Today’s post is driven by a comment made by my blogging friend Keith Fletcher who wondered about all the reading I do and how I get so much of it done. As the title suggests, I get much more “reading” done now that I’ve acclimated myself to audio books. For years, I resisted listening to them. I didn’t like lugging around cassettes (back in the OLD days!) or CD’s since most books I listened to were anywhere from 5-7 CD’s long. I love reading and still do. I always have a book going that I’m actually reading but now, I have an audio book or two going as well. I decided to give audio books another try once the price of MP3 players dropped in price. The best purchase I’ve made is my Sansa Express player (seen at right) that I purchased at a Big Lots store. I picked up the player for about $20 and it comes with 1 gigabyte of memory. These go down in price because of newer models that play videos plus teens want ginormous amounts of memory for their music. If you just want to listen to a few albums (Yes, I have music on there also) it’s excellent for that but the memory is perfect for audio books.
Recently, I expanded the player by picking up a 2 gigabyte micro SD memory card at my local Circuit City for another $20 and installing it as you see at left. Now, for about $40, I have a 3 gigabyte player that holds several albums of music, and many audio books.
So now, I can purchase audio books or even borrow some from my local library and load them into this tiny little player. When I’m walking on a treadmill, taking the dog out for a walk in the early morning, or even driving downtown in my car, I just plug this little machine in and listen to books I would never have the time to read. Just since the fall season started, I’ve listened to three audio books and am on book number four. When you walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes, you can get a lot of “reading” done during that time. It’s another way for me to maximize my time and get more out of it without adding additional minutes to my day.
Between audio and print books, I am trying to read about 20-30 books a year now. That’s a conservative goal but I don’t want to push myself at this point while I’m moving a church, parenting three kids (two teens), and visiting with new families. Still, I find the audio books I’m listening to quite enjoyable. The production quality invested in them now is much better than it was even 10-15 years ago.
So now you know how I do it Keith. No big secrets, just multi-tasking while working out.
Keith’s blog is worth checking out too. http://digitrailblaze.com/