Free Audio Books Vs. The Old Fashioned Books

In the last two decades a new concept has arisen – The concept of listening to a book instead of reading it. The audio book technology is still developing but audio books are getting more and more popular. However, the old fashioned book is still the much more common than any other method. In this article we will elaborate on the differences between these two book methods:

1. Size and Weight – The audio book does not have the limitation of the the size and the amount of the printing words. The technology advance imposes the size of the audio book. The newest audio books could be stored as an audio file in mobile electronic devices as Ipod or Palm pilot.

2. Convenience – The audio book has the limitation of listening only from certain predefined points or from the exact point one stopped listening the last time. Reading an old fashioned book is much more flexible of course. If you only want to go through a book without reading it from start to end, do not even consider getting an audio book.

3. Listening to an audio book could be done anywhere anytime – while exercising in the gym, driving through the heavy traffic to work etc. It helps you make the most of your time. Reading the old fashioned book requires certain conditions like concentration and quiet and relaxed surroundings.

4. Price – Surprisingly, in general the old fashioned books costs less than audio books. Depending on the different titles and different methods of audio books it can vary. Among the audio books, audio books on MP3 files are the less expensive ones.

5. The experience – the experience of reading a book is unique and can not be the same as listening to audio books. In addition, audio books do not have drawings in them like some of the old fashioned books.

Summing up, we believe that audio books and the old fashioned books could exist together one besides the other and not one instead of the other.

Using Videos In Your Website

Using videos on your website will help consumers understand what they are buying or how something works. The advantage of this is that the user can vividly see what your product or service is about and they don’t have to use their own imagination. The next few paragraphs will discuss about this.

You have certainly three options. The first option is to upload your video into a site like YouTube then copy the embed code and place it on our web site or blog. You can find a button under each YouTube video that says, “Embed video,” click on the button to bring up a menu that has the embed HTML code. Copy this code and paste it on the source codes of your site. There are also some sizing options below the video window with the default size at 560 x 340. There are also options like changing the skin of the video player; you can make it go with the design of your site although the skins are limited.

The advantage of using video hosts like YouTube is “it’s so easy to do” as long as you have an account. Another thing is that it is for free so you don’t have to fret about getting a large bandwidth bill in case your video is viewed by a lot of users. YouTube also has the broadest search engine next to Google which means your video can be found easily. This will eventually draw more people to your site. The downside of using this video host is the design limitation and the link. They do not only draw traffic to your site but also from it. Users have the option of viewing the video on YouTube.

Another alternative is to utilize an open-source flash player. You can download this from the Internet at no cost and add it to your site’s code. This player can run any video you choose. You can find these downloadable players from a large number of sites. The good thing about them is you can easily change the skins to match your site design. Of course, you have to pay for the bandwidth costs yourself.

Your last option would be to employ the services of a company that produces video. They can make your video as well as host it. The video player would be sure to match the branding and design of your site. This is the best option you have but the downside is the cost. With professional design comes expensive fees but you can be assured that it is all worth it.

The 5 Strangest Radio Stations on the Internet

Internet radio is amazing, not least of all because it’s possible to find a station that caters to almost any taste.

No longer are you stuck listening to the dozen or twenty alternatives on your local AM/FM bands. Now you can tune in the whole world right from your computer — or on one of the increasingly popular wi-fi radio devices.

The listening possibilities opened up by Internet radio would be astounding even if you were limited to the regular, over-the-air stations that happen to provide an audio stream as well. But for something really different, you have to look to the Internet-only radio stations.

With perhaps 50,000 Internet radio stations on line now — an up-to-date, accurate count is probably impossible to come by — here are the 5 that I consider the strangest of the ones I’ve sampled. Just do a web search on the name if there’s one you think you’d like to listen to:

  • 12 Step Radio – Plays songs about drinking and the havoc alcohol can play with people’s lives, with an emphasis on “recovery songs” to encourage people to stay sober.
  • Radio Didgeridoo – All didgeridoo music, all the time; apparently there’s a craze for this native Australian instrument in Poland, of all places, which is where the station originates.
  • Nirvana Radio – Streams sounds that are supposed to help you meditate; the “best vibrations in the world” according to the station’s web site.
  • Birdsong Radio – You guessed it: Non-stop bird recordings, for ornithologists and those who find that sort of thing relaxing rather than annoying.
  • ATOS Theatre Organ Radio – Recordings of music played on those big old pipe organs that sometimes accompanied showings of silent films; definitely an acquired taste (ATOS stands for the American Theatre Organ Society).