Good evening/night/morning everyone! Nic here from the e-GO! Library.
Jazzed for our first Meh. These have gone over quite nicely via other sites, so hope you’ll enjoy too.
As there’s always a few common questions, I thought I’d jump in with this info ahead of time. Here goes…
1] DEEP DISCOUNT
The reason Meh is offering such a discount is that these are encased in our older packaging which is now being updated (the pics on Amazon are also of the old packaging) but the actual USB drives and ALL included AudioBooks are and will still be the exact same.
These are all in MP3. If any techies out thee prefer the M4B format, shoot us an email via eGoLIbrary.com after your purchase and we’ll send you a download link to the M4B format.
The books vary greatly in length. On the 550 model, some are multi-day epics like the Count of Monte Cristo, while some are very short. Overall there is roughly 2,000 hours of listening so there’s plenty for a long, long time.
All books are Classics. And while some of these titles can be found on sites like Librivox, the quality tends to be worlds apart. Librivox recording are often done by volunteers (it can be anyone…you, me, anyone) with any device (so usually their phones for example). Furthermore, often Librivox books are pieced together from many separate volunteer recordings. All our AudioBooks were recorded by our team in studios using professional actors (narrators) for high quality sound (samples above). I am by no means trying to knock Librivox- it is an amazing site and I too love it, but there are substantial differences here. So for a few pennies per book, many think it’s worth it.
5] IPAD/IPHONE, ANDROID
The USB drives are dual-ended with a regular USB end plus a Micro-USB end. The Micro-USB fits well in most Android devices so books can be enjoyed directly that way. If you have an iPhone or iPad you typically would first need to transfer the books to your computer then sync to your device. However, we recently launched a new BONUS APPLE APP – so if you buy one of these, and send us a message with your invoice #, we’ll send you a gift code to unlock the Apple APP. That way you don’t have to transfer anything. You can just pull all the books directly off the app itself.
I think that’s about it for now. Off to get my beauty sleep, but I’ll be back in the morning to help answer any questions.
@grammar_geek - All the book on the Kids are on the full 550 version. And no, the 550 doesn’t have any bonus books. Actually it doesn’t have any space left. Nearly all of the 32GB usable space was taken by the AudioBooks themselves. Thanks!
@OldCatLady Right now we have 4 models of the “e-GO! Library” - the 2 Audiobook models on sale here plus a 1,000 eBook (for reading) model + a Spanish collection as well. They can all be seen here: https://www.egolibrary.com/ - thanks!
@Ppublishers Thanks for the prompt reply! I’m glad to hear there’s no room left on the drive, it makes me feel that I’m getting an even better deal! Also, I must confess, part of why I’m buying this is for the cool 32gb drive I can just plug right in to my phone.
@grammar_geek You have an Android phone? The micro-usb will plug right into nearly all Android phones. If you have an iPhone you would first need to transfer to iTunes on your computer, then sync your iphone OR…contact at us eGoLibrary.com and I’ll send you a code to unlock our iPhone app which makes life a heck of a lot easier Thanks!
Wistful-Rushing-Wilderness…I’m so very happy I was able to score one of the 32g Classics on the VMP grab! I’m getting ready to have a 2 level c-spine fusion on Tuesday and these will be greatly appreciated to listen to during my yr long recovery.
@Jolara How did it go for you?
I was gonna say break a leg, but thought it might be regarded as wishing you bad luck, instead of the good fortune I intended.
Instead may your God bless you, and mine too!
The description implies they aren’t Librivox buy are read by professionals.
I have a love/hate relationship with Librivox. I like having free audio books, and dime readings are good, but some are, for me, unlistenable, either because of the equality if the recording or just the voice of the reader.
A trick I learned for public domain books is to buy the Kindle version fit a dollar and then “upgrade” to the Audible version for anywhere from one to for dollars. It’s a lot cheaper than just buying the Audible version alone.
I’ll go read the Amazon reviews if this, if they exist.
@f00l Yeah, they increased the pricing for Audible matching about 6 weeks ago. Google “Amazon Audible matchmaker” and the first link should give you a list of books you own that are eligible for upgrade. Most are now $7.49, which might make this a better deal than I had thought, tho the voice quality isn’t Stephen Fry or James Marsters.
@growyoungagain I usually proofread to catch the Swype errors, but I guess I didn’t this time.
Even with the errors it’s easier for me than typing on my phone. The one thing I don’t like is that the more often I let the wrong word pass the more likely it is to think that’s the right word. Still, Swype and proofreading on my phone is faster than fat-fingering the virtual keyboard and proofreading.
I prefer typing on a real keyboard, but that’s another story.
@f00l Most of the classic books are free, with cheap audiobook versions. Amazon has only increased the price of Audible matches of kindle books you own, for now. If you want a heads up on deals, track the Amazon discussion “Kindle / Audible Recommendations and Deals.”
But cool. I’ve had that attitude myself : not as summer global judgement about a book - just about the what I was getting for the level of my personal investment, and that I did not wish to invest more.
First, it’s not really 550 audiobooks, if you count an audio book as an audio version of a book you’d get from the library.
It’s actually 550 audio stories, some of which are books, and some of which are just short stories. For example, one of the 550 entries in the PDF listing is Conan Doyle’s “The Red-Headed League”. This is a Sherlock Holmes short story, and a very good one at that, but it is just one of the 12 stories in the single book sold as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” The other 11 are there too, but altogether these 12 stories only make a single audiobook, in the traditional sense of the word. There are other, similar cases.
