Review of "Magento – Beginner's Guide" by William Rice

Being that Axsys Technology Group provides website design services and hosting for many online stores, and it's one of the things that we specialize in, I was asked by Packt Publishing to review their recently released book, written by William Rice, on the subject of Magento .

A Little History

Most e-commerce websites today aren't (or shouldn't be) written from scratch. Instead, they should be designed on top of an existing e-commerce engine in order to take advantage of all the hard work and testing that has already gone into the chosen engine.

One of the first engines that I (as well as my team) worked with, is osCommerce. This is perhaps one of the oldest e-commerce engines in existence today. As a result, it has gained from the community that has supported it for years. As security issues and other bugs are discovered, others from the community contribute patches and code to fix them. As a request for a new feature is desired, others provide the fulfillment for the need. This has resulted in a common thread that has spanned across the years, with a huge feature set, able to be fairly easily extended to support just about any needed or desired feature set. However, because of its age, osCommerce has also suffered most recently in terms of being difficult to include some of the newer web 2.0 and Ajax feature set that some of the more recently released engines provide.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Although some can easily turn their backs on older technologies such as osCommerce, we as a company have many years vested in its technology, and continue to update it to support newer features. However, that's not too say that we haven't looked at supporting other e-commerce engines, and in fact, we have been looking at Magento as a potential platform for supporting upcoming clients and websites on.

Thus, immediately after being selected to review the Packt book on Magento, I jumped at the opportunity to finally have an excuse to get comfy with Magento. From the onset, Magento was written to do two things, and do them really well. One: support existing e-commerce functionality and provide a full feature set; two: provide the ability of easily being "skinned". Skinning is the term used to refer to ability of having a new look and feel (from the site visitor's perspective), to differentiate the site from other e-commerce websites. Essentially, it allows you to have a unique look for your website. This means a custom colorset, fonts, images, layout, etc. The collection of these colors, fonts, images, and layout are collectively known as a "theme" in Magento speak.

However, Magento goes above and beyond this, to allow the customization of how products are treated, and the relationship between those products.

William's book concentrates on the installation and configuration of a Magento site. He dives into the aspects of setting up a shop using the default look (or theme) provided by Magento, and stops just short of skinning the actual website with a completely new appearance. As I understand it, Packt is working on releasing a new book to cover the skinning aspects of Magento, and is due out any any day now.

The Book: An Overview of What's Covered

The book begins your tour of Magento with an introduction of the book and what is covered. As with most books of this magnitude, it next provides a step by step walkthrough of installing Magento and even provides some tips for installing the product on various platforms. The installation chapter ends with a check point, to insure that you have understood the concepts that you read, and are ready to begin the next set of chapters. The author has even provided an Appendix that contains step-by-step directions for the installation in one place. It eliminates the explanations, and makes for a wonderful walkthrough and reference, if you've already read the installation chapter, but simply need a quick guide or refresher.

While reading the installation chapter, I did come across one section in particular that left a thought in my head about what new e-commerce developers would think of the subject. That subject being, "the encryption key". As seen on the installation page, the Magento installation software says " Magento uses this key to encrypt passwords, credit cards and more. If this field is left empty the system will create an encryption key for you and will display it on the next page" . I remember thinking to myself, "well, what's the best practice here? Is it to leave it empty or provide one myself". There should have been a little more details provided by the author in order to make that decision.

On the positive side, the author did a great job in this chapter of providing little helpful tid-bits. For example, he points out that one of the most common errors with a Magento installation is to see the "No input file specified" error from the frontend side after installing Magento. Then, he goes onto provide a few different things that should be checked in order to fix the problem.

Another thing that the author did well was to summarize his previously explained concepts. At the end of each section within a chapter, the author provides some kind of wrap up that brings the concept together, either on their own, or in relation to other concepts within the chapter, or across other chapters.

The next set of chapters dive into explaining the various concepts in Magento. He shows how these concepts translate to actually being able to view products online, and how to set them up. The author has done a fair job of explaining the relationship between some of the concepts. Concepts like Categories, Attributes, Attribute Sets, Simple Products, Configurable Products, and Grouped Products are explained very well. Then, the author describes how these all relate to each other, and goes on to explain how to put the pieces together.

