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The Revival of the Audio Book

After 70 years audio books are still going strong. Nowadays it is very easy to download audio books from the Internet, which makes them more popular then ever before.

A short history of the audio book

In 1920 the Royal National Institute for the Blind in England was already doing research on how to create audio books for the blind.At that time there were a lot of ex World War 1 soldiers who had gone blind as a result of the fighting.

In 1926 the RNIB started to use LP's to record audio books which could be played on record players (the kind with the big horn, you had to swing a handel a couple of times before it would play).

In 1936 the "Talking Book Service" was launched.

The first two books were:'The murder of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie and Joseph Conrad's 'Thyphoon'

The records used at the time could hold 25 minutes of spoken text, so they needed about 10 records for an average audio book.

In 1940 the studio used by the RNIB was bombed, and one month later a replacement studio was also bombed .The RNIB wanted to start publishing audio books again, but they needed certain materials which had been destroyed.

In America, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), had started producing audio books as well, and they did send the much needed parts to help their English counterparts.

Unfortunately the shipment got lost during a bombing raid of the London harbor!

A second shipment however did make it, and the RNIB was able to start again with the production of audio books.

In the sixties the audio books started to appear on cassettes.

The first cassettes were the so called "4 Track's".

Your average audio book on one of these 4 Track's was so big that it could not be send by ordinary mail, and had to be delivered by a special packet delivery service.

With the invention of the compact cassette delivery by mail became possible again.

Later, after the invention of the compact disk player, audio books started to appear on CD's.

Nowadays the audio books have become more popular then ever before, in spite of their age.

One of the main reasons for their ever growing popularity is the fact that audio books can be downloaded straight from the Internet and can be listened to anywhere you want, even on your I-Pod!

There are a good few audio book publishers who provide this service, and it looks like they are on to a winner.

Audio books, more then 70 years old and still growing strong.

source: http://www.a1articles.com/

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