Here’s an excerpt from “The Stand”[audio http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/mm/audio/4s_9780307987570.mp3]
You may know that an unabridged version of “The Stand” was re-released in audiobook format. This is great news to a guy like me that has the original unabridged audiobook (which was original in cassette tape format, then converted to mp3 and torrented by me at a much later date) and thought the quality was garbage, but still listened. Now I can get an official version with updated technology and awesome sound quality! YAY!
The intriguing part of the story is that it will not be available in hard copy, only as a digital download. That doesn’t bother me, that’s how I was going to get it anyway. I do know that this will tweak some people’s taters. This is a sign of things to come, I believe, so if you aren’t on board with digital download of your audio content, get that way. Most major record labels have announced that they will no longer be making CD’s (around the end of 2012) and will only make music available via digital download. I mention that because I think it is worth mentioning. The record labels, that used to be so up-in-arms about digital downloads, are now going to be making that their primary form of music distribution and I see other industries following suite.
Personally, I get annoyed if I want to watch a movie and it’s not available via Netflix streaming, iTunes or Amazon, because that is my preferred method of watching movies. Just like my preferred method of reading is actually listening. What can I say, I like having options. Lilja’s Library posted something about this on Facebook about a week ago wanting to know if people preferred to download the content, have a hard copy or were indifferent to the subject. The overwhelming majority said hard copy. Although, I think they thought the question was whether people preferred paper book or audiobook and so, of course, the hard copy won out. If you want to try out the digital download world, you can get a free download of “The Stand” from Audible by clicking the link below, but only if you’re a new audible customer.
What do you think? You prefer a hard copy of an AUDIOBOOK or does digital download work for you? Are you a hard copy person that is going to step into the world of digital downloading for “The Stand”? Are you refusing to get the audiobook because its only available for digital download? Tell me your thoughts here or on Facebook | Google+ | Twitter
Posted by Matt Jacobs