Sunday, July 20, 2008 

Have You Even Read A Book Since High School Or College?

Life is so busy for most people these days it's no wonder that most readers don't even get past page 18 in a book they have purchased. And if that wasn't enough check out these other statistics:

- 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school

- 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

- 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

And those book statistics are a little outdated, so it's probably safe to assume they are even sadder now in this current year.

If you are one of those who have fallen into one of the above book categories, then you're going to love audiobooks in all their glorious forms.

Gone are the days when audiobooks were limited to CDs and cassette tapes. Savvy audio book stores have popped into the market over the years and realized that people today want a much wider selection of audio book formats to select. Audio books are now available for you to download to your computer quickly and easily within seconds. This way you can also then save them to CD, MP3 player, or upload directly to your iPod.

And that's just the audio book beginning. Audio books are available in just about every category you can think of, including best sellers from all walks of life. So if you have a preference you can sure satisfy your reading pleasure with audio books in these categories:

Arts & Drama


Business audiobooks

Crime & Thrillers

Fiction audiobooks

Foreign Language Study

Health & Recreation



Juvenile (Children's audio books)

Radio Shows

Religion & Spiritual

Self Help

TV & Film

Audio books have a great advantage of being up to 80% less expensive than regular CD and cassette tape versions, so audio books are accessible to people from all walks of life.

Finding audio books online is so easy too. It allows you to shop anytime at your own convenience. You can browse audio book categories in the comfort of your home.

Listening to audio books does count as reading so if you read using audio books you can get through even more than if reading a regular book, for instance I can get through an audio book within three hours as compared to reading three books in 2-3 months. So if you're anything like me you love reading and don't have the extra time, audio books can give you the opportunity so that you can read many more books which you might not otherwise have time to read.

In the morning while doing my chores or exercising, making breakfast, dressing up for work, etc, I listen to my novel in audio book format. While commuting to work, I continue from where I stopped. During a break at work, I can also listen. And before driving back home from work, I complete the remaining part of the novel. It's such a breeze to 'read' with audio books. I love it.

That's why they've made it possible for you to download books onto your computer, MP3 player, or iPod almost instantly. Try doing that with a physical book. Can't be done. And this is one of the reasons audio books have gained massive popularity more recently! You won't have to bother worrying about postage and handling charges anymore if you read audio books as you can simply download them anytime of any day within seconds. Plus you save money doing so!

Let's hope so, because audio books are one of the hottest items on my to do list these days. Even people who don't read, or who read only occasionally, are catching audio book fever. And let's not forget to mention how your children or the blind can benefit form audio books for their own education and needs.

Why not begin researching audio books for yourself today, with such a simple pleasure of being read to by the books author or a professional instead of having to read a book yourself you'll gain that extra entertainment and joy instantly.

Don't get caught in the percentage of people who never read past college or high school, it's such a sad fact, plus remember the saying, "If you don't use it, you'll loose it" well those are very wise words indeed. I highly recommend grabbing an audio book and listening in to help your education, pleasure or family members, after all you'll enjoy the stories and books and if only you give it a go.

Take action today and choose an audiobook from extensive categories for your pleasure.

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Blu-Ray Vs HD DVD - We Have a Winner

So You Bought The Wrong One .... Now What?

The battle between the two newest generation of optical discs is settled. When several major movie studios picked the Blu-ray format over HD DVD the decision was clear. Major manufactures marketing the HD DVD product such as Toshiba almost immediately announced they were discontinuing the line and bowed to the Blu-ray as
the next generation high definition format.

But why Blu-ray? Though the technology developed for Blu-ray and HD DVD are very similar, the differences are subtle enough to have a clear winner. Both Blu-ray and HD DVD use a lower wave length blu-voilet laser rather than the red laser that conventional DVD products have used for many years. The lower wavelength allows for the amount of data that is stored on an optical disc to be increased dramatically. Blu-ray discs have an even larger storage capacity per layer than the now obsolete HD DVD. A standard Blu-ray disc can store as much as 25 MB of digital data. That is more than five times the storage of the standard DVD disc used today. A standard HD DVD disc has a capacity of up to 15 MB per layer, though superior to today's products it does not match the Blu-ray numbers. You may say that the difference is not that big of a deal, so lets compare. The standard Blu-ray disc can hold up to two hours of high definition television or thirteen hours of standard definition television. There are 50 MB to 200MB storage discs in the works that will hold up to 18 hours of high definition television. There are even mini discs in the works that can be used in next generation Blu-ray camcorders that will allow the user to film home movies in high definition like never seen before.

So now that you spent the money on that obsolete HD DVD player what are your options. Well there are a few.

First, if you have purchased a small library of HD DVD movies then you still need a high definition player to watch them on. These discs are not compatible with a Blu-ray DVD player or your old cave man DVD player. So you may need to keep the HD DVD unit for that reason alone.

Second, if you have a high definition TV in more than one room then you may have been thinking you are going to need an high definition DVD player in both rooms so the next purchase can be a Blu-ray version. As more companies began producing Blu-ray DVD players the price will drop and the financial strain will not seem as painful. So if the plan is to someday purchase a replacement for the obsolete HD DVD unit or to buy a second unit you may want to look into the various brands of Duo players. Those that are capable of playing either Blu-ray or HD DVD from the same unit, Samsung currently has the BD-UP5000 which it touts as the "future technology fused into one
perfect high definition player" with full HD 1080p playback from both formats. Though a little pricey, from $400 to $600, it does solve two problems.

Either way, the future has been decided so climb on board and enjoy the future today!

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