During the next few chapters, topics include:

Taxes

Adding Simple Products

Customization of the Store's appearance (including replacing the default theme with a new one) … note, this doesn't mean that the author shows you how to create your own skin (or theme as they are referred to here)

Going Beyond Simple Products

Customers and their Relationship to the rest of the store

Accpeting payments via gateways and merchant accounts

And finally, Fulfilling an Order

I found the chapters to be near complete (only lacking in just a few little things). For example, I felt at times that the author made mention of certain topics, but didn't get into the details. I also felt that sometimes, the author suggested something, but didn't say why. If there are two choices on the table, I'd like to understand both choices in detail before I make a decision of one. That way, I can make an educated decision, and not based on someone else's opinion.

Summary

This book is definitely targeting new Magento users. So if you already have tons of experience in Magento, this book is not for you.

Overall, I thought the book does a great job of interacting with the reader and takes a pretty good approach in breaking up the advanced concepts from the simple ones. I would definitely welcome other books from this author.

There's always an errata here or there and things that others (like myself) feel that could have been done better, or explained differently, but I believe that this books covered about 90% of what most basic newbies will ever want.

If you'd like to see a sample chapter of the book, please feel free to visit the publishers website at Packt Publishing and view the sample chamber they have available on their website.

If you'd like to learn more about getting your online store in Magento started or need help within your existing Magento store, please feel free to contact me. My team will be happy to help you however we can.

9 Tips For How to Promote Your Book on a Limited Budget

There are thousands of ways to market your book. And after months of marketing my book, I've come up with a list of what I've found to be the most effective and important tips for getting the word out on a limited budget about your book.

Tip # 1 – Get a website:
Have a website ready to go the moment your book is out. And then connect your website directly to your book's page on Amazon (and other sites too).

Tip # 2 – Write discussion guidelines:
Have discussion guidelines available to download as a PDF off your website. And if you've written an adult book, consider including a section of questions for teens.

Tip # 3 – Provide free chapters:
Have the first few chapters available as free PDF downloads off your website. This is a great way to get readers "hooked" on reading the rest of the book.

Tip # 4 – Do read some books on promoting your book:
Some of the books I found particularly helpful are:
Sell ​​Your Book on Amazon by Brent Sampson (terrific ways to establish a presence on Amazon)
Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny C. Sansevieri (you can sign up for free email info at amarketingexpert.com)
Plug Your Book by Steve Weber (subtitle: Online Book Marketing for Authors)
1001 Ways to Market Your Books (sixth edition) by John Kremer (huge book so for now I only read Chapter 12 – "How to Sell Books Via Computer") (you can sign up for free email info from him at bookmarket.com )

Tip # 5 – Collect all the publicity tips you can and jump on any opportunities:
Joan Stewart the Publicity Hound (sign up for free email info at publicityhound.com) has great pr tips. And sign up on helpareporter.com to get email updates for story sources that reporters need.

Tip # 6 – Start a blog as soon as possible, preferably before your book is published:
Unfortunately I only learned this wisdom right before my book was published, but I did jump right in once I did learn.

Tip # 7 – Optimize your Amazon presence:
Make sure you take full advantage of author tools on Amazon, including having your blog feed into your AmazonConnect feature on your book's page.

Tip # 8 – Ask book bloggers to review your book:
And if they say yes, be sure to give them a free copy for themselves as well as a free copy for a contest in connection with your book. Book giveaways on book blogs are major attention-getters for people who read. (And if book bloggers really like your book, they're often willing to post the review from their blog on Amazon and other book sites.)

Tip # 9 – Take a virtual book tour:
I used pumpupyourbookpromotion.com to take a month-long virtual book tour (your book is featured on blogs with either a review or an interview or both), and I found the experience extremely effective for developing relationships with book bloggers.

The Beginner's Guide To Internet Millions

What does it take to become the next Internet millionaire? How long does it take? Can anyone become a millionaire online? If you're like most Internet entrepreneurs, home business owners, or Internet marketers you've probably asked yourself these very questions. I want to shine some light on what it takes to become a true millionaire. Outlined in these paragraphs are some fundamental skills and attributes the majority of millionaires posses.

Let me first preface by saying I am not a millionaire … yet, but I have done my fair share of investigating. I have spoken, interviewed, and even been mentored by successful millionaires and they all have very similar principles they live by. I want to share some of them here with you today to encourage you along your path to Internet riches.

Let's assume you are starting from scratch … with almost nothing. The first thing you need to focus on is education. Spend 99% of your time reading books, listening to audio books in the car, attending seminars. Where ever you think you'll learn something, you better be there. Every time you pick up a new book or listen to a podcast you are filling your Internet toolbox with tools you can use on your journey to a million.

The majority of millionaires will read AT LEAST a book a month, but most of them try to get in a book a week. Think about all the knowledge you acquire over the years with that kind of reading habit.

