When we are traveling, particularly on days that we might be driving 200 to 300 miles, we listen to books. They used to be books on tape or CD’s, but now due to the brilliance of the internet and audio downloads we listen to books stored on our iPods attached to our RV’s radio.
Since we are frugal, we would argue we are resourceful, we don’t pay for these books. If we wanted to do that we could utilize a service such as Audiobooks but at $14.95 a month, for only one book, this seemed kind of pricey to the girl who hung out at the library every Saturday morning growing up.
So instead we utilize a service available to most library card holders and download the books prior to our trip or when we have access to a high-speed internet connection. We are fortunate that our local library is one of the 30,000 libraries that now supports a service from Overdrive. Denise first found this service more about ten years ago when she lived in New York each summer teaching golf.
Just like any library book, you are checking out the digital version for a specified period of time, typically two weeks. And just like a physical book, when the newest best seller is released you might be put on a waiting list. But you are informed your book is available for check-up via email, and can make a special trip to Starbucks to download it.
If you do this via a desktop computer, you are then able to transfer the book to your mobile device (iPod or MP3 player). If the mobile device is not connected to the internet, the book remains there indefinitely. Your typical audiobook is about 400MB, so even an inexpensive MP3 player will hold 25 or more books at one time. More than enough for an extended road trip. And think of all the space you are saving in your tiny home on wheels.
I’m certain many more people would utilize this great service if they only knew about it. Check with your “local” library. Even if they are not utilizing Overdrive, it is likely they are using a competing service. And every library has someone who will help you get set up. It really is just that easy.
Of course agreeing on which author to listen to is up to you.