An Audio Book Library Provides A World Of Pleasure

A world of pleasure awaits you with the use of audio books. So many people thoroughly enjoy reading, but few actually can read as much as they would like. Reading is a fascinating pastime and has rewards of its own, however, there is also much benefit that can be gained from listening to books as well.

A lot of the joy that comes from listening to it, seems to take us back to the time when we were children. We can actually recapture the joy of closing our eyes and listening while someone reads a story that transports us to another time and place.

It becomes a lot of fun to collect different audio books, and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg for your collection. They can be purchased both new and used, rented, checked out at the library or downloaded. There are also ones that are free of charge.

When a person is a book worm and wants to have a library, most of the time, they purchase books new, as there may be others in their family that reads them as well. Sometimes, people will also purchase books on sale or in used condition. This creates a nice rounded library that they may be proud of. For more zealous readers, it may be more convenient to go to the local library and check out books. The same can also be said of audio books. There are numerous audio libraries scouring the country, where you too, may have the pleasure of checking out a variety of these stories on CD.

Where To Find A Free Audio Book

To begin your search for a free audio book, you may wish to start by looking at your local library. There are also a number of sites on the internet, where you are able to download them for free. All you need to do is type “free audio book” into Google. There will be so many results, including books for sale or rent, and those for free, you’ll be simply amazed.

A very helpful organization that provides free public domain audio books is called LibriVox. This company has volunteers who record free ones and publish the files onto the internet. From there they are offered as free downloads. This company has a goal to record all books in the public domain.

There are a variety of free audio books and included in this list, are books for entertainment, books to learn languages, university and educational courses, inspirational books and promotional material as well.

Remember you can turn a monotonous task or an otherwise boring time, into a period of pleasure in your life by listening to one. Start by introducing a free audio book into your world, and you’ll soon realize, they need to become a permanent part of your life.

“I Cannot Live In A World Without Books” – Jefferson

“Your Library Is Your Paradise”

I suspect that the question now is… can anyone live in a world without computers? Has the ascent of the keyboard created the demise of the physical book? Is extinction in the cards? Well, yes and no. Perhaps, for the average paperback with little provenance, this may be the case. But, not so for the rare book. In fact, I predict quite the opposite. As the book art form grows increasingly rarer, the value of rare books will appreciate.

The gentleman’s private library has always been a haven where one gleans a sense of intellectual spirituality at home. Surrounded by a wealth of knowledge, the collector sees his library as a sanctuary from the labors and toils of the day, a place where he finds serenity from the outside world – a halcyon visit to another time and place. As the collector Jack Holmes expresses, “What I find the most satisfying about being a book collector is the responsibility I am taking on by being the temporary custodian of a particular literary treasure. There are only so many copies of Johnson’s Dictionary out there, or Moby Dick, or Oliver Twist in the parts, and to own one of them is to not only to hold history in your hand (which is exciting in and of itself) but it is also to preserve that history for the future. To play a role in making sure that rare books and first editions survive is something I take seriously.” Heather O’Donnell, proprietor of Honey and Wax Books, believes that “In a curious twist as ownership of the printed books becomes a choice, rather than the default option, people who’ve never thought of themselves as “book collectors” increasing catch themselves in an act that can only be described as “collecting books.”

Rare books are not only investments, they are treasures, indeed. Their provenance tells a great story, lending both intrigue and intellectual value to the tome. Who owned it, when it was printed, who printed it, where was it printed, whose binding adorns it, and whose notes annotate it – all these and more are some of the seminal questions to be asked about a rare book. Heather adroitly sums it up: “As artifacts, books communicate more than words on their pages: in type and design, materials and construction, they remind us that ours is not the only historical moment. They satisfy our desire to own and handle well-made objects, to live among them, to give each other something lasting, rather than simply clicking “share.”

There are several important characteristics to be considered in designing a rare book library. As a designer, the most prominent categories are the room’s lighting, air quality, cabinetry (shelving), finishes, and overall architectural plan. As the book becomes a more arcane form, these specific conditions will define and determine the longevity of the collection. If there is one characteristic to which rare books respond, it is to the stability, consistency, and beauty of it’s environment.

Lighting: The sun is a friend to sunbathers, but an enemy to books. Natural light can lead to a book’s disintegration. Many libraries, both public and personal, have now become spaces with few windows, limiting permeation by the sun. For best results, light precautions need to begin with a UV film over each window, protected by additional layers of draperies. These decorative panels, as noted drapery fabricator Robin Feuer suggests, “need to be lined and interlined for the best protection. For added protection, a solar shade with maximum opacity should be added.” In addition, strips are oftentimes placed on the sides of the windows, insuring the least light invasion. Insofar as interior lighting is concerned, Richard Renfro of Renfro Design suggests placing LED light strips on the underside of the ledge above each shelf. Compared to other types of lighting, LED’s are not as hot and emit a nice, consistent stream of light upon the books below. Free of UV rays and infrared frequencies, they can be left on for considerable periods of time. Phantom Lighting who makes such concealed linear strip lighting notes ” that the lighting strip creates a safe, low-voltage light appropriate for lighting books continuously.” Sandra Liotus, Liotus Lighting Design, engineers and builds glass fiber optic lighting which removes all infra-red and ultra violet lighting frequencies, allowing rare books to be lit without worry of fading, wet or dry rot, or reduced relative humidity.”

Libraries Should Lend Out E-Books and Then Offer Patrons Opportunity to Purchase

Have you ever checked out an e-book from a library? It’s really interesting, it comes with specialized software, and the file automatically deletes itself from your computer after so many days. You can only make one copy of the file due to the DRM software, and this protects the library, the author, and the publishing industry. It’s all well and good, but what if the individual checking out the book wants to keep that e-book indefinitely? If so should they be allowed to buy that e-book once they’ve read part of it, or all of it if they wish to?

Should the publishers of that e-book allow them to do so as long as they got a large enough percentage of that e-book sale? I believe so, I think this is a very good business model. That’s why I really appreciated the Kindle Program at Amazon where people could read books because they belong to “Prime” which is a special service for e-book patrons. Now then, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on June 15, 2013 titled; “Libraries Check Out E-Sales,” by Jennifer Maloney which is definitely worth a read.

What I’m saying is this, before that e-book automatically delete itself, maybe the e-book library patron might get an e-mail notice reminding them that their book will disappear in five days, so they may wish to purchase it, and keep it for good, in which case it would not evaporate from the user’s computer. Imagine if this sale of the e-book were under that cost of a new book at a bookstore by 50%. There is a good chance that 20% of all people receiving the e-mail just prior to the deletion of that digital file would go ahead and buy the e-book.

This money could go towards the multimedia efforts of the local library, and help fund the libraries at a time when most municipalities and County government don’t have the money to keep the doors open with a legitimate set of hours. There’s no reason we need to cut library hours, there are ways that libraries can make money, keep everyone happy, and still keep up with all the services.

Yes, it will take a little bit of negotiation with publishers, and those who hold the rights to these books, but in the end this could work because it is a win-win situation for all involved; the library, the taxpayer, the municipality, the user, and the publishers who are having a tough go of it in the new digital book age. Please consider all this and think on it.