Every so often I get a question from a blog reader that I think others might want to know about so I answer it here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
After reading a book review I got a question From Lisa S, “What do you use to listen to books? I use Overdrive through my library but the selection is slim.”
I listen through Overdrive and now with my new phone, a Galaxy S6, I have now converted so that most of my listening is done via my phone. Previously I was a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player user.
I’ve noticed that my hearing doesn’t seem to be what it used to so I am making an effort not to use head phones anymore unless I am walking…with my MP3 player I used them all the time. I also made the switch to my phone because with this phone my volume is louder. So I can easily hear it. The main reason though…Overdrive (the app I use to listen with) now lets me return an audio book when I am finished with it. Previously I couldn’t do that.
One more thing that make listening much better is actually something I learned from Bonnie Hunter when she was at our retreat in July. She used this….JAM Rewind Wireless Speaker (Grey) HX-P540GY.
I had been looking for a rechargable speaker. I’d tried a few in the past and wasn’t happy. I had given up on buying anything else unless I knew it would work. Her’s did so as soon as I got home from the retreat, I bought one. I love it.
I carry it with when I listen and keep my phone plugged into it. As I am working in the kitchen I can go anywhere…even to the bathroom and still am able to hear the book.
Now to address the slim selection. I can tell you I have an amazing collection of books through my library. Is it everything I ever wanted…no…but it’s good. Luckily I listen through Bridges. Iowa libraries have gotten together and formed an online library so there are lots or libraries contributing money towards the audio books and ebooks that are available. I ALWAYS have the maximum number of books on hold. The wait is typically quite long…but with 10 books on hold, one book is typically coming up and available. It’s not a perfect situation but it’s one I can happily live with because it’s free. I will also admit to having two different library cards. So I can actually have 20 books on hold at any time.
I often send in requests for books to be added and quite often they add what I request.
I do also maintain and Audible membership so I have one credit each month from there. I used that when there’s a book I really want and don’t think the library will likely get if I do request it. Recently a blog reader suggested I read, Someone Named Eva. The book looked like one I would love. My online library didn’t have it. I didn’t think it would be wildly popular with everyone so didn’t request it. I used an Audible credit to get one.
I know my listening habit is quite excessive….but this is a real hobby of mine and for the most part, I don’t spend much money on it so I’m okay with it.
I’ve also been asked how I can listen to so many books. The answer…I listen all the time when I can. I wake early and sew. When I sew I listen. Some people keep a television or a radio on all the time….for me, it’s a book.
That’s the latest with my listening….