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Truckies and others reading on the job as audio book market booming for libraries

News from Sydney Morning Herald: Stocking up: Long-distance truck driver Rod Hannifey is a lover of audio books. Photo: Peter Rae Trucker Rod Hannifey says he is a huge reader on the road, which terrifies the pants off people who don’t know the road train driver is referring to audio books.  On a return trip between Melbourne and Dubbo a week ago, he had “read” Robert Harris’ An Officer and a Spy, which was “good,” Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave, only “all right”, and fantasy/science fiction Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. “I didn’t really get into that,” he said. Across NSW, particularly in rural areas, the audience for audio or talking books is booming. Happy customer: Truck drivers like Hannifey are some of the most loyal audio book customers. Photo: Peter Rae Farmers on tractors are listening d……………. … Read entire article »

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Summer Reading: Listening To Audiobooks While You Do Something Else Is …

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What Fran’s Reading: Two new audio books

News from The Star-Ledger – NJ.com: Hildy Good, the most successful realtor in her historic Massachusetts shore town, insists she doesn’t have a drinking problem.   Hildy Good, the most successful realtor in her historic Massachusetts shore town, is recently back from rehab, where her two grown daughters insisted she go to give up drinking. Hildy is convinced she never had a drinking problem. And while she’s “dry” at the start of the story, the secret stash of wine in the trunk of the sports car her ex-husband left in the garage is luring her. Just a glass, she tells herself, what could one little glass hurt? So she starts sampling bits of it in the evening. Unsurprisingly, bits turn into whole bottles, and still Hildy convinces herself she doesn’t have … Read entire article »

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Reading to your kids vs ipad reading vs audio books

News from Mothering: I prefer paper books, but I understand what you mean about not enjoying reading books…I only read books to them that I actually like, which can be difficult to find books…I also read poetry to them, which is much easier, and test out my own poetry/stories.   We also have a Spanish book that we read stories from every night, mostly in Spanish, with a little English translation.  I really like to see how they relate to the words and how to read to entertain them better, but my kids are 5 and 2…so who knows how this will go when they are reading themselves. I have just gotten into audio books, which can be great at the table when they typically don’t want to sit down and just eat(when … Read entire article »

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What Fran’s Reading: Audio books “The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days” and …

News from The Star-Ledger – NJ.com: By Fran Wood/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger on October 28, 2012 at 6:01 AM, updated October 28, 2012 at 6:06 AM Fran Wood/The Star-Ledger Montclair author’s Ian Frazier’s “The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days” (read by Cynthia Nixon, Macmillan Audio, 6 CDs, $ 29.99) is based on the author’s New Yorker columns and, as such, may be best enjoyed in small doses. Essentially, it’s a variation on the same joke: the frustration of a homemaker over such routine activities as making dinner, house cleaning, helping with school projects, visiting her nursing-home-bound father. In all cases, the frustration results in her being driven to blaspheme everything fr……………. continues on The Star-Ledger – NJ.com >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Meeting place Oct. … Read entire article »

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‘Fifty Shades’ reading is not always so discreet

News from Central Florida News 13: (AP) — Ashley Cummings had a little mishap while engrossed in “Fifty Shades of Grey” on her way to the San Francisco subway. Head down, clutching her iPad, she ran smack into a fellow pedestrian. When the downloaded culprit became clear, her victim went from grumpy to new friend. It’s not the only time the 24-year-old publicist’s e-edition was something less than private. Across the country in Connecticut, her 13-year-old brother wondered why she was reading “those sex books” when they also showed up on his iPad, since the two share an account. “I laughed it off,” Cummings said, “and proceeded to lock him out!” Much has been made of the erotic trilogy’s success thanks to discreet e-books, but whether downloaded or between paper covers, it has made … Read entire article »

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Harmony library hosts workshop on digital reading devices, audio books

News from Chatfield News-Record: Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://www.hometown-pages.com/main.asp?SectionID=13 .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. ……………. continues on Chatfield News-Record >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Mail Tribune: December 28, 2011 Libraries in Medford and Ashland will offer free hands-on demonstrations on how to use Library2Go, the downloadable e-book, audiobook and video service. Attendees will find out how e-reader or audio devices works with library software and how to use them to access thousands of books anytime. Demonstrations will show how to use the library to get the most out of the e-reader device. There will be an introductory session to give an overview of Library2Go, time for questions and one-on-one assistance. Ashland’s session is from … Read entire article »

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Reading out loud at the LO library

News from Lake Oswego Review: Printer-friendly version     Email story link By Barb Randall The Lake Oswego Review, Dec 8, 2011 BARB RANDALL / lake oswego review Cyndie Glazer adjusts the microphone for John Harris, public works manager for the city of Lake Oswego. He was one of 50 people who read sections of “Mink River” to create an audiobook for the Lake Oswego Reads program. ADVERTISEMENTS continues on Lake Oswego Review >>> Read the full article Related News: News from CBS News: Martin Sheen speaks at The Actors Fund’s 15th Annual Tony Awards Party on June 12, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Getty) (CBS) When the Dalai Lama’s latest book, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” hit stores this week, many Americans recognized the voice narrating the audiobook, although they knew him best as President Josiah Bartlet. Pictures: Martin … Read entire article »

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