The audio book industry is expected to reach an estimated two billion U.S. dollars a year very soon. This extraordinary growth in recent years can be explained by a combination of factors that have conspired to increase audio book demand at an exponential rate in recent years. Firstly, the increased availability of fast, cheap Internet connections has made downloading more popular in general. Secondly, the introduction of the iPod and similar Mp3 digital players has resulted in consumers having an increased appetite for audio products that can be listened to on their players. However, if you don’t have lots of cash to pay out for audio books, can you get the audiobook free?
The answer to this question is yes; you just need to know where to look. This article offers you Tips on how you can build up your audio book collection legally without resorting to using illegal file sharing services. These are not recommended least of all because many of the files you may download are incumbent with viruses that may damage your computer.
Tip 1 – Make Use Of Your Public Library.
This is probably one of the best sources of free audio books there is. If you are lucky like me, you will find that your local library has a huge selection of music and audio material that you can borrow for weeks at a time. There is sometimes a small charge made for lending services like these, but believe me, this is nothing compared to the cost of having to go out purchase a new audio book. In my experience the audio books that I want tend to be popular. Therefore you may find that you will benefit from using your library’s reservation system to obtain the titles you’re after.
Tip 2 – Use The Internet.
This may sound obvious, but many people simply give up on the first page of a search engine or only try Google. To discover new and exciting audio book sites, you will need to dig a little deeper. It is a known fact that keywords such as “free audio books” is very competitive therefore you are only likely to discover those sites with more resources at their disposal at the top of the search engines. By researching past page one of Google, you will potentially turn up more interesting results.
Tip 3 – Get Advice From Forums.
If Tip 2 fails to yield any decent free sites, then you can turn to one of the Audio book forums on the Internet for advice on where to find the best mp3 audio books free. Forums are where like-minded people gather together and give the benefit of their experience to others in a series of messages on particular topics as long as they are within the remit of the forum. I have learned a lot about audio books from simply reading posts on such forums without needing to participate at all.
Tip 4 – Don’t Forget On-Line Auction Sites.
Still on-line, auction sites are another good source of cheap audio books. While not all free you can certainly do a lot worse than buying from an established Seller on one of these sites. If you are thinking of doing this please make sure that you check the Seller out first (i.e. make sure that they are a reliable trader, good indications are a high feedback score, good comments, etc.). You also need to ensure that the format you receive the mp3 files in will be compatible with your player.
Tip 5 – Garage Sales, Car Boot Sales.
I’ve picked up quite a few audio cd’s at Car Boot and Garage Sales for next to nothing and converted them into mp3 files using free software downloaded from the Internet.
By now you should have some good ideas for building up your collection of mp3 audio books for free. I would start this weekend with a trip to my local library and then check out the local paper for a Garage Sale. Remember to dig a little deeper on-line into those search and engine results and have a go at participating in some audio book forums, its great fun! Happy listening.