The great thing about becoming an Internet millionaire is it's so darn simple. All the tools, strategies, and techniques are already out there for the picking, you just need to go find it. The one thing that separates the rich from the poor is the wealthy are willing to do things everyone else are not. If you truly want it you should do WHATEVER it takes (I'm talking legal here people). You have to want it more than the next person and take the action necessary to achieve your goals.

Another attribute of the elite class of wealthy individuals is their drive and determination. You have to be able to work harder, longer, faster, and smarter than the next guy, or you're going to be left behind.

Most millionaires are avid goal setters as well. They have goals for everything. The act of writing down your goals, putting a definitive date on it, and some way to quantify it will help you take the daily steps necessary to reach your goals.

One thing you can do right now is spend some time writing down your goals in life. A goal not written down is just a wish, so invest the time in yourself to write out your goals, again with specific dates of achievement. Do you think you're worth it? I do.

Now that you know what it takes, get out there and do it. Another aspect millionaires have is they were never afraid to take action. I guarantee you will see massive change in your life just by applying what you have just learned.

Learn Digital Photography – Different Ways You Can Learn How to Take Great Digital Photos

Read Digital Photography Books . There are a lot of books dedicated to digital photography. You can buy some of them online and read and learn. Depending on your level you might want to buy a book for beginners of for someone who looks for more advanced techniques. There are also more and more books written specifically for your digital camera. You might want to go for one of those as you will learn digital photography as well as how to master your camera. The problem with these books though is sometime they are more focused on the technicality of the camera rather than photography as an art. If you are new to digital photography, then you might want to buy a book on digital photography that explains lighting, framing, and composition. Then you would buy another one specifically written for your particular camera as you want to master all the features of your camera.

Read various free tutorials online . You can find a lot of free information about photography on the Internet. Just Google digital photography and you'll get thousands of pages talking about this topic. The inconvenience is you need to be connected while you read through these information. It can also take you a lot of time as free information is not always structured in such a way you can learn quickly and easily how to take great photos in every situations. However websites are great when it comes to reviewing digital cameras as they tend to change pretty quickly.

Take Digital Photography Courses . Depending on your schedule and how busy you are you can take photography courses at your local college. Those colleges offer evening classes during holiday breaks. Sometimes they also organize class on Saturdays. In general those classes run for 8 to 10 weeks. You'll learn the basics of photography, how to use your digital camera. You may also have shooting sessions outdoor to practice what you've learned. Those courses are not very expensive. Usually the teachers are professional photographers and you'll learn from their experience.

Downloadable guides and videos. Maybe the most convenient way to quickly learn how to take great photos is to get an eBook that comes with videos to show you how you can take awesome photos with your camera. They are great resources that will help you shorten the learning curve and get the results you want faster. Videos have proven to be the most efficient way to learn from.

Question: How Can I Resell Books Profitably on eBay?

QUESTION: I want to open an eBay Store to sell books at fixed prices. How can I add book cover photos and descriptions to my listings? I’ve tried TurboLister, but it’s so difficult. What about paid listers like Andale?

ANSWER: eBay has made some improvements to its Stores. Your books are visible in regular search results now, so eBay Stores are becoming an option for booksellers who want their own store without building a site from scratch.

You can enter ISBNs for most books while you’re listing on eBay’s Web form. This will add the book’s cover image and synopsis to your listing.

Unfortunately, eBay’s free TurboLister software is hard to use, especially for complicated book listings. You can enter ISBNs using TurboLister, provided you’re able to work around its quirks.

I’ve never used Andale, but my hunch is their service works fine. They’ve been in business several years, so users must be getting their money’s worth. I’ve listed the most popular eBay seller tools at the bottom of this post.

eBay Stores offer a bit more flexibility than marketplaces such as Amazon. You can sell with auctions or at fixed prices. You can experiment with different words in your listings, allowing a bit of flair and salesmanship. And your Store inventory is automatically exported to Shopping.com and Froogle, giving your books some added exposure on the Web.

I agree with your strategy on selling most books at fixed prices. It is possible to get a higher price at auction for a truly unusual book — perhaps one out of 10,000 books you’ll sell.

Here are some of the most popular listing services for eBay sellers. A few are free, and some offer a trial period.

