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Encyclopedia > Audio book
Cassette recording of Patrick O'Brian's The Mauritius Command
Cassette recording of Patrick O'Brian's The Mauritius Command

An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud. It is usually distributed on CDs, cassette tapes, or digital formats (e.g., MP3 and Windows Media Audio). The term "audio book" has been synonymous with "books on tape" for roughly twenty years. Cassette-tape sales still comprise roughly 40% of the audio book market[citation needed], with CDs the other dominant format type. As of early 2006, downloadable audiobooks account for approximately 6% of the market. In the United States, the most recent sales survey (performed by the Audio Publishers' Association in 2004) estimated the industry to be worth 800 million US dollars. Current industry estimates hover at around two billion US dollars per year. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 796 KB) Summary Photo by James Anatidae of a audio cassette of a recording of The Mauritius Command by Patrick OBrian. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 796 KB) Summary Photo by James Anatidae of a audio cassette of a recording of The Mauritius Command by Patrick OBrian. ... Patrick OBrian (December 12, 1914 – January 2, 2000; original name Richard Patrick Russ) was a novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centered on the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey and an Irish–Catalan... The Aubrey–Maturin series, also known as the Aubreyad, is a sequence of 20 historical novels by Patrick OBrian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ships surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician... Historical records of events have been made for thousands of years in one form or another. ... A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a collection of paper, parchment or other material with text, pictures, or both written on them, bound together along one edge, usually within covers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. ... Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a proprietary compressed audio file format developed by Microsoft. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...

Unabridged audio books are word for word readings of a book, while abridged audio books have text edited out by the abridger. Audio books also come as fully dramatised versions of the printed book, sometimes calling upon a complete cast, music, and sound effects. Each spring, the Audie Awards are given to the top nominees for performance and production in several genre categories. The Audie Awards (or Audies) are annually bestowed for outstanding audiobooks. ...

There are quite a few radio programmes serialising books, sometimes read by the author or sometimes by an actor, most of them on the BBC. Putting Books on the radio makes the audio book format cheaply available to a wide audience. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ...

The popularity of portable music players such as the iPod have made audio books more accessible to people for portable listening. This has led to a boom in the creation of free audio books from Librivox and similar projects that take works from the public domain and enlist volunteers to read them. iPod is a brand of portable media player designed and marketed by Apple Computer and launched in 2001. ... Librivox contains a library at http://librivox. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...

Audio books have been used to teach children to read, and increase reading comprehension. They are also indispensable for the blind. Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or psychological factors. ...

Most new popular titles put out by the major publishers are available in audiobook format simultaneously with publication of the hardcover edition. There are approximately 25,000 current titles on cassette, CD, or downloadable format.

The National Library of Congress in the U.S. and the CNIB Library in Canada both provide free audiobook library services to the visually impaired; requested books are mailed out (at no cost) to clients. The Great Hall interior. ... CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and vision health for all Canadians. ...

About forty percent of all audiobook consumption occurs through public libraries, with the remainder served primarily through retail book stores. Library download programs are currently experiencing rapid growth (as of May 8, more than thirty-five public library systems offer free downloadable audio books). According to the National Endowment for the Arts' recent study, "Reading at Risk", audio book listening is one of very few "types" of reading that is increasing general literacy. The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ...


Self-help audio books

Audio books are also used for education. Self-help audio books range from public speaking to learning meditation. Their general goal however is always to develop one's skills to be more happy and/or successful in life. While some focus on a particular skill, others aim to shift the listener's life entirely. Public speaking is speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. ... A large statue in Bangalore depicting Shiva meditating The term Meditation describes a variety of practices with a variety of goals. ...

Listening practices

Audio books are considered a valuable learning tool because of their format. Unlike with traditional books, one can learn from an audio book while doing other tasks, although it should be noted that this can veer attention from the primary task. Such multitasking is feasible when doing mechanical tasks that do not require much thought and have only a very minor or no chance of an emergency arising. Such tasks include doing the laundry and exercising indoors, among others.

Strategies that maximize the benefits derived from listening to an audio book include:

  • Replaying: Depending upon ones degree of attention and interest, it is often necessary to listen to segments of an audio book more than once to allow the material to be understood and retained satisfactorily. Replaying may be done immediately, and also after extended periods of time.
  • Notetaking

A mind map connects ideas together visually Notetaking is the practice of writing pieces of information, often in an informal or unstructured manner. ...

Audio Book Services

Audible. ... Librivox contains a library at http://librivox. ... SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), formerly SunDisk, is a US-based multi-national corporation which designs and markets flash memory card products. ...

See also

Librivox contains a library at http://librivox. ... Radio drama is a form of audio storytelling broadcast on radio. ... DAISY is a format based on the W3C defined SGML applications XHTML 1. ...

External links

Full Catalog of Downloadable .iso CDs
  • Librivox CDs

  Results from FactBites:
Audio book - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (643 words)
An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud.
Audio books also come as fully dramatised versions of the printed book, sometimes calling upon a complete cast, music, and sound effects.
Audio books are considered a valuable learning tool because of their format.
Red Book (audio CD standard) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
It is named after one of a set of colour-bound books that contain the technical specifications for all CD and CD-ROM formats.
The first edition of the Red Book was released in June 1980 by Philips and Sony; it was adopted by the Digital Audio Disc Committee and ratified as IEC 908.
The Red Book specifies the physical parameters and properties of the CD, the optical "stylus" parameters, deviations and error rate, modulation system and error correction, and subcode channels and graphics.
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