Thank Heaven for Books and Online Discounts

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I am a self-confessed bookworm whose whole life revolves around reading. Well, I don’t have my nose stuck to a paperback twenty-four hours a day, but whenever I am not reading, I spend most of my time scouring The Strand, updating my Visual Bookshelf application on Facebook, checking out the bestseller’s list, keeping myself abreast with reviews in the newspaper, or looking up the Internet for discounts on the latest novels and short story collections.I began reading at the tender age of two. Riding with my father in his car, I would look at the doors of buildings and the signs at the shops and attempt to decipher what those weird-looking letters meant. I mispronounced everything early on; my father would laugh at me. There was a sense of satisfaction whenever I uttered the words correctly – a satisfaction made even greater by a tender pat on the back, or rub of the head.British scholar and apologist C.S. Lewis once said that “we read to know we are not alone.” That appears to be the case with me. While I had formed my own circle of friends in school, in the neighborhood, or at summer camps, there was no company more agreeable to me than a book. There still isn’t. I have come to consider words and letters, thank heaven, as my best friends. It sounds terribly geeky, I know, but you have no idea what kind of thrill I get out of finishing thirty chapters in one sitting, or out of completing a purchase at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, with its impressive selection of online discounts.Reading is also a way for me to build myself up; it’s my source of nourishment for the mind. It helps improve my vocabulary; it makes me a more discerning thinker; it guides me in the daily choices I have to make at work (I am an editor by profession; I work for a magazine by day and provide consultancy services to an ad agency on a freelance basis.) And of course reading books helps me gain knowledge that one would not normally find in the four corners of a classroom.There is, however, one major problem that I have with this habit. In building a sort of personal library at home, I seem to have run out of space. Some of the clothes in my closet have even been displaced by stacks of Penguin Classics. Now I need to pay a visit to the furniture shop to select and buy a bookshelf – or bookshelves. I am also having trouble with organization; what is the best way to come up with a catalog? (Sadly, I cannot yet afford a librarian. Ha!)And, if I wasn’t too frugal and scrupulous with finding the best and most affordable prices, I imagine that I would have spent a fortune on all of the two thousand titles that I now have. Yes, two thousand – most of which I acquired from used/second-hand bookstores or from merchants’ online discounts, and all of which I treasure, like a friend that keeps me company.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Stack is a web developer who loves to use promo codes when shopping online. He also runs a website, which offers the latest discounts and deals from online stores, such as Lenovo coupons.

People can now choose to “read” books by listening to a voice-recorded version. These newer book versions offer several advantages over paperback books including being cheaper and being more suitable for the modern and fast-paced lifestyle of the “reader”.

If you are a real book lover, you know the sheer joy of snuggling down on a soft couch with a book on one hand and a cup of coffee or maybe a small tin of candy on the other hand. There is a delicious feeling of satisfaction as you turn the first page and immerse yourself deep into the fascinating and entertaining world of literature. Ahh, bliss! However, with the growing demands of the modern lifestyle, very few people could find the time to actually read books. Fortunately, the modern lifestyle has also given booklovers a new “reading” option – to listen to books online.

Audio books, or books to which you can listen, are digital voice recordings of the texts in books. Audio books started out as books-on-tape as the earlier audio books were in cassette tape format. Through the passing of time, these books-on-tape evolved into books-on-CD and now the audio books are available in digital format such as mp3 or wma. Now, with the development of the internet, you can even listen to books online. The basic principle though is still the same – the text of the book is read either by humans, professional or amateur readers, or by computer-generated voices.

There are so many types of audio titles available online. You can find fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, textbooks, even cookbooks, and religious text like the Bible. There are several websites which host hundreds of thousands of audio titles that you can listen to via internet streaming or that you can download. Technology has made it very simple to listen to books online.

Some websites allow you to download not just the audio title but also the various digital formats of the book, such as text, PDF, or ePub, for free. The books from these websites are usually public domain, like the classics or other great works of literature. Thus, you can reminisce and enjoy the written works of the earlier literature masters in their newer audio versions and even listen to them online.

Some websites also feature audio titles of the latest and more popular literary works. These websites usually require registration or quick sign-ups. Certain websites may also ask for a small fee when you want to stream or download audio titles. However, these fees are actually still diminutive if you think about how expensive books are nowadays. Moreover, if you also figure in the costs of going to bookstores and the time that you will spend looking at and looking for books, paying a nominal membership fee to be able to access more contemporary books is a bargain.

Many people are now choosing to listen to books online because it is so much cheaper and it fits their fast-paced lifestyle. Listening to audio titles requires less effort and less concentration as compared to reading books. With audio titles, you can just turn on your computer, stream the audio book, and just listen while they are working or while they are doing their chores.

Moreover, people on the go can choose to download the mp3 or wma format of the audio title, put it into their iPods, mp3 players, personal digital assistant (PDA), or mobile phones and listen while they are on their way to work or during their break periods. They can also listen to audio books while they are doing their usual activities, such as walking, jogging, buying groceries, or paying bills.

Furthermore, when you choose to listen to books online or to download audio titles, you can “read” up to a hundred of books from your laptop or from your iPod without needing to carry hundreds of heavy tomes. Hundreds of audio books for your listening pleasure right at your fingertips. That is modern literary bliss.

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