via bluetooth in the truck.

Surely, I'm not alone, what do you use? I don't mind buying an audio book, but not for $40.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:30 PM   #2
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I download books from the library to my smartphone and play them via bluetooth in my truck. I get a couple of weeks when I download them and there is no cost. My library has a great selection and we have listened to dozens of book over the years.
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Check your friendly local public library. When I “borrow “ my ebooks there are hundreds of audio books also on offer.

If your local library is weak in this category I’ve found you can join other libraries for an annual fee, usually less than buying a couple books.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:48 PM   #4
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Hi

Amazon is quite happy to sell you books you can listen to.

https://www.amazon.com/Audible-Audio...ode=2402172011

Be aware that like a lot of things, you have a "free trial" intro and then a not so free process from there on.

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Why are CD books "gone?" Our library has hundreds if not thousands. Most libraries will also have access to some sort of online "audio book" service as well, but it varies from region to region. The online audio book services also often require that you use some sort of proprietary software, so it's not always as easy as a CD or cassette.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:16 PM   #6
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Books on tape! They shorten the miles, for sure, especially when driving alone.

My public library has e-books to check out. Not the greatest selection, but I can usually find a crime mystery that keeps me engaged when behind the wheel.
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My wife is an avid book listener. She uses Audible Books. You can buy recent books. Whatever books you buy you don’t have to download, but download when you want to listen to them. She has an app for her IPHONE. Works great for her. She can listen to her books while we drive down the road using her Bluetooth headphones. I on the other hand would rather listen to classic rock on XM. I’d rather read books; faster. My mind wanders when I listen.
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Audible, Schmadible. Makes me mad to pay $31 for the audio version of a book that sells for $17., or $9.99 as a Kindle e-book.
Project Gutenberg has many of the classics on audio for free.
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You need to get acquainted with Libby. Libby is a app we got from our local library. Then you can download books to listen to. We generally try to stop by libraries while on the road because they have fast wifi to download books to listen to.
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Audible, Schmadible. Makes me mad to pay $31 for the audio version of a book that sells for $17., or $9.99 as a Kindle e-book.
Project Gutenberg has many of the classics on audio for free.
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My wife pays $11 for a book on Audible.
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