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Free Audio Books Online

A while back I wrote about audio books available – for free – from the Orange County Public Library. At the time there were many books, including popular titles, that could be downloaded to your computer. Stephanie Meyers popular Twilight series, The Cat in the Hat and Eragon were among them. There were fewer books that you could download to your iPod or burn to a CD.

Well, it seems that the list of iPod accessible downloads is growing. The library now carries Stephanie Meyers’ new book The Host, James Patterson’s The Quickie, and The Jury by Fern Michaels, in a format that you can download to your iPod.  All for free. If well known authors are making some of their books available in this format, maybe more authors and publishers will follow suit.

You can also get many, many classic books in a format that you can download to your iPod or burn to a cd.

Should you switch to audio books? Well, maybe not entirely. Everyone should learn how to read the written word. But there are a lot of times when an audio book would be a good idea, or maybe just a change of pace. What about the high school student who is an auditory learner, dragging himself through Moby Dick? What about an older reader who has trouble with small print size? What about something different for the kids for a long car ride?

If you live in Orange County, California you can get free audio books online at the library’s website. If you already have a library card, you don’t even need to go to the library. Here’s a summary of how to set it up. If you live in another county, check with your local library. Many are offering similar services. If your library doesn’t offer free audio books online, try LibriVox.

Happy Listening!