Many people assume that downloading audio books is too complicated for them to handle. In this article
we will discuss what the pros and cons of downloadable audio books are. You will also be able to figure out
when it may not be the best choice for you. The popularity of audio books is increasing due to the new
downloadable format but audio books are still popular on CD and even on audiocassette.
CD formats can be very convenient particularly for those traveling in a car. Typically if you look at
the costs of a book paperback is the cheapest followed by downloadable audio books, then by hard cover and
lastly by CD audio book. This is due to the obvious convenience factor that is offered by CD and the fact
that you don't have to buy the discs and burn them yourself. The older you are (like me) you may still have
an audiocassette Walkman or car stereo. This is why even though this format is bulkier and doesn't allow
you to skip forward and back on tracks there is still a demand for books on audiocassette.
So let's list out the pros and cons of downloadable audio books.
1) Instant access to the audio book upon download
2) Ability to move to formats that will fit your plans, if you want to use it for commuting burn it on
an audio CD, for exercise download it to your MP3 player etc.
3)Formats like WMA and MP3 allow you to minimize the space requirements for your collection, whether
they be in physical or digital form
4)Cost to produce audio book downloads is low.
As convenient as downloadable audio books can be there are some cons associated with the format.
1)Bandwidth Problems When Downloading
2)Learning Curve for New Users
These cons can be stumbling blocks and barriers to experiencing the benefits of downloadable audio books
but there are solutions and workarounds to help you.
Bandwidth problems stem from the fact that files for audio books are bigger than the 4 minute music
download that some of us may be used to. Audio books can be an hour long or even more than 6 hours long
depending on whether they are abridged or unabridged. Even if you have a DSL or Cable connection they will
take some time and if you have dial-up it will definitely be a challenge.
The main solution to this problem is planning ahead. If you have a slow connection you should plan your
download during your free time or time away from the computer. You can start the download and go do
something else. You can start it before you go to work or before you go to sleep. By the time you wake up
or return your download will be complete. If you don't have the patience and your employer allows it you
can download it at lunch or break from your office since they usually have faster connections. After
downloading the audio book you can then take it with you on a zip disk or a flash disk to listen to at
At CreateTimeAudio you have the option of downloading different sizes based on your connection. There
are three sizes that allow you to trade off download speed versus quality. The smallest option is for
people who have low-bandwidth Internet connections. These formats are usually those with the highest
compression ratio - thereby making the download lighter and faster.
Lastly as a new user downloadable audio books may be a little intimidating because of the formats
involved and issues like Digital Rights Management (DRM) that enforce restrictions on what you can do with
the downloaded audio books you purchase. This is similar to restrictions on downloadable music. When
downloading audio books be sure that the store you buy it from provides support and a guarantee. At
CreateTimeAudio we provide video help, a support desk and a money back guarantee in case the experience
just doesn't work for you.