TOY BOX: Audible.com can change how you read

Books available on tape have been around probably as long as audio tape itself. Audible.com came along during the internet boom - and survived the bust - offering books that can be downloaded to a computer or portable device, such as an MP3 player.

Books available on tape have been around probably as long as audio tape itself. Audible.com came along during the internet boom - and survived the bust - offering books that can be downloaded to a computer or portable device, such as an MP3 player.

The service seems relatively easy to use. I had one problem with its AudibleManager software. It kept telling me it could not download programs because I had not specified a default browser, but there seemed to be no way to correct that without reinstalling the software. Finding selections to download on the Audible website was easy, as was the downloading. In addition to books, there is an array of periodicals, such as a daily audible version of The Wall Street Journal, that sounded interesting. Two different subscription options are available. If you do a lot of traveling, or you just want to be able to shut your eyes at night and listen rather than read, this could be a service worth considering. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. ----- Price Two subscription plans: $14.95 monthly or $21.95 Available at audible.com Specs Files run on a variety of devices, including Apple iPods and Rio players; iPod discounts offered with one-year subscription

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