So Many Books, So Little Time

17 Apr 2013

Do you like to learn from books but don’t seem to find the time to read as much as you should?

I’m so grateful some books are available in audio form, so I can read while doing other things.

There are millions of books, more than anyone could ever read in a a thousand lifetimes. Some are pure entertainment. Some are a waste of time. But some are darn-right life-changing.

As the famous American basketball coach John Wooden said, “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”

I find it challenging to read as many books as I’d like, so I’m grateful I can listen to many titles. I subscribe to Audible.com and download audio versions of books I want to read, directly to my computer and smartphone.

I then listen to books when I’m doing other things, like driving, gardening or exercising. Even while doing dishes! It’s fantastic! I just finished Quitter, a book about how to get your dream job by Jon Acuff and A History of the World in 6 Glasses, a fun listen on history and how it was shaped by our favorite beverages by Tom Standage. Both are also available from Amazon as paper and Kindle books.

It’s a great way to maximize my time and learn when I would otherwise be doing mundane things.

You can download books straight from the Audible site. However, you get discounts if you become a subscriber. They have various introductory programs, one offing one free book and another priced @ $7.49/month for three months. You get one credit per month for buying audio books, but can purchase more (often for less than the monthly membership fee). After that you can choose your membership level.

My only criticism is that Audible’s books are quite pricy unless you become a monthly subscriber. However, the membership encourages you to download and listen to books on a regular basis.

Occasionally they run particular books on sale or offer credits (1 credit=1 audio book) @ a reduced price, making your audio book prices more reasonable in the long run.

Try it and see if you like this great way to learn and grow!

There are other ways to access audio books, especially in America. Many public libraries have audio books that can be checked out. If you don’t have an mp3 player, iPod or smartphone, you can check out books on CD.

 

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