WHAT IS AN MP3 CD?
MP3's can save you money! They are simply a different, more efficient way of recording audio.
Normal audio CD's use "WAV" files. WAV files take up large amounts
of digital space, so a normal audio CD can contain only a maximum of 80
MP3's of similar quality use only about one-tenth as much digital space so a CD of MP3 recordings can be ten times as long as a normal audio CD, perhaps longer.
A long audio book that runs for several hours will require maybe 4, 5, 6 or more standard audio CDs.
However the same lengthy recording will fit onto a single MP3 CD, making the recording cheaper to produce and to distribute.
MP3 CD's will play in computers, and in many (but not all) recently-made CD or DVD players.
If in doubt, check the manual or the product specifications for your CD/DVD player. If you aren't sure, it's safer to buy standard audio CDs.
Most of my titles on this website can be purchased as:
- an MP3 CD
- a collection of standard audio CDs, or
- an MP3 download
My MP3 CDs use the same high-quality packaging and artwork as the standard audio CDs.
However, if an audio book is under 80 minutes, and therefore short enough to fit onto a single, standard audio CD, then I don't bother to produce a separate MP3 CD version. There's no point if one CD = one CD.
When viewing the page for any audio book, there is a drop-down box at the bottom of the page which will allow you to choose either a set of audio CDs, or an MP3 CD if that option is available.