The makers say “overall there is roughly 2,000 hours of listening”. A typical medium length audiobook, such as you might get from Audible, is generally around eight to ten hours on average. So that suggests that this has 200 to 250 full length audiobooks, some of which are presented as individual short stories.
Second, 2,000 hours of sound in 32 gig of data means the average data rate is (32,000,000,000 * 8 ) / (2000 * 3600) ~= 35,555 bits per second. So I’m guessing they are recorded at 32 kbits/second. If that’s single channel (mono) it is just about acceptable, though not great, for mp3 spoken word, ie audiobooks. If it’s dual channel (stereo) the compression artifacts are likely to be horrendous.
Holy crap that audio peaking in the Alice in wonderland clip… Please normalize ;_; Or decrease the gain… or move back from the mic, or you know, talk quieter so the fancy light thingy doesn’t flash into red every time you say a sound
@SSteve Thanks for sharing the link to the Standard Ebooks site! Here I have been doing this myself (grabbing text from Gutenberg, cleaning it up, and then PDFing it) and this site has already done it all. I have been reading about how to publish on Standard Ebooks - very cool. I am going to try it, since I do it anyway and it would be great to share with others. Right now I share the ones I create with my kids - much to their dismay. Perhaps some day they will appreciate the classics! Thanks again!
Thanks! I think I have downloaded all the free classics for Kindle (at least at one time I must have had most of them). Some were okay, but a lot were just awful. The way I got into “editing” them myself was for my kids; I have a pact with them that I will read (or re-read) every classic that they read. So I wouldn’t have to buy several copies of the books, I would grab it from Gutenberg, edit it, add TOC, page numbers, etc., then PDF it and sent it to them. The theory was then we could all read “together.” So far, I think I am very far in the lead…
Customer reviews on Amazon for free Kindle books usually include write a bit of scathing commentary if the formatting of the book is bad, or if that particular edition is full of errors and typos or whatever.
At least I’ve seen many such reviews. Usually among those voted “top” or “most helpful”.
As for costumer reviews: Beyond my pay grade. Stagehands would know better than I.
@kathyl I’m glad you are excited about Standard Ebooks. I really hope it hits critical mass and becomes mainstream. In order to contribute a book it helps if you know how to use GitHub. If not, there are probably people on the Standard Ebooks forum who can help you. You’ll want to go there first anyway to tell them what you want to work on and make sure it’s a fit for the project.
@yakkoTDI Happens. Also from Dragnet, “Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.” I always loved that opening - made me believe that someone actually was innocent. That changed.
@f00l Probably a completely stupid question but I can’t seem to find the info here so maybe you can help. If I got this to play in the truck for my two year old granddaughter, how would I play it for her, preferably play it with headphones or something…lol. TIA.
@f00l Thanks, I knew you’d know! I basically have a broken CD player in my truck and she’s not going near my iPhone 7. I did get her one of those Fire kids tablets for Christmas, but it won’t play it I don’t think. On the other hand, it has a bunch of kids stuff on it and may have better sounding audio books. Decisions, decisions. If it was 5$-10$ I’d get it and worry about how to play it and what it sounds like later. I’m not sure if shell continue to listen if it doesn’t sound good. Of course I’m not a fan of audio books so my bias may be showing.
Sweet. Im an audiobook addict. My library’s selection (including the classics) is running its course, almost all titles worth it are in my history. Depending on length, i can go through two or three a weekend (while im working). But, at the same time…I have never paid for an audiobook…should i start now, with this selection? Mind you, i did have a scribd subscription for a month or two, so i have paid to listen…
ive considered paying for a membership to portland/multnomah library…180 bucks for the family for a year. I also have family in the bay area, and tidewater, and cleveland, and…just havent reached a breaking point with deschutes library yet.
Also, i love the whirring sound of all those discs going at once. Longest so far was Anathem…28 discs. Moby Dick second with 18. But thats just discs…
I have also dabbled with text to speech using various means. My favorite TTS was “The Sun Also Rises.”
Have done plenty of TTS when there was no decent audiobook and I didn’t want to sit down and read the book for whatever reason.
Amazon’s TTS engine that gets used on Kindle book is a good one. The void is nice and the reading is surprisingly good.
You can do this with old kindles (the ones with audio capacities) but the easiest way is with a fire tablet or a fire phone and a decent headset. (I own fire phones (eBay) that get used only for this).
I think the BN nook app will do TTS.
Some of the other e-book apps will do it.
So for amazon wins on voice for me, bit I have not really done a comparison.
@caffeine_dude Yeah, Overcast does that too. It also has a feature where it doesn’t speed up the audio but removes empty space. I’ve tried them but they screw up music podcasts so I usually have them turned off.
To all those who caught my error about Dana and not Sgt. Friday…thanks…cop show lover that I am mistakes do happen …oh well I’m old lol you should know that since I watched Dragnet, Hawaii 50 , Car 51 ( think that was its name) and Highway Patrol…
FedEx SmartPost: Monday, August 21st - Thursday, August 24th
These are shipped by turtle or snail, whichever is less convenient. Give it a little bit. You should have gotten an email with your tracking information, but if not go up to the top, click the person icon and click on my orders and you should see it there.
@Succor Remain calm. It may arrive tomorrow, or it may be impacted by the eclipse and drop into a black hole like all other electronic media, so that we will be reduced to verbal interaction. You just never know.
@BeerPhil This sale was a closeout due to new packaging…but dang if audiobooks wouldn’t be good for a job like trucking? They have the new versions for sale on their website. https://www.egolibrary.com/