A recent story over at Publisher's Weekly reports that the sales of audiobooks were up 12% last year, with over 40% of consumers saying they listen in. Audiobooks have recently evolved from the standard book-on-tape. Today you will find them in CD format, MP3 format, online and downloadable and in every book store.
So what do you think? Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what do you like about them? Does the staggering price put you off? And the most important question of all....(drumroll please)....abridged or unabridged?
I've got to admit, I've recently jumped on this bandwagon upon the discovery that the State Patrol actually frowns upon reading and driving at the same time (go figure). I become a member over at Audible, one of the more popular online audiobook sites when I discovererd the ease of downloading a book to my I-Pod. Those times when I can't - or shouldn't - be reading, I've come to enjoy an audiobook. (Happy now, Mr. Don't-Read-While-Driving-Down-Interstate 5-Police-Officer?)
Now if I could just get the kids to shut up during the good parts......