Audiobooks are a recording of a text being read, typically a book.
The history dates back to the 1930s, when the American Foundation for the Blind established a program to provide reading materials for the vision impaired.
Caedmon Records was formed in 1952 and was the first company to sell spoken word recordings to the public.
By the 1970s, the commercial market expanded with cassette tape decks being built into cars. This helped push the business into the 1980s.
In 1986, the Audio Publishers Association joined publishers to promote audiobooks. Companies like Time-Life and the History Book Club offered audiobooks to their members.
By the mid 1990s, the audiobook business grew to 1.5 billion dollars a year in retail value.
Over the past fifteen years technology has advanced tremendously.
Broadband technologies, compressed audio formats, downloading speeds, and portable media players all have contributed to the gigantic market that exists today.
What a great thing for horror fans!
Some audiobook websites have thousands of horror novels, spine chilling compilations, and classic tales of the macabre.
Listening to a horror audiobook has some nice advantages too. They turn chores into enjoyable tasks.
Imagine wanting to read the latest Steven King novel but you have to clean your house or cook dinner. Now you are able to do two things simultaneously with a boost in productivity.
A good narrator can turn an annoying commute to work into something you look forward to every morning. There are horror books with short stories that will accommodate a short commute as well.
Audiobooks are a wonderful way to replicate the tradition of story telling. Some audiobooks are read by authors who wrote the novel, which makes the story more engaging by setting the mood.
(This gem is narrated by Gunner Hansen)
No more eye strain from long hours of reading. You can carry a virtual library with you on a tablet or phone as well, this allows you to listen to them just about anywhere and anytime you wish.
Audible.com has a great selection of horror. Documentaries, fiction, the supernatural, and best sellers are all just a download away.
They have reasonable prices and a free trial that is worth checking out if you are new to audiobooks.
Give them a try, it will open up a new world on enjoyment for you!
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