Question of the Day:
If people who read books on paper are called bookworms,
then are people who
Audio books are considered to be the fastest-growing segment in the publishing industry, growing 75 percent since 1995 and representing $2 billion in annual sales, according to the Audio Publishers Association (APA).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What types of items do you have?
A: Most of the items that I offer for sale can be described as EX-LIBRIS (ex-Library). They are, in general, gently used audio books, both fiction and non-fiction, from such well-known companies as Recorded Books LLC, Books on Tape Inc., NAXOS audio, Tangled Web Audio, Blackstone Audio Books, Random House, Harper Collins, etc. These items are almost all unabridged can be quite expensive if purchased new. For many people, purchasing these items new is cost prohibitive and so therefore I decided to start Audiotome.
Q. What is an ex-libris audiobook?
A. An book described as "ex-libris" generally means that it was, at one time, owned by a public library/commercial setting and was in general circulation before being removed. Items can be removed from a collection for a number of reasons, among them age, but many times space concerns, and duplication (libraries replace popular items frequently). Often, if an item has not been checked out within a certain amount of time it is removed from the collection to make room for new items coming in. I can attest that these things take up immense amounts of room and I can sympathize with a library which is long on desire to keep items but short on space.
Q: So what does this mean?
A. I acquire these items, surprisingly often, in good to nearly new condition, clean them up, test them and then sell them to audio book lovers from all over for a fraction of what others are charging. Sure, some of the older ones might not look perfect but the vast majority of the items play just fine and are terrific listening copies at a great price. I take pride in my efforts to remove as many of the stickers and other markings from the items as I can. I know some may not agree with that but I only acquire items legitimately through library sales, auctions, lot purchases, private sales and a host of other buying opportunities. I simply believe that removing the stickers makes for a more attractive and pleasing item. Buy with confidence-anything that doesn't play to your satisfaction can be returned for credit on another item or your money back.
Q. Why are there only descriptions for some of the items and not for others?
A. I do wish I could have a description page for each and every item. Unfortunately, time doesn't allow me to do that. I will add sub-pages to call out certain unusual items from time to time, however, creating the pages is very labor intensive. I do them as time allows. I have provided the title, author, running time and number of cassettes (narrators coming soon) for each item.
Q. How are your audio books graded?
A. Each book in the Audiotome inventory is described, including the condition. Visit our Audio Book Rating System page for more details.
Q: Which grade do you have the most of?
A: Most of my items will be marked as Good (G) or Very Good (VG). Although I do acquire Excellent or New material from time to time and will offer Fair when available.
Q: How can I pay?
A: Currently I can take PayPal, MO or checks. I can also process a credit card transaction through a merchant account. This necessitates that either you call me or e-mail me with a phone number and a good time to call to obtain credit card info. DO NOT send credit card information through your e-mail (especially important if you have a free hotmail account or similar). It's definitely not secure and I don't want to see anyone have to deal with the mess that comes with a stolen credit card number.
Q: I have a specific item I am looking for, can you help?
A: Even if I don't currently have a certain title I do travel to many sales during a month and I can search a number of sources to try to come up with that rare title you're seeking. I cannot promise that I will be able to produce said title as availability varies wildly, but I'll give it my best shot. I post wanted items on the bottom of the home page and every now and again I will get a match so if you have that needle in the haystack you are looking for, send it in.
Q: There was something sticky on the item I received. What is it?
A: When I receive them most of the items are so plastered with stickers it is sometimes difficult to see the title of the book. Sometimes they are dirty and just downright gross. I have always thought these to be unsightly and I attempt to remove as many of them as possibly. Unfortunately, sometimes residue is left behind. I have found that Goo-Gone (available at Home Depot and craft stores, etc.) will take the sticky stuff right off and if it is just a little bit of stickiness a shot of Formula 409 or Fantastick works well too. When you clean the case be sure to remove the tapes and put them out of harms way. An errant spray of cleaner could ruin a nice set of tapes.
Q: I have a tape that plays strangely, how can I fix it?
A: There are many situations that cause tapes to play poorly that are fixable. I have spliced tapes and rewound a few using a pencil, fixed the pads on tapes and glued cracks. When it is this far gone they almost never hit my inventory. I have prepared a chart to assist you with the care and feeding of problem tapes. If you experience a problem not listed on the chart, please call or e-mail me. If the problem is heat damage, the tapes and clamshell case will only be useful as decorative doorstop.
You will also want to visit our Care and Feeding of Audio Tapes page.
Q: What exactly is an "Audio Tome"?
A: It's actually a play on words. I was searching for a name for this little enterprise and I was turning around a number of ideas in my head. I knew that audio books many a time come abridged on just a few tapes, but what of these monsters that have running times of 25 hours plus on 40 something tapes, etc. Here is the dictionary definition of the word "tome".
tome n. 1. One of the books in a work of several volumes. 2. A book, especially a large or scholarly one.
Sound like the description of many of the items that I have. They aren't audio books, they are audio tomes! The name kind of stuck and luckily for me audiotome.com was indeed available and I paid my $9.95 to get the ball rolling. Eventually, a customer pointed out something that I missed (I'm really bad at Scrabble). The words also spell out Audio To Me. Nifty, huh?