March 27th, 2011
I know that I have mentioned audiobooks more than once and that I started listening in the 2005 time frame when I was commuting Heidelberg <-> Landstuhl. Since the drive took me across Landes boundaries (Baden-Wuertemburg, Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz) there was little point to listening to a radio station. Besides the fact that I detest talk radio and the German habit of reading Newspaper Headlines and calling it new, just the thought of having the radio station going into Seek mode multiple times on the drive (and yes, I could turn it off, but leaving it alone meant that the emergency broadcasts came through).
Anyway – an hour going and an hour returning meant 2 CDs per day.
Fast forward to home – audiobooks meant that I could hear a book while knitting. Much better than music since I have a low boredom threshold. Then think about all the time I spent on trains and airplanes.
At first I just purchased books on CD from Audiobookstand – especially when they had sales (how can I turn down an audiobook when it is cheaper than a paperback and lasts much longer). Some of the collections also gave me a chance to sample authors I otherwise might not have read. Then along came iTunes. Instant gratification – but if you are not smart enough enough to back up everything on a regular basis (or have a LaCie network drive fail….). I finally caved and also download books from Audible – but only when they are on sale. $4.95 is a great deal – and again cheaper than a paperback.
All of this is leading somewhere. In thinking about the process of sorting out the house, I decided that picking tasks and completing them was going to be a much better idea than trying to clean a room. A room could take days, weeks or several months. A task, such as cataloging all the hardcopy audiobooks, sorting and storing them properly is something I imagined it possible to complete in a couple of days.
So here I am, audiobooks sorted. Database courtesy of Readerware . And, not surprisingly I have found a few duplicates which have gone into the donate pile. Priority goes to MP3 followed by CD versions. Since I still have the ability to play cassettes, I am not tossing them but not buying any more in that format.
Anyone want to take a guess (either by format or all together) of how many are now tucked safely away in the hall cupboards above the coats?
Categories: Books & Tapes