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How to Listen to Bestselling Books (For Free)





By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin



Recently I listened to the new memoir by actress Demi Moore
called Inside
Out
. About the time I finished listening to the book, the hardcover
print memoir was #1 on the nonfiction bestseller list from Publishers Weekly.  




While Inside Out
was unusual listening for me, it wasn't the first time I heard a current
bestseller about the time of its release. In fact, it happens to me often. I
read or listen to many bestselling books. In this article, I want to show you
how you too can listen to the latest books about the time of their release and
when people are talking about them and you are reading about them in the
news.




1. Read about forthcoming books and use free online publications
like Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, newspaper or magazines. As you read, be
watching for the information about forthcoming books and then take action. The
action that I'm encouraging you to take is to sign up to get the book coming
your direction (free).




2.  If you see something of interest, search for it at your
local library on Overdrive and
get on hold list for the book. You will have to learn how to use the search tool
of Overdrive then get on the
waiting list for the book. The beauty of this process is to find the book, put a
hold on it, then get in line for when the book is available. Using the hold
process, when the book is ready for you to check out, it will automatically be
checked out to you and you will receive an email that the audiobook is ready for
you to download on your phone. I love the Overdrive process because it is free, easy and I carry the
books everywhere on my phone. It allows me to listen when I'm in my car for a
few minutes or a longer drive. I can listen to an audiobook when I exercise or
even when I travel on an airplane—because the audiobook is on my phone. After 21
days the book “expires” and returns to the library. This expiration process is
automatic and does not involve physically returning the book since it is all
done electronically.




3. If you can't find it, then make a request for it through your
local library. They can possibly buy the book and if you have requested it, you
get to be one of the first people to get the book. I've gone through this
process a number of times with books and my local library has ordered the
book.




4. From looking at the books that I've been reading and writing
about on Goodreads or Amazon (follow these links to
see the books), I hope you will see the diversity. While I'm a conservative
Christian, I do not read or listen to only conservative Christian books. I mix
into my reading books from people who are at the opposite political spectrum
from me. For example, in recent days, I listened to Susan Rice's memoir called
Tough Love. I
enjoyed this audiobook and heard it cover to cover (which I don't do with every
book). 




Also I vary the types and genres of books that I consume. The diversity
builds something intangible but important in my life. It is a pattern I
recommend for you as well. Don't be in a reading rut but be open to many
different types of books. Because I'm using the library, there is a wide
spectrum of available books.




I've given you the steps and ways I learn about forthcoming
titles and then listen to them for free. Are you listening to audiobooks? Maybe
you do something completely different. Let me know in the comments
below.




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