Andale

Zoovy
AuctionWagon
Auction Zealot
Auctiva
eBay Sellers Assistant
GarageSale
inkFrog
SpoonFeeder

Free Educational Resources for The Small Business Owner

I love free stuff. Who doesn’t I also love learning and gaining wisdom on a wide variety of topics. So I have compiled a list of awesomely amazing free learning resources and educational programs available to business professionals and entrepreneurs. I am not paid or affiliated with any of these companies, but I do use their services regularly.

BookBoon.com

BookBoon.com offers an amazing array of free college textbooks, business books, and travel guides. All books are written exclusively for bookboon.com. Business topics range from accounting and finance to time management planning, IT, and marketing. You will also be able to find textbooks for varied areas of study including calculus, engineering, earth science, and statistics. My favorite part of bookboon.com is their wide selection of books on MS Office programs. Guides for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Visio, Outlook, and Publisher are all available for download on the website. An added bonus, Bookboon.com allows users to download multiple books at the same time using a zip file.

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB)

The NACPB is an organization composed of accounting and bookkeeping professionals. This organization is an excellent tool for accounting professionals or business owners and entrepreneurs who are responsible for maintaining their own financial financial records. Although a majority of free training and educational materials are available to members only, there are other valuable training opportunities available to nonmembers as well. The following is a listing of current lessons that are free to both members and nonmembers of the organization:

  • How to Build a Highly Profitable Bookkeeping Business
  • Accounting: The Language of Business
  • Tax: Introduction to Federal Taxation and Understanding Federal Tax law
  • The Need for Payroll and Personnel Records
  • Excel: Getting Started

NACPB also provides free accounting and QuickBooks competency tests, which can be reached through the NACPB website at http://www.nacpb.org.

Free-eBooks.net

Free-eBooks.net allows people to enjoy free limitless reading of electronic books through their website. Free book downloads are limited to 5 ebooks per month for members with free accounts. Users can pay for more or unlimited downloads. The site offers fiction and nonfiction reading choices, plus academic articles and textbooks. Books can be downloaded in several different formats, including Mobi, PDF, ePub, and HTML. Writers can also submit their ebooks to be featured on the site. For a limited time only, Free-eBooks.net will promote a writer’s ebook for free. http://www.free-ebooks.net

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the largest single collection of free eBooks, with over 40,000 ebooks available to read online or download for free. Project Gutenberg carries only high quality books that have been digitized and proofread by their own volunteers and staff. Most of the books available on the site are older literary works. A majority of the classics are available on the site for free.

BetterBottomLine.com

BetterBottomLine.com website and blog is run by CPA and QuickBooks expert, Scott Gregory. This site offers free tutorials on QuickBooks that are available for download. The site currently offers 14 free tutorial guides on topics ranging from remote access options to new features in QuickBooks 2012 edition.

Education-Portal.com

Education-Portal.com allows users to take free college level courses online. Videos of select free courses are available for viewing online. After watching the videos, students can take a free quiz to access their knowledge and understanding. The great benefit of using Education-Portal.com is that their classes prepare students for the CLEP exam. CLEP, which stands for College-Level Examination Program, was designed for independent learners and anyone can take the exam. Each exam is $77 and will earn 3-6 college credit hours.

The following are a few of the courses available through Education-Portal.com:

  • Biology 101: Intro to Biology
  • Business 101: Principles of Management
  • Business 102: Principles of Marketing
  • Chemistry 101: General Chemistry
  • Economics 102: Macroeconomics

The list above is only a small sampling of the free educational resources available on the Internet. With a good Google search one will find an array of training tutorials and eBooks, many of which are free of charge. Many businesses and organizations offer these free benefits as a marketing tool or membership incentive. Whether you are a college student or business professional, I urge all to take advantage of the free knowledge that is available in this age of information.

How to Make Money Online: Making Money Online Is Not Easy

Making money online is not easy. Even if you read books about how to make money online, it is still not easy. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is to believe the hype gushing from people who want to offer you this program or that plan when all they want is your cash. Here is the truth, along with some tips if you are really serious.

Making Money Online is Not Easy!

Yep, the same as the title, that's because it's true. It is also true that lots of people make money online using what is vaguely referred to as 'internet marketing,' but many times more fail to make even what they outlay.

It's like slots – put in a $ 100 and get an $ 80 drop and you say you won. Did you heck! Pay $ 12 for web hosting, another $ 49.99 for an eBook on how to make money and $ 50 on AdWords advertising and make a sale of $ 9.99 and you think – "Hey – this could just be what I am looking for!" Forget that you are already down $ 102!

It can get even worse, because when you start online marketing, you already have hundreds and thousands of people trying to do exactly the same as you – in your niche. If you want to know what competition you have, select a keyword that most describes your business and enter it into the Google search box.

