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Post by: Deepti Khanna

Audio books have been used extensively in schools and public libraries to help children read. Though audio books were invented around 1930s it was only in the 80s that people began using it as a substitute and/or a supplement to reading books.

It is no surprise that the concept of audio books was brought about to get more and more people into reading or listening – literary materials. The plus point here was that such books cater to more than one person at a time and the book could be used for improving your pronunciation and accent.

With time audio books too have evolved greatly. They have grown from audio books being recorded in cassettes to being available in mp3 format or made available in Compact Discs. These books can easily be heard on your iPod when you are travelling, waiting, cooking…

Helps you multitask

Audio books do not need you to stop all work and just read. You can enjoy a great audio book while you are doing the house chores, taking a walk. So in case you are feeling low you can just begin reading (read listening) to a book like The Secret by Rhoda Byrne that is commonly available in an audio book version. So brace yourself about the Universal Law of Attraction and how you could attract money in your life by listening to the CD that comes along the book.

A guide for students

Audio books can be used as an add-on for children’s reading classes. It can be used judiciously to make a child revise the contents of the book or can be used to make a child go through his portion in case he/she is not interested in doing his lessons conventionally. Just by listening to an audio book a child can grasp the contents of the book. The audio book can also act as a necessary tool in case of absence of a teacher who reads the material aloud to them.



The concept is still not without its share of disadvantages. Most people (rightly so) believe that these materials will never be able to replace an actual paperback. Reading a real book that you can touch and feel allows you to focus on the material better. When you read an actual book you tend to absorb all the details of the reading material better and hence gain more from the experience.

History of audio books

The earliest memories of audio books can be traced back to 1931 with books being made to cater to the needs of the blind adults (Books for the Adult Blind Project). In 1935 as a part of taking the same project further, free mailings of audio books was allowed for blind citizens. Advancement in technology and inventions like portable cassette recorders made audio books even more popular. In 1970 a company called Books on Tape Corporation took this project ahead. Now with the advent of compact discs and the Internet, audio books have become an easy way to share and enjoy books. Another trend that is popular is paperbacks being sold with a copy of the audio book CD. Today audio books are sold in compact discs, or even digital formats like mp3 and wma. Some actual books come with an audio book usually in CD form.

Audio books are immensely popular in the United States of America. Many people opine that the audio books finally got the Americans ‘reading’. But listening to audio books is less popular in Europe, with there being an audience for them only in Germany and the United Kingdom. While in the Netherlands, a country with a solid book culture, people are less interested in audio books.

Popular audio books available

The Immortals Of Meluha by Amish, Rashid Raza

Connect The Dots
by Rashmi Bansal, Sameera Ranjan, Rashid Raza


I Too Had A Love Story by Ravinder Singh, Swetanshu Bora


The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling's, Multiple Artists


Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Rashid Raza

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Arundhati Raja


The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, Rhonda Byrne

The Company Of Women by Khushwant Singh, Rashid Raza

Go Kiss The World
by Subroto Bagchi

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can u please tell how to download these audio files
Sun,Aug 28th 2011 2:51 AM