If you’ve read some of my earlier posts, you’ll see that I enjoy exploring new ways to distribute content. Audio books are an interesting option due to the fact that I tend to be a slow reader. Being a gadget freak, I also like to make use of my PocketPC whenever possible.
“Books-on-tape/CD” have been around for years, of course. Rather than lugging around an extra CD, or worse, a bunch of tapes and a cassette player, I decided to give Audible.com a test drive and see whether “Books-on-PDA” is a viable option. I’m pleased to report that the experience so far has been outstanding.
I downloaded my first book from Audible.com over the weekend. It’s Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter. I started listening to it yesterday and will post a summary when I’m further into it.
At this point, however, I can safely say that the Audible.com approach is solid. Downloading at home was a snap, although you certainly wouldn’t want to try it without broadband. Moving the files from my computer to the SD memory card in my handheld was also straightforward. More importantly, the listening application for my PocketPC is well designed. The interface is intuitive, it’s easy to hop around from one chapter to another and a cinch to insert bookmarks.
Price is also always an important factor for me. For Confidence, I could have either bought the print book at Amazon for $18.15 or downloaded the audio book for $18.17. The audio download satisfies my need for instant gratification, so the scales tipped in favor of Audible.com on this one.
Take a look at their website. You too might find an audio book is a better option, at least for some of your reading.