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How to Switch from CDs to Digital Files for Your Audio Books

One of the changes I made when I purchased my book business a year ago was to discontinue selling audio books as CDs. The main reason for this was because of their high cost that didn't translate into an equitable relationship between my customer and the business. Also, I had no way of determining whether the used CDs customers brought in were free of scratches and playable. 

If your local bookseller, including me, no longer provides CDs for your audio books, or you want less expensive options, here are three ways you can find what you want.

  1. Check your local library. They still provide audio books on CD. 
  2. CDs are often passed on to and carried in thrift stores, though, again, finding ones that are not scratched is a risk one takes for the price.
  3. Learn how to download and listen to your audio books on your smartphone. 

I meet many customers that still only use their smartphone sparingly. However, if you do have a smartphone and are able to accept text messages, use your phone's GPS, or do an Internet search, you can easily use your phone for downloading audio books. Audio books on your phone can be listened to during workouts, walks, handcrafts, housework, and car rides. 

Here are a few services and apps to get you started:

The librarians at your local branch are willing to help you. They will teach you how to use the Libby or Overdrive app to check out audio books from the library. You don't even have to go to the local branch to download a book once the app has been set up. Don't hesitate to ask your librarian for help to get started.

Audible is Amazon's audible book company. If you buy credits from them each month, you can use them for the audio book of your choice which can be less expensive than purchasing some outright, which is also an option. One credit is about $15 and two are about $23. With Audible's app, your book automatically downloads when you purchase it.

Libro is like Audible, but supports independent booksellers by providing a larger cutback for the small business owner than Amazon does. Also, your first month only costs .99cents. It is no small feat to provide a service that equals what Amazon provides and run a company that is working to diversify our dollars to help our economy in the long run. If that is also your commitment, I recommend using Libro instead. 

If I can answer any further questions for you about how to transition from CDs to digital files in order to listen to audio books, I'd be happy to answer them for you. You can leave a comment on this post or direct message me. I can be reached here.

While I am committed to promoting all that a paper and ink book still provides, I am committed even more to helping you discover your next good story. If that can be best done through an audio book for you, I am happy to help. 

Cheers, Readers. 

Jenny Wells