Sunday, September 03, 2006

Requesting information and experiences

I'm considering getting and Ipod (or a generic version) and using it much like JudyL-to listen to books while sewing and quilting. I've not 'listened' to books before, and I'm not sure if I'll like it or not. Before I invest any money, I think that I'll borrow an audiobook from the local library and give it a try. If I like listening while I sew, then I'll move ahead with the plan. Judy mentioned she belongs to audible.com and gets her things there. Do any of you have experience with either the actual device (Ipod or another brand) or places besides the library to get listening materials? I've looked at Judy's place and it has some good titles, I'm wondering if there are some other places to be checking into. I'd appreciate any thoughts you might be able to share on the subject. Thanks

12 comments:

quiltpixie said...

there are a number of audio files available online that can be played directly on your computer. ITs a great way to get a variety of material without a new piece of equipment. :-)

Karen said...

eBooks is great...

Suze said...

I listen to audio books all the time while I am stitching. My library has inter-library loan and I can request the titles I want online. When they arrive the library calls me. I am using an inexpensive CD player. Minimal investment - Maximum return.

Andrea said...

I love reading and would love to read and sew at the same time. Maybe I should give the audio books a try myself! :)

Hedgehog said...

I bought an iPod for work and enjoy it for fun, as well. I use it while out walking or while traveling on planes and trains. I also subscribe to Audible and have been very happy with the service and selection (it's much more cost efficient to have a monthly or yearly membership than to purchase things individually). I can't get audiobooks from the local library, but I would try that out first. I don't use the iPod while quilting, though - I might hear better over the machine, but I just get tangled up. I have started to listen to ebooks with my laptop while sewing and have really enjoyed it.

Finn said...

Hi Gail, I get my books "on" from the public library, for the most part. Even in my rural area, hundreds are avilable.
I don't care to "wear" anything while listening, so I just get books on CDs, and pop them in my portable CD player. I can hit pause if I need to.
You can fas forward if you've had to stop before the end of the CD, and I'm free to move around the room.
Not sure that helps or not, but thats what I do. I listened to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on CD. It was 13 disks worth. I would have hated to have to download that to an ipod.

Maureen said...

Hi Gail, I know nothing about IPOD's or audible books but I'm very glad you asked this question because I think it may help many of us thinking along the same lines as you.

Cynthia said...

i don't have an Ipod but i have tried listening to audio books but i found i couldn't concentrate on the story as well as stitching.
I have a MP3 player and listen to music on that while i am down in the sewing room.

Mary said...

I don't have any experience with audio books but have also been considering it. Love my Ipod but I usually listen to music - my concern would be whether I could concentrate enough to follow the story while I was concentrating on quilting. If you try it - let me know how it works for you.

JudyL said...

Check out http://www.thoughtaudio.com They're free and they have a lot of classics . . just a few books but I've downloaded a bunch from there. I hate that they're in so many parts but I suppose that's to make it quicker for people on dial up.

Our library has some cooperative setup where I can go online via our library (sign in with my password) and then it goes to some national type library and there are books to download there for free. Again, not a ton of books but some.

Like Mary said, I sometimes lose track of what I'm listening to or find myself stopped doing nothing while listening at the real interesting spots. I've even been known to fall asleep at night with my Ipod going.

I often listen to the same books more than once though.

Judy L.

Samantha said...

I also love my iPod for books while driving (45 minute commute each way 4 days a week!)

And, my local library has free audio book downloads that you can play on your computer- if your's does as well, that's a very cost effective way to try it out!!

Laurie said...

Gail, I'm totally hooked on audio books. I get all of mine from the library -- easy and FREE! We can reserve them online. I especially like to listen to books I may have read a few years back and enjoyed. That way if my sewing machine is whirring a little loudly I don't miss much, but I usually don't remember enough about the original to spoil it for myself. Have fun!!