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Re: what are you reading?

> books-on-tape. ...
> very expensive ($25-30 and up).  Maybe I looked in the wrong places - any
> good sources?

I've been 'reading' books on tape nearly every day for the past 7 years.
The most reasonable source, of course, is the library.  But depending on
your location, selection may be poor.

Next, on the inexpensive list is Cracker Barrel.  I've never gotten any from
them, but my sister did.  It's really a rental system.  Pick one up at CB
while on a driving vacation and when you're done, just pull into the next CB
and drop it off or trade for another. Or, not traveling, just use your local
CB as a library.

You can also try used bookstores.  One here buys your books for 1/3 of the
retail price and sells them for 1/2 the retail price.  Again, selection may
be limited, but that's how I got 'The Pilot's Wife'.

I always used to get mine through bookclubs.  But even there they can be
pretty expensive.  I'd always pick from the sale flier or clearance list.
But those prices used to be $3.99 or 5.99.  Now the 'sale' prices are $12.85
and such.

A few of years ago I stumbled on www.audible.com  This has been the best
deal I've ever come across, although their prices have also increased.  I
started at 2 books every month for $10. The difference here is that you
download the books.  You can burn them to CD if you want, but they simply
transfer from your computer to a player, like an MP3 player.  This can in
turn be played through your car radio or tape deck with an adaptor or
directly to you via earphones.  Since your book is on a memory card, there's
no changing tapes, no bumps or skips, no broken tapes.  Originally, they
offered a co-op deal with Rio players to get you a $300 player for only $50.
That one eventually gave out, so I asked them about another one.  Through
that period of time prices had risen from $10/mo to $17/mo.  So they said
for $18/mo, they'd throw in a new player.

Audible offers a huge selection and for your $18/mo you get 2 books of any
size.  Some are as much as 30 hours long and still count as one selection.
You'll see a best-seller John Grisham available at Audible the same day it
hits the bookstores.  And they offer many prize winners, too.  They have
other plans for people who read more and also offer periodicals.

Any book you purchase from audible remains in your library.  You can access
it any time.  If you and a friend you trust with your password both join,
you could swap access to each other's libraries.  I have 72 titles in my
library now but no one to share them with.  If you'd be uncomfortable
sharing a password, as I said before, they can be burned to CD.  (Mind you,
I don't suppose audible wants people to be doing this, but if you bought an
audiotape elsewhere, you might lend it to a friend, right?)

The only drawback to audible would be if you have a dial-up connection.
Depending on the speed you choose, a 6 hr book takes 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs to
download.  I have cable now and it only takes 5 minutes.

I'm not selling for audible, I just think it is one of the best deals out


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?

> I also read mysteries, as well as sci-fi, and recently it's been more
> magazines since I can pick them up and put them down.  Ellis Peters is a
> favorite author, tying mysteries, medieval studies, and gardening all
> together.  I just picked up my first Rita mae Brown book (Sneaky Pie Brown
> is the co-author, and I'll bet provided all the animal commentary) - I
> haven't finished it yet but it's fun.
> I still consider myself an avid reader but it seems more and more time has
> gotten consumed by work and the books are just not getting read.  I try to
> treat myself to one day of just reading sometime around the holidays -
> looking forward to it.  If I felt I could promise I'd read them, I'd take
> you up on the circulating books, but I'd better pass for now.
> I am quite intrigued by all the comments on the books-on-tape.  I looked
> some last year, but didn't find anything I really wanted, and they seemed
> very expensive ($25-30 and up).  Maybe I looked in the wrong places - any
> good sources?
> Libby
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 6:42 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> > I readily admit that I am an obsessive mystery reader.  I have been an
> > obsessive reader all my life - can't even remember learning to read.  I
> make no
> > apologies for reading two or three mysteries a week - as an indexer I
> more
> > nonfiction books each year than many people read in a decade, and on
> whatever
> > subject happens to come along.  But for quite a few years now, my
> recreational
> > reading has been a pile of periodicals, including three or four garden
> > magazines, and endless mysteries.  Sometimes I have to look at the date
> be sure I
> > haven't already read the book.  If it has been published within the past
> six
> > months I can be pretty sure I haven't already read it.  For many years I
> had a
> > circle of friends who were also mystery readers, and passed shopping
> of
> > them from one to another - four or five people in the circle.  However
> the
> > past couple of years the group has collapsed - some died, some moved
> If an
> > yone out there is interested, I could probably send a boxful to be
> > around.
> >   The animal-lovers in this group might enjoy Rita Mae Brown's books
> > animals as active participants.  There is one series with Sneaky Pie
> (her
> > cat) that is pretty good, but in the past couple of years she has
> introduced
> > another series that I find quite interesting.  "Outfoxed" is one, and
> > recently "Hotspur."  These are set in Southern fox-hunting country, and
> the social
> > picture is quite significant.
> >   Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series is amusing, but I like it
> less.
> > This series features supercats that solve the mysteries and give the
> to
> > the police by telephone so that their talking ability will not be
> discovered.
> > Just too gimicky for my taste.
> > Auralie
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