Three months ago I weighed in on the Kindle Oasis ahead of its release date. I noted the features I wished Amazon had announced and evaluated what they did announce. The Kindle Oasis wasn’t the ideal device that I wished for but in the end, I still decided to upgrade from my Kindle Paperwhite (2012).
I wanted an ebook reader since I was 9 years old. That was in 1999. Back then they didn’t exist in the market. Hardly any bibliophile even dreamt of one. I first learnt of its early developments through Medizini, a monthly poster magazine for children available at German apothecaries. They used to have a column predicting inventions of the near and distant future. None fascinated me more than a tablet for reading digital books.
Last year a third of the books I read were audiobooks. Naturally, those who noticed asked me where I get all my audiobooks from. They’re usually more expensive than hardcover books and so, are the least economic formats for our wallets. Still, I think the higher prices are justified because you’ve got to pay the narrators too. That being said, there are many ways to acquire audiobooks without sacrificing a days’ worth of meals. With that, I present to you ten ways to acquire audiobooks!
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a very sticky issue when it comes to ebooks. You can’t get around it. Even if you break the DRM of an ebook, you still must deal with it. Two dominant systems of DRM are governed by the Amazon Kindle and Adobe EPUB. Basically, these only allow you to access digital media through selected licensed devices.
Who can imagine life without public libraries? I certainly can’t. I’ve been an ardent library patron since the day my sister received her first library card. Even after obtaining my own library card when I was 11, I continued to rely on my sister’s card because I would frequently max out mine. I jumped on ebooks as soon as I could. The availability of digital loans made me yearn for an e-reader even more than I already did in the year before. I took the plunge and bought my Kindle in 2013.