Audiobook CDs in MP3: No More Switching Discs

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shutterstock_178564877Do you listen to audiobook CDs in the car? I do. They’re a great way to get through all those new titles (I’ve heard 3,500 new books are introduced every day) and it makes the commute more bearable. My only pet peeve is changing CDs—an act that just may be more dangerous than texting while driving. Some books are up to 12 CDs long. I’ve even listened to children’s chapter books that fill up six discs. From now on, however, changing out CDs will be a thing of the past.  I recently discovered that BrillianceAudio has introduced a new way to fit most books on a single disc.

The BrillianceAudio books are digitized using the MP3 format. The format is 12 times more compressed than the format used for standard audio CDs. There’s no difference in sound quality. But the package is a whole lot slimmer.

The downside is that not all CD players recognize MP3-CDs. If your car has an older CD player, you’ll get a message that the disc is blank. If you don’t have a CD player that recognizes MP3 technology (most cars more than five years old do not), you can transfer the audiobook files to an MP3 player, such as an iPod, then use that device to play the book.

These digital audiobooks can also be played on:

• Most DVD and BluRay DVD players

• Computer CD drives

• Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii

Audio books are digital books, too. By removing the hassle of switching CDs, BrillianceAudio has made safer to listen to those books on the road.

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Beth Bacon

About Beth Bacon

Beth Bacon has an MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She helps organizations large and small define their brands and has a special expertise in helping authors market their books. Beth has won the The Candlewick Award for Picture Book Writing, the Marion Dane Bauer Award for Middle Grade Writing, and is a PSAMA PULSE Award Finalist for marketing.

2 thoughts on “Audiobook CDs in MP3: No More Switching Discs

  1. Buddyperx

    Perhaps Brilliance is putting the MP3 files on a DVD and so this is playable on the newer DVD/CD players in newer cars and homes.



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