I have been enjoying several books because of having my iPad, that I would not have enjoyed were it not so darn easy to get them.
I have read several free books, mostly mysteries, that show up on the free lists from both Barnes and Noble,the Amazon site and the Apple site. Some have been very good and some have been fair, but for $0.00 who can complain.
I recently read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe and learned the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life”. If you have read the book, then you know that the answer is “42”. I have always intended to read that book and just never did. I must admit that I had a hard time getting into it, but now I can put it on “been there and done that” list.
Of course I enjoyed a Clive Cussler book and it seems like I always enjoy them. Must be a guy thing.
Yesterday, I bumped into a Chiriquí Chatter reader and he was telling me about Audible.com where he gets all of his audio books. He made it sound so interesting by describing how listening to a good reader changed the entire experience of the book.
After doing a little research, I signed up for Audible.com. A membership may be canceled at any time and there several books I have wanted to read and with the special pricing, listening will be cheaper than reading. Audible is an Amazon company.
My first selection is the new Mark Twain autobiography. You can see that the normal club price would be $24.47, but with the introductory offer, I get three books for $7.49 each (one a month). After three months a book will cost $14.95. Like I said before, you can cancel at anytime.
You will also notice on the Mark Twain example, that the reading time is 24 hours and 50 minutes. Some books are shorter times and some are much longer.
To put the book on the iPad, I had to do a little studying. First I had to download the book to my PC. The book comes in three downloads. Then you have to setup iTunes to move it from the PC to the iPad of iPod if that is what you have. A person could just listen to it on the PC, but on the iPad with earphones is a better choice for me.
The size of the downloads is pretty significant in MP3 format. Each of the downloads were over 100 megabytes. That takes a lot more space than a standard readable file.
I am expecting this book to be a great book. As you may or may not know, this is the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death. He worked on the book for the last years he was alive and his request at his death was for it not to be published until after 100 years.
The only think I can imagine that would be better is for the voice reading the autobiography to be that of Mark Twain ( Samuel Clemens) himself. On this rainy day, I will try to listen to at least a couple hours.