What Kind of an Audio Book to Buy – Free Audio Book (MP3), Cd, or Cassette Audio Book

The modern technology gives us the opportunity to “open” the existing concept of a book. Nowadays, in addition to reading a book in the old fashioned way, one can listen to audio book in one of at least 3 methods: An audio book on a cassette, an audio book on a CD or an audio book in the format of a MP3 or other audio file. In this article we will examine the different parameters that one should consider when buying a new “book”:

1. Size and Weight – The smaller and lighter, the better. Carrying a big and heavy book could by a hassle. In this parameter the most modern method is certainly the best one – one can have several books on one MP3 player like an Ipod. The next audio book methods according to this parameter in a descending order are audio books on a cd and audio books on cassettes (one book can be converted into more than 20 cassettes).

2. Comfort – In this parameter the opinions are varied. Most claim that the new MP3 audio books are the most convenient ones. The disadvantage is that one can continue listening to the audio book only from the exact point he stopped at the last time. That’s why some still insist that there is no real substitute to the convenience of the old fashioned books.

3. Price – The price varies according to the different titles. In general, audio books on MP3 files are the cheapest. Audio books on CD and on cassettes are more expensive. None of them clearly costs more. Comparing to the old fashioned book, we find that it usually costs the same as the audio book on a MP3 file.

4. Variety – All the bestsellers could be found on the different methods of the audio books. However, most of the books are published only on the old fashioned way – the printed one. Yet, In the past couple of years, the amount of new audio books is growing rapidly.

Each one should take into account the different parameters and make his decision. We assume that most of the people will find that the best audio book method for their need is the MP3 audio book.

Developing Your Own Fashion Style

Your style is important. Ask yourself every time you buy anything, every time you make anything, or have anything made: Is it in accord with my style? Does it meet the requirements of correct dress for me?

If you live in a little city or a village and suddenly found yourself on Fifth Avenue in New York City, would you feel conspicuous in your clothes? If friends from the fashion centers of America were coming to visit you, would you feel out of place in your costume? You should not. You have the same opportunity to be correctly dressed as any other woman if you will study and persevere toward perfection in dress.

We must realize that we have a style of our own and that we are of a particular type. This is recognized by every fashion authority in the country, and by every fashion publication, for if all women were to adhere to one fashion, one fashion only would be shown in the fashion books instead of twenty, thirty, or fifty different designs.

Look through any fashion book today and you will find round-and-round and up-and-down lines in the same issue–all with the idea of helping women to clothe themselves correctly and of giving suggestions that will help them individually to find appropriate styles.

Establishing a style for yourself and then perfecting it–be it in hats, gloves, shoes, dresses, or suits–will prove economical, and it will not be long before a degree of perfection will be acquired.

A prominent New York business woman, who is one of the most distinctively dressed women that I know, wears the smartest suits and hats and always severely tailor-made gowns. And her neckwear, usually a jabot or a stock, is so smart that you would never for a minute question whether it is authoritatively fashionable. She always wears high shoes on the street, and usually they have light-colored tops, because she is tall and the light tops of the shoes help to break the appearance of height.

One day, this young woman came to visit me. I could not refrain from remarking about the completeness of her costume. I said, “If I saw your shadow, I should know that it was you by the harmony that your silhouette expresses and the very way you carry yourself.”

She said, “Do you know that remarks like yours are what caused me to persevere in acquiring my style of dressing? I used to think I wanted loose, floppy clothes in which I could relax and be just as free and comfortable as if I were in negligee. Once, when in a ferry boat crossing New York harbor, I saw sitting opposite me a line of crumpled-up women apparently enjoying their slovenly posture. Not one of them expressed dignity or pride in her personal appearance. Not one of the women on that boat, I thought, was unusual or had any desire to know better. I then took a little self-inventory. I was ashamed of myself, because I realized I was not very much better dressed than the other women on the boat. I sat up straight and determined right then and there that I would acquire a style becoming and practical for me and would express that style in the most attractive and agreeable way that I could. And that resolution has helped me more than I can say.”

She was frank enough to tell me that she attributed a great part of her success to having wakened up, to having made herself trim and having kept herself so. She always plans to have one good suit or one good dress–just as good as she possibly can afford; she procures a garment that she has to respect, and that will make her “dress up to fit.”

She said, “If I put on a shabby dress, I will allow my shoes to be shabby and will be careless about my personal grooming; but when I have a dress that I have to be particular about, I always have my hair, my shoes, my gloves, my corset–everything–Just right for it, and I always look very much better.”

Living up to your clothes, creating a style, and being equal to an intelligent expression of it are worth many dollars to a woman who wants to be a success in business, in the home, or in social life.

Coffee Table Books – How to Choose the Perfect Books to Create the Right Impression

Having chosen the perfect coffee table to complement your living space you need something to put on it. Many people find that they are overwhelmed by the huge variety of coffee table books. Given how expensive such books can be many people are also understandably nervous about making the right choice and selecting the right books for their home.

Coffee table books need to perform several functions. Firstly, they need to look good on your coffee table. For this reason they need to have a cover that is appealing to have on display. Although this will often mean a book with beautiful photographs and images on the cover, something striking and monochromatic can look just as good.

Secondly, they need to say something about you and your home. For this reason the books that you choose should reflect something of yourself. This may be a particular interest that you have such as fashion, interiors, cars, or could even be a book about the area in which you live or the area where you grew up.

Travel books that have beautiful photographs of a place that you have visited can also be a great choice as they can provide a great conversation starter for when you have visitors that you do not know well.

Thirdly, the books that you select need to actually be interesting for your guests to look at. Often when we have guests in our home we need to step out of the living area for a few moments to prepare food or to take an unexpected call. This is the time when many guests will reach for a coffee table book.

With coffee table books readers tend to dip in and out of the book rather than to sit down and read it cover to cover. You should bear this in mind when selecting your book. This means that pages should be easy to read independently; you should not need to read long sections of the book for it to make sense.

The book should also have a large number of images as this makes it an appealing prospect for a reader to flick through. Dense text is not attractive to a reader with only a short window of time, whereas images naturally lend themselves to this kind of reading. This is particularly the case with travel books or other books with stunning photographs such as fashion photography.

When selecting your coffee table books bear in mind that your guests may not have the same interests as yourself. Therefore select a combination of books that means that it is likely that there will be something appealing to everybody. If your selection contains only fashion books it is likely that some of your guests will find little to look at whereas if your choices include topics such as travel and books about your local area most people will be able to find something in them that they can enjoy.

The most important thing to remember when buying coffee table books is that they should be bought for yourself as well as for your guests. Therefore choose books that you too will enjoy as much as your guests will. If you choose a book with images that you yourself love you may look at them for years to come.