As a writer, I love books. They are fuel for any idea or pursuit I have. They help me do what I do better. But books cost both time and money. Wouldn't it be great, though, if they didn't?
Here's a quick way to start reading and learning more — for free: audiobooks.
Books are an incredible investment in your continued education, personal growth, and awareness of the world around you. But most people have little time to crack open a book, and sometimes even the $25 you pay for a hardcover can feel like a big investment.
Admittedly, as much as I love to read, I was finding it increasingly difficult to find the time to get through a book as the demands of a growing family and growing business were requiring more and more of me.
Then I found Audible. Or rather, it was recommended by a friend. As I started listening to audiobooks, I was amazed at how many books I could get through. First, it was one a month. Then it was one a week. Now, it's several books a week, and my goal is eventually a book a day!
Audiobooks are an easy way for you to start reading more books on a regular basis for as little as $15 a month.
On that note, did you know that you can download my best-selling book right now for free? Here’s how it works:
- Click this link: The Art of Work.
- Sign up for a free, 30-day trial to Audible.com.
- Download the book and start listening!
So what’s the catch?
There is none. You get to download one book absolutely for free just for trying out Audible, which I happen to love and use daily.
If you don’t currently subscribe to Audible, you’re missing out on an incredible learning tool and resource. There’s a mobile app that allows you to stream or download the books and fun little badges so that you can keep track of how much you’re reading. This is the only way I am able to read multiple books a week while managing a demanding schedule.
Note: Audible is currently extending this offer only to non-members. If you’re already an Audible subscriber, my books are still valuable ways to take advantage of your membership credits.
If during your trial, you decide that you don’t like Audible, you can cancel the service and they’ll even let you keep the book! So it's completely no risk. A word to the wise: this was how I got hooked on audiobooks years ago, so consider yourself warned. You are about to read a whole lot more. 🙂
I love audiobooks, for a few reasons:
#1. For nonfiction
It's an easy way to download the information in a book quickly. It's like a low-cost course delivered directly to you.
#2. For fiction
It’s affordable, high-quality entertainment. Some of my favorite audiobooks are novels, including many classics that have been recently re-done on Audible (I highly recommend the recent version of The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal).
If you get my audiobooks on Audible, you'll hear that I’m the one narrating them, so you get to listen to the book as I intended it to be read.
#3. For reading more
And if you’re like me, you just might want to buy certain books in every format available: print, ebook, and audio. I like audio because I can quickly get through a book (using the 3x speed on the iPhone app), print because it’s convenient for me to use for research and quick browsing, and eBook because I can carry around a Kindle and store thousands of books in one place.
If you’ve told yourself you were going to get around to reading one of my books but never have, then I highly encourage you to go listen to the audiobook.
I listen to so many books while I’m doing chores around the house, driving to work, walking around the grocery store. And a few minutes here and there add up quickly. You’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll get through books this way.
A well-read friend recommended Audible to me a few of years ago, and I was skeptical. $15 per month for an audiobook? Was it really worth it? Absolutely. I quickly upgraded to the $20 option (which gets you two books per month) and began buying extra books (which Audible members get at often deep discounts).
I’ve been an Audible member for over a decade, and it’s one of the best services I use on a daily basis. A lot of books I read and recommend are available on Audible, so listening to them in audio is a great way to grow as a writer.
So what are you waiting for? Download your free copy of The Art of Work (or any of my other books) for free today. Enjoy!