An audiobook (or talking book) is a recording of a text being read. A reading of the complete text is referred to as "unabridged" and a reading of an edited or reduced version is referred to as "abridged".
"Talking book" came into use for recordings intended for blind readers. "Audiobook" came into use during the 1970s when audiocassettes began to replace vinyl records.
The beginning of the current market for audiobooks can be traced to the adoption of cassette tapes during the 1970s followed by the transition from cassette to CD and then to digital download.
Digital audiobooks allow listeners freedom from physical media such as cassettes and CDs, allowing download access from online libraries of unlimited size, and portability using comparatively small and lightweight playing devices.
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