Check the Competition: It Can be Humbling

Check out the number of other results just under the search bar. My keyword 'article services' provided 3.17 billion other results, which is an indication of my competition for the concept of my website. When I seek the competition for the exact term by putting the search term in quotes, thus: "article services", I get 234,000 other web pages using that exact keyword.

This will let you know what you are competing against. It's discouraging, and almost enough to put you off even trying – almost! If you are still serious about wanting to learn how to make money online, then you at least have a chance- but it won't be easy and it won't be quick.

Sure, you read about these guys that have made millions shortly after using their new system! They even provide proof! Photoshop and its clones can provide as much proof as they need to persuade you that their program or 'system' is the best thing since sliced ​​bread!

My Learning Experience

Yes, many people are able to make money in affiliate marketing – selling other people products for a commission. They are fundamentally salespersons who get paid for each sale. When I started out in internet marketing 8 years ago, I paid $ 12,500 to Cory Rudl's mentoring program. I was mentored by a guy in Canada. He taught me what is now common knowledge: how to start up a website and advertise it – that's about it.

This guy was getting paid for teaching me what everybody already knew! Only I was too naïve to understand that I had very little chance of making money by doing what everybody else was doing. I failed, and do you know why? Here's why:

I decided to try affiliate marketing. It's easy: sell somebody's product and get paid for it. All these products have a high demand I am told, so I cannot fail. I failed! Then I came across this 'unbeatable offer' for software that would source the most profitable affiliate products. Only $ 99.95! Did it source my profitable products – nope! Then this rich jerk sold me a book showing how he did it – total con – it was what I was already doing, so total failure again!

Making Money is Not Easy …

But it can be done! If you have a skill (mine is writing) and there is a demand for that skill online, then you can make money. Sure, you hear about the successful affiliate marketers, or people teaching others how to make money online. What you don't hear about are the millions upon millions of others that not only don't make anything, but they lose money they can't afford to lose.

Use Your Skills and Knowledge

However, if you have a skill:

  • You are great at crochet or quilting
  • You are a snowboarding expert and can sell advice and equipment
  • You are a children's entertainer that kids adore
  • You are a martial arts expert starting you own dojo
  • You are a retired teacher offering tuition
  • You are a great writer, and can write bespoke children's story books or web content
  • You are an expert in any topic or subject and can offer online training or eBooks

then there are millions of people out there looking for what you are good at. Don't try to copy what others are doing, but be yourself. Do your own thing, and offer it online. Don't spend $ 199.99 for the next great way to make money – it might work for 1%, but the other 99% just waste their cash.

How to Make Money Online – Summary

So, to sum up, I make money online writing articles and web content for my clients. Before I realized that I should be using my writing skills, I learned a great deal about failure, and what should be avoided.

Unless you have no skills or knowledge whatsoever, use what you know about and focus on that. It took me time to realize that and start ignoring those who would make me a millionaire – it doesn't happen! I maxed all my credit cards (why did they give me them?) And have only recently finished paying them off and building my credit score back up.

Making money online is not easy, and forget those that will teach you how to make money online selling other people's products that another 100,000 are also trying to sell. The statistics say you will likely lose your money – and some even lose their homes! Use the skills and knowledge you possess. Somebody wants to make use of these and you can sell it to them.

Create Your Own Blog – 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro by Tris Hussey

If you want to learn about blogging, “Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro” by Tris Hussey is a great resource. For the new blogger, it is fantastic. For the experienced blogger, I bet you’ll still learn a thing or two. But it really is aimed at the beginner and maybe intermediate blogger.

The thing I really liked was Hussey provides a lot of detail and information. This book really helped me with the two websites/blogs I just created, and I’m going to use it as a reference if I decide to add some different things like video and audio to my blogs.

Hussey admits that he favors WordPress and the book has more about WordPress than other blogging platforms. With this said, he does mention some of the others such as Blogger or TypePad. Hussey says he’s tried all the different blogging platforms and prefers and recommends WordPress, so most of the information refers to this platform for creating a blog, but many concepts and ideas will work if you choose another. This is another thing I like about the book, Hussey shares many resources, and many are free, to help you with what you want to do.

There is a quick introduction about how to use the book, and then a brief history of blogs and how to start your own. There is a basic chapter on installing and setting up your first blog. This is very basic and walks the novice through the setup. Don’t know what a plugin or widget is? This chapter will tell you.

