As the name suggests, audiobooks are voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read. Audiobooks can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions. You can listen to audiobooks on a music player, cell phone, computer, tablet, home speaker system or in cars that support streaming audio. In digital music stores where many audiobooks are purchased, they are usually downloaded in the same way as other digital audio files such as songs or albums. They can also be purchased from online bookstores. Most library systems offer audiobook downloads online.
History of Audiobooks
Even though the availability of audiobooks in a digital form is relatively new when compared to older audio technologies, the origins of audiobooks actually date back as far as the 1930s. They were often used as an educational medium and were found in schools and libraries. Before audiobooks were available digitally, talking books, as they were often referred to, were sold in physical form on analog cassette tapes and vinyl records. However, with the invention of the internet, audiobooks are now available online from many different sources.
Devices for Listening to Audiobooks
Now that audiobooks are available as digital audio files, they can be used on a wide variety of consumer electronic devices. Some examples include: