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audiobook

A spoken version of a book published in an electronic format. Audiobooks date back to the 1930s when the U.S. government created the Talking Book program for the blind. The first recording platform was aluminum discs, and subsequent formats have been vinyl records, tape cassettes, CDs and finally digital downloads.

Teaching and Recreation
Audiobooks have been used for teaching as well as personal enjoyment. Drivers use audiobooks on long commutes, and countless people enjoy listening to a book rather than reading; however, an audiobook is very often an abbreviated version of a published work. Unlike a printed book where readers react only to the writing quality, the enjoyment of an audiobook has much to do with the voice and intonation of the narrator. See podcast.
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com users access audio books via mobile devices, and many listen to audio books during their daily commutes.
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Talking Books Plus has been renting and selling audio books from their storefront in Lakewood, Colorado since 1999.
Actress Deborah Raffin, who became well-known relatively late in her life for launching a successful audio book company, has died of leukemia.
Calibre has 19,000 members and sends its audio books to more than 500 people in the North East.
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Further, an agreement was recently signed by OverDrive with BBC Audio books to make digital audio book titles available to libraries in the UK and other territories that will add to the audio books and e-Books already available to UK libraries.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's library service has just launched a new collection of digital audio books allowing borrowers to hear stories on the move.
Dave borrowed half-a-dozen audio books from Central Library in West Bromwich and used them as he flew to different countries on his seven marathons in seven continents in seven days challenge.
Two Welsh counties now enable borrowers to download audio books free of charge at home, to play on their personal computers or MP3 players.
An active library card to one of 20 local libraries is enough to gain book lovers access to 862 audio books via their computer, thanks to the introduction of the New Hampshire Audio Book Program.