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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Greater Princeton

I have recently found that many libraries across the country offer free audio book downloads right to your computer. I've downloaded some really great ones that help me in this business. It's really easy to do and with hundreds of libraries participating, there's a good chance yours does too.

To start, go to http://search.overdrive.com/ and click on your country and state or region. All of the libraries near you that participate will be listed. By me, in NJ, it seems like a great majority of them offer this service. Of course you will need a library card. If your library doesn't participate in this, you may be able to join a nearby library system like I did. Many libraries will offer memberships to people who work in that town; you don't necessarily have to live there.

You can either search on the page mentioned above for the book you want, or as I like to do, click on your library from the library menu and browse the audio books available. I browse the Business and Self Improvement categories mostly although they do offer just about any genre including childrens, classics, science fiction, romance -- even foreign language instruction.

Once you locate an audio book you want you put it in your 'cart' but before you check out your first book you need to download their software that enables you to download and listen to your selection. You'll find a link for that as well as the simple instructions on your library's download page. Many of the books also give you permission to 'burn' them to a CD as well. You can also download them to your Ipod or MP3 player.

After you have downloaded and installed the OverDrive Audio Book software, which takes about 2 minutes tops, you can begin downloading the audio books in your cart.

Some of the titles available in my library and probably yours include:

Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done  by Larry Bossidy

Guide to Investing  What the Rich Invest In, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! by Sharon L. Lechter C.P.A.

How To Connect In Business In 90 Seconds or Less  by Nicholas Boothman

Know-How  The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don't by Ram Charan

The Millionaire Course Seminar  A Visionary Plan for Creating the Life of Your Dreams by Marc Allen

Retire Young, Retire Rich  How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever  by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life  by Donald J. Trump

The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner  by David Bach

Eat That Frog!  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time  by Brian Tracy

Have fun, make that drive time a little more productive!

Coldwell Banker Matherson
Coldwell Banker Matherson - West Islip, NY

That is fantastic... We don't have it on Long Island yet, I just checked but hopefully soon.

Jun 26, 2008 02:57 AM
Howard Wilson
Wilson Than Real Estate - Santa Monica, CA

Oh, no!  You've just rekindled my addiction to audio books.  Ha ha.  Thanks for the list of recommendations.  I look forward to checking them out.

Jun 26, 2008 03:01 AM
James Simmons
RE/MAX Greater Princeton - West Windsor, NJ

Coldwell Banker Matherson: Double check Long Island on the list, it looks like it's under "Suffolk Wave" unless your part of Long Island isn't included.

Jun 26, 2008 03:10 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi James. Thanks for sharing the great tip! Keep them coming.

Jun 26, 2008 04:40 AM
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

When I exercise in the AM, I always listen to a CD, or tape of something that is inspiring or will teach me something. My library has been my friend and has given me tons of good books. and all for free.

Jun 26, 2008 05:35 AM
Jeffrey deJESUS
eXp Realty of California Inc. - Daly City, CA

Thank you for this post James. Im going to start listening tonight. thank you!

Jun 26, 2008 05:54 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I find audio books very convenient for my busy life style. I listen to them while i'm driving, working out in gym, doing housework. Thanks for this information.

Apr 15, 2015 04:31 PM