Chapter three focuses on writing and creating a conversation, while chapter four is on building community. Chapter five is the first of the 6 projects. The six are: Creating a personal blog; Creating a business blog; Creating a podcast blog; Video blogging; Creating a portfolio blog; Creating your online lifestream; and a bonus chapter on Making money through your blog.

In these chapters, Hussey really does walk you through doing all the things you’ll want to do with your blog. He covers the basics, but also how to record, edit and post audio and video, as well as topics like twitter, Cliqset, and ways to pull all your posting and content together. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information and detail provided. The last chapter, which was a bonus, probably had the least amount of information, but he did cover the basic ways people are making money with their blogs.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start blogging, or for the person who wants to improve their blog presence or take their blogging to the next level with audio or video. Great blogging reference.

Benefits Of Reading Books: How Reading Greatly Enhances Your Life

There are many benefits of reading books. Unfortunately, in this day and age, not a lot of people take the time to read them anymore.

When was the last time you pick something up? Blame your answer on technology if you must, but that doesn't change the fact that you're missing out on a lot of wonderful benefits!

Read on to learn the various benefits of reading books!

1) It Feeds Your Mind.

Obviously, reading books provides you with new knowledge. Whenever you read something, you learn new information that you otherwise would not have known.

It can be a fact about history or a theory you did not know existed. If you want to learn new words in particular, reading books is a great way to enrich your vocabulary.

2) It Keeps Your Brain In Shape.

Reading also keeps your mind in good condition. Similar to solving puzzles, reading books allows your mind to practice its processing skills.

Going without books for too long will turn your mind to mush. I'm not kidding! Why do you think they call television the boob tube?

3) It Develops Your Critical Thinking Skills.

One of the primary benefits of reading books is its ability to develop your critical thinking skills. Reading mystery novels, for example, sharpens your mind. Whenever you are faced with a similar problem in real life, your mind is now able to put its mystery-solving prowess to a test.

4) It Makes You More Articulate.

There's nothing quite like reading books to help you become a better conversationalist. Seeing how words are used (and how sentences are structured) with your own eyes helps you commit the information to memory better than by listening to a teacher discuss the points in class.

5) It Is Accessible.

One of the great benefits of reading books is that the information in it can be accessed over and over again. When you're following a recipe, for example, reading a cookbook allows you the luxury of reviewing the procedures and the ingredients whenever you need to.

Unless you have a photographic memory, following a recipe from a cooking show will be difficult. Don't even think about writing the information down because you will probably only lose the paper you wrote down on sooner or later.

These are just some of the wonderful benefits of reading books. Why don't you drop by the bookstore or library and pick a book up? If you can't even go outside, you can download free ebooks online and read them on your computer. That way, you can see how advantageous reading can be for yourself!

An Audio Book Library Provides A World Of Pleasure

A world of pleasure awaits you with the use of audio books. So many people thoroughly enjoy reading, but few actually can read as much as they would like. Reading is a fascinating pastime and has rewards of its own, however, there is also much benefit that can be gained from listening to books as well.

A lot of the joy that comes from listening to it, seems to take us back to the time when we were children. We can actually recapture the joy of closing our eyes and listening while someone reads a story that transports us to another time and place.

It becomes a lot of fun to collect different audio books, and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg for your collection. They can be purchased both new and used, rented, checked out at the library or downloaded. There are also ones that are free of charge.

When a person is a book worm and wants to have a library, most of the time, they purchase books new, as there may be others in their family that reads them as well. Sometimes, people will also purchase books on sale or in used condition. This creates a nice rounded library that they may be proud of. For more zealous readers, it may be more convenient to go to the local library and check out books. The same can also be said of audio books. There are numerous audio libraries scouring the country, where you too, may have the pleasure of checking out a variety of these stories on CD.

Where To Find A Free Audio Book

To begin your search for a free audio book, you may wish to start by looking at your local library. There are also a number of sites on the internet, where you are able to download them for free. All you need to do is type “free audio book” into Google. There will be so many results, including books for sale or rent, and those for free, you’ll be simply amazed.

A very helpful organization that provides free public domain audio books is called LibriVox. This company has volunteers who record free ones and publish the files onto the internet. From there they are offered as free downloads. This company has a goal to record all books in the public domain.

There are a variety of free audio books and included in this list, are books for entertainment, books to learn languages, university and educational courses, inspirational books and promotional material as well.

Remember you can turn a monotonous task or an otherwise boring time, into a period of pleasure in your life by listening to one. Start by introducing a free audio book into your world, and you’ll soon realize, they need to become a permanent part of your life.