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Listen Up and Get Moving: Simply Audio Books

My life is generally busier than I really want it to be and I miss the good ol' days (read before children) when I could cozy up with a book on a Saturday afternoon. Or when I could just decide to go for a run and head out the door with no preplanning (read negotiation with husband). I figured out a way to combine my love of books and my love of exercise with audio books, the plot keeps me going sometimes more than a strong beat would.

I just discovered a really easy way to find audio books — SimplyAudioBooks.com. Their tag line is "Rent. Buy. Download. Listen." This company offers a variety of ways for you to receive your audio books. You can rent them — similar to Netflix. You choose how many titles you want to have at one time and shipping is free both ways. The price range is $17 a month to have one title, to $45 a month to have four titles simultaneously.

The other, even more convenient option is to download books — similar to iTunes. Just download the book and listen at your convenience. For one title a month the cost is $18 and for three the cost is $38. They have many, many titles; a great search function; and recommendations, too.

How about you? Do you like to listen to audio books when you workout? Tell me in the comments section below.

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hottpink hottpink 8 years
Thanks Fit! I work full-time and go to school so I never have time to read books that I enjoy. I run every morning so I will start adding some books to my play list :)
livetolove livetolove 8 years
Nothing beats actually sitting down and reading a book... books on tape remind me of when I was a kid and my mom would read me a story before bedtime. I try to find time when I can otherwise I feel like an audiotape just defeats the purpose.
geohiker geohiker 8 years
I always listen to books while exercising, as well as when doing all those boring household chores. I don't have a lot of time to sit down with a book and read, but this way I can keep up with books I like, and take some of the pain out of chores! :) Check your local public library; many of them now use Overdrive or NetLibrary services, and you can check out audio books to download to your MP3 players for free! (Sorry - not available to Ipod users; Ipod owners are too into keeping their stuff separate from the rest of the world's content.)
geohiker geohiker 8 years
I always listen to books while exercising, as well as when doing all those boring household chores. I don't have a lot of time to sit down with a book and read, but this way I can keep up with books I like, and take some of the pain out of chores! :) Check your local public library; many of them now use Overdrive or NetLibrary services, and you can check out audio books to download to your MP3 players for free! (Sorry - not available to Ipod users; Ipod owners are too into keeping their stuff separate from the rest of the world's content.)
debbi8 debbi8 8 years
I belong to Audible.com, and love the convienience of listening to books on my PDA phone while jogging or walking. When I need more motivation though, nothing beats a great playlist!
lisaleeh lisaleeh 8 years
I don't like audio books to work out with because they're not motivating like music is. I do, however, love to listen to audio books while cooking, washing dishes, folding laundry...to the point where it feels like a waste of time to do any of these tasks without a book in the background. I don't download the books, I rent them from my library for $1.00 for a two week rental.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
I've never tried it. I have my treadmill set up in front of the tv and usually just watch a movie or something. That seems to be the best way to keep me going on the treadmill.
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