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Davethedog | 11:34 Thu 18th Mar 2010 | Arts & Literature
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I don't read nearly as much as I used to, no time, tired etc, but I still want to "read".

I thought I would download audio books and listen while driving. The price is ridiculous given you can but most hard back books these days at about £10 - £12 and if you so wanted sell them on EBay after.

How do they justifie the price? I know the reader of the book would require a payment so it would be an extra cost but even so.

Are there any genuine cheap sites with reasonable books?

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Same here - they're one of the mainstays of our stock. You can get them on MP3 now too.

There are several reasons for the high prices. For a start, popular as they are, they still don't sell in great numbers, so the markup will be higher. Also, royalties have to be paid to the reader as well as the author, and then there are studio costs. There's also a higher...
20:16 Thu 18th Mar 2010
Have you tried a second-hand or an exchange record shop?
Our libraries have a really fine selection on CD that you can borrow for free.
Same here - they're one of the mainstays of our stock. You can get them on MP3 now too.

There are several reasons for the high prices. For a start, popular as they are, they still don't sell in great numbers, so the markup will be higher. Also, royalties have to be paid to the reader as well as the author, and then there are studio costs. There's also a higher production cost to them. WIth a book, you're producing one item. With an audiobook you have to produce several CDs, case, wallets and cover, and pay for the resources to put them all together - transport, man hours etc.

Do the right thing - support your local library! ;-)
Too right!
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Thanks all
Hi Dave

Try this website, I've downloaded a few classics from here for free.
http://librivox.org/

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