For example, my city library offers hundreds of up to date books free to download to your computer or iPod touch, and all you need is to apply online for an account without stepping foot in the library.
Usually you can loan up to 10 books for up to 21 days at a time.
Check with your local library. They all have digital reading material to borrow for patrons. It's a great way to save money. No more buying books.
By pat from CA
We are contemplating purchasing a MP3 Player. At the present time, we are borrowing audio books on CDs from the local library. It is not always convenient to go to the library due to their closing hours. We can download audio books from the library's web site. I am not computer literate and don't quite understand how this works. So I thought a MP3 player would be a good idea to buy, but am not sure on what to purchase. We only have interest in using the MP3 player for audio books. I understand that more GBs allows more information to be stored on the MP3 player. Would 8 GBs be sufficient to have? The 16 GBs model seems a little pricey for us at the moment. Any help would be appreciated.
All the previous suggestions are excellent. Most of the time, I prefer to listen to audiobooks. When I read a book, I prefer the paper (that's just me). Not sure when I'll be forced into a Kindle or something similar....
When I realized I'd have to change from audio cassettes and CDs to MP3, it was quite un-nerving. I decided to buy an iPod, though, instead of just an MP3 player. I needed the visual controls and prompts. My iPod has 8GB, which is plenty, for now, at least.
However, before purchasing anything, I went to the library and talked to their media people. I found out that the library offers a free, one-on-one, 1-hour introductory class with one of their media people. After I bought my iPod, I took that class; it helped a lot!
Audiobooks in MP3 format from our library can be downloaded directly to my iPod (with a wireless Internet connection). Other formats must be downloaded to my computer and then converted and transferred through OverDrive Media Console to my iPod.
Not sure the audiobooks I download from our library can be burned to CD. Our library's download setup process required an initial installation of a security add-on to both OverDrive Media Console and iTunes. This was to allow the audiobooks to "expire" at the end of the checkout period as well as to prevent pirating.
Personally, I was having so many issues with CDs (not playing on some of my players, scratches, skips, not saving the stopped position, etc.), I don't want to use them, anyway.