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Do you enjoy being read to? Nobody around to do it? Check out Wired for Books and select one of their RealAudio offerings. At the time of this writing, they have such classics as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Shakespeare's MacBeth, The Aenid read in Latin or The Iliad in ancient Greek, and more. If you love poetry, they have audio files of poetry from such illuminati as Allen Ginsburg, J. Allyn Rosser, Dave Smith and many others, and short stories from Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain and more! There's even a Peter Rabbit Audio Slide Show, set up for either 28.8 or 56K+ modems.
How much does it cost? Nothing! These files are free, so click the link below and enjoy yourself.
Wired for Books
IT Techs to the forefront ... Infosyssec, the information system security professionals, has compiled a list of books, info sheets and technical manuals available online in many computer-technical areas. When I was researching good sites for this category, I got hung up on this one for a couple of hours!
As many of us are faced with longer drives these days, visiting family in the hinterlands :) ... consider the huge choice of audiobooks you have as a fresh and welcome change to the mundane radio chatter. Many suppliers are now offering mp3 formatted CDs, the advantage? Only 19 hours of narration on one disk! Avoid having to worry about selecting one of a series of 8 CDs (or 22 tapes) - make sure your player is compatible with mp3 and ask your library or supplier for the mp3 version of your favourite book.
Books-On-Line has links to (at the time of this writing) 17,191 books you can read online. While you will find that most of the current best-seller links are only "Sample Chapters," virtually everything else if full-text. (This is due to copyrights; read their front page for an enlightening explanation). An outstanding resource, well worth checking out.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|