What You Should Know About Audio Book Rentals

October 2, 2012

Many people do not have the time to sit down and read a book. Some want to make their commute more enjoyable. Some simply enjoy listening to the spoken word. For all these reasons and more, many people from all walks of life have turned to audio books as a means of entertainment. And why not? Anyone with a smartphone, MP3 player or CD player can do so. However, listeners often only want to hear a book once, and luckily, many places rent audio books like any other book or movie. Really, this is the perfect solution for anyone that wants to listen to a vast selection of books, but doesn’t want to have to spend a lot of money. So without further ado, here are five things to know about audio book rentals.

Brick and Mortar

There are many brick and mortar stores that allow customers to rent audio books. This is in the same fashion as Blockbuster renting videos. Most stores will have a rental fee around  $5 for three days. Some stores have memberships available in which the customer gets favorable terms, such as $20 a month for unlimited audio rentals. Of course, every store is different, a membership is a great way for a huge audio book fan to get all the books they want.

Online
The most popular option for audio book rentals is online stores. These tend to operate like Netflix. A user signs up for a plan and has immediate access to a wide range of audio books. The online store ships the titles chosen by the customer as they are available. Most online audio book rental stores have a free trial option to test the waters too! As you’d guess, the plan prices vary based upon on how many books a one can check out at a time.

Library
Never neglect the library! Most libraries now have a more than adequate selection of audio books that can be checked out by anyone with a library card. Libraries almost never charge for audio books, so this is a great option for anyone on a budget. Another advantage is checkout time – libraries typically allow their patrons to borrow audio books for a few weeks at a time. Remember though, the quality of the CDs may be poor, and the selection limited.

Time
Remember, when choosing a plan, listening to an audio book takes time. Because of this, many people may do best by starting out on a basic plan. Listening to a book may take a week or two, especially for busy people.

MP3 or CD
If planning to listen on an MP3 player or smartphone, consider MP3s, instead of CDs. This is where online stores have a huge advantage as many have an MP3 option. CD’s can be ripped into MP3’s with special software, though it is a long and difficult process.

Jane Kroeger writes about literature, fitness & more at www.dentalinsurance.net.

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