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I would like to point out the Public Library as a great resource for many that I feel hasn’t been mentioned enough on this site.

As a kid, I grew up in a small town far removed from the city and quickly found the local library as a great way to learn and pass the time. I became a bookworm. When I grew older, I moved to the city and due to job demands, family commitments and the fast paced life of city living, I abandoned the library mainly due to time constraints. I never lost my love of reading however and spent a fortune on books.

I no longer live in the big city but in a fairly large town. Once implanted, I decided to visit my local library in hopes they provide audiobooks as I quickly grew tired of the repetitiveness of Angel Sounds etc... I imagined a shelf of audiobooks in C.D. form and that is what I found. But I was also introduced to the world of e-books and audiobooks offered online through simply having a library card. What a revelation this was. I visited the library twice, once to sign up and take out an audiobook and once to return the audiobook. Since then, I have done everything online. 

Most times I’m lucky enough to take out both the audiobook and the e-book to read along. I am allowed to have the books for 21 days with the option to renew but I find this is sufficient for my needs. I understand that a busy working person may find this too short as it does take time to get through an audiobook.

The selection at my library is absolutely huge. Three of my favourite authors (Lee Child, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly) are releasing new books next month and I already have the three pre-reserved as e-books and two as audiobooks. Nevertheless, if they don’t sync up, my library gives the option to see “what’s available” so I search the available audiobook selections and usually find the corresponding e-book available as well. Simply amazing and a real money saver for sure. And a great training aid as well!

Sadly, I realize this may not be available to everyone, but if you don’t make the effort to see what is offered at your local library,  you may be missing out on a great resource!

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Libraries are fantastic and our small town public library lends books etc borrowed from nearby libraries too.

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Mary Beth, does your local library offer you the ability to download e-books and audiobooks from the comfort of your own home?

That’s the point of my above post but perhaps I wasn’t clear enough. I can do everything online. I can look up what’s available, download immediately or reserve and I’m notified via email when my reserved books comes available.  I just download what I want to my tablet or computer or both. At the end of 21 days, if I haven’t already “returned” the book, it just deletes from my device. No need to leave the couch.?

i recently returned to the village where I grew up (Temagami Ontario) and helped a family member get set up to download e-books from the local library. I imagine they have a sharing arrangement with the nearest city but once again, the selection was impressive, both e-books and audiobooks.

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@Hicksy

Your post was clear.  Yes our local library does the same.  I prefer to read printed books so I do not use the ebook option.  I may be one of only a few who like the feel of printed books.

We can download audiobooks.  The selection of audiobooks is pretty good.  I like Scribd as it is unlimited audiobooks with a wider selection for 8.99 monthly.  

 

I use our our public library for printed books and some DVDs if the shows aren’t available for free on our streaming options.

 

I am glad you are enjoying your library and it’s ease of use remotely.

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Thanks. I always said I would prefer the printed version as well but am now a staunch e-book reader. Scribd would be a good option but alas, being from Canada, that 8.99 a month immediately turns into 11.99 a month or $144 a year approx. I prefer the free option and as they have the newest books immediately upon release, albeit a waiting list, I’m not waiting long for the newest and there is an adundance available to keep me occupied in the meantime. I’m to the point that I’m understanding most of the audiobook but still need the e-book to fill in the blanks.?

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I suspect one day I will give ebooks a try.  Which device are you using to read your ebooks?

 

I am glad things continue to go well for you.

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I mainly use an IPad but I also use a Galaxy Tab or my laptop depending on my whims. I’m a bit of a tech geek according to my friends. My spouse uses her IPhone or her IPad. Never thought I would see the day I would put down a print edition but I haven’t held ( or bought) a real book for a few years now. I’m seriously thinking of clearing my study of wall to wall books just to reclaim the space but there is no market anymore for paperbacks. Libraries won’t even take them. Yardsale or dump I guess and it would be like a dagger to the heart to take them to the dump even though I will never have the time to reread most of them. My spouse says I have enough books and music to last a lifetime but they keep releasing new stuff!

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Maybe a local high school will be interested?

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3 hours ago, Hicksy said:

I mainly use an IPad but I also use a Galaxy Tab or my laptop depending on my whims. I’m a bit of a tech geek according to my friends. My spouse uses her IPhone or her IPad. Never thought I would see the day I would put down a print edition but I haven’t held ( or bought) a real book for a few years now. I’m seriously thinking of clearing my study of wall to wall books just to reclaim the space but there is no market anymore for paperbacks. Libraries won’t even take them. Yardsale or dump I guess and it would be like a dagger to the heart to take them to the dump even though I will never have the time to reread most of them. My spouse says I have enough books and music to last a lifetime but they keep releasing new stuff!

Yes, that.  I have walls and walls of books.  I also read ebooks - I originally got it mostly for travel, but now I find it's easier almost all the time.  I still buy actual printed books, but only those that are authors that I want the complete works of, that kind of thing.  Also, we have a book sale at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum each year - people donate books or leave them to the Arb in their will and they have a sale once a year as a fundraiser.  I buy books there every year (except this year, missed it in the runup to my surgery) and find that it's handy to have a bag of books to read when we go up to my brother's cabin, where there's no electricity.

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Does no one use audiobooks for training though? I have found them to be my greatest training resource and due to my love of books in general, something I try to do diligently everyday. I go to a noisy environment like a coffee shop and am now practicing with the Artone neck loop on the MT setting. At first I could hardly make them out strictly on “T” Still struggling on MT but making gains and understanding so much more without referring to the text.

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@Hicksy

I used audiobooks for aural rehab and now I am hooked on them for fun.  Especially when driving or doing chores.

 

I commend you for training in noise.  I did that too.  It helped me a lot.  

 

Great suggestions.

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@Hicksy - I've used audiobooks as rehab too but not in a while.  I need to resume that.  I signed up for Audible and they give me a free book once a month, so I have quite a lot of material.

 

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