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What is a WELL READ audio book?

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ESL Publishing’s WELL READ audio books are read at a pace that is much- about 33%- slower than other normal audio books.The slower pace makes it easier to understand and hear each word pronounced clearly. Every WELL READ audio book comes with a free downloadable eBook with fully annotated footnotes. When used together, the WELL READ audio book package is the perfect “all-inclusive” self- study tool for learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language.

What does “Fully Annotated Footnotes” mean?

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All of our WELL READ audio books are the original works of well-known authors. Some of the stories are quite old; therefore, the language, expressions and vocabulary words are sometimes difficult for persons learning English. We have highlighted those challenging words and phrases and explained them in “footnotes” in simple, easy to understand English. There is no need to use a dictionary!! It’s all there for you!
Currently, we offer Fully Annotated Footnotes with Japanese Explanations as an option for our Japanese customers. In the future, we will be offering this option for our Korean, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin-Chinese and Cantonese-Chinese speaking markets.
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What is a Commuter Series WELL READ audio book?

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Commuter Series stories are a collection of fairy tales and short stories selected specifically for those people who only have a few minutes each day to listen to the WELL READ audio book package. They vary in length from 5 to 20 minutes and are perfect for people who commute by train or bus to work or school. Simply download your WELL READ audio book to your handheld mobile device and go!

What is a Short Fiction WELL READ audio book?

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The Short Fiction series is a selection of well-known medium length short stories or novellas. These stories vary in length from 20 minutes to an hour and come on multiple tracks. We recommend the Short Fiction WELL READ audio book series to persons who have a little more time during the day to sit down and concentrate on their English studies or for those who want to spend their lunch hour listening to English.

What is a Novels WELL READ audio book?

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Novels are the full length, original versions of some of the most loved stories of our time. These vary in length from 4 hours up to 7 hours for the titles we currently have available. Keep in mind that our WELL READ audio books are read slowly and this means they are longer in length than other audio books. Each chapter is a separate mp3 file so when you download a book from the Novels series, you will have to download multiple zip files to access the entire book. We recommend the Novels series to persons who really want to take their time to read and study a book. Children also love listening to a chapter a night before bedtime!

Can I buy just the eBook?

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Of course! If you prefer not to purchase the Well Read audio book package, all of our titles are available to purchase individually in the eBook store. You still get the same “fully annotated footnotes’ advantage- each book comes with explanations of difficult words, phrases or expressions.

How soon can I download my WELL READ audio book and eBook?

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You can download the book immediately after your purchase. There are two ways in which you can download your WELL READ audio book and eBook:
1) You will receive an email with the links to download your purchase. Simply click on these links and your purchase will be downloaded directly to your device.
2) You can download your purchase directly from the ESL Publishing website. Go to MY ACCOUNTS and click on YOUR DOWNLOADS. All your downloadable files will be available in every available format. Select the formats you wish to download

How do I listen to the audio file once I have downloaded it?

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All of our WELL READ audio books are in MP3 format and can therefore be played on almost any player. MP3 files are also perfect for burning CDs.
There are two types of audio files available to download:
  • TheAudio Book.mp3 file can be played on any player, including iPods, MP3 players, iPhones or your laptop. You can burn a CD and play the WELL READ audio book in your car or portable DVD player for those long road trips!
  • The Audio Book- with subtitles.mp3 file can be played on your iPhone or iPod device, including iPod Classic. These files are embedded with “text” that can be accessed through the “Lyrics” function on you iTunes.

What do you mean by “Embedded with Text”?

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No matter what WELL READ audio book you select, the full story has been coded into the MP3 file directly. This means that you can listen to the audio book file and scroll up and down on your iPhone or iPod screen and read the story as it is being played. See image below:

How long do they take to download?

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This depends on which WELL READ audio book series you select and your Internet connection speed. We have conducted numerous tests on a home broadband connection and have found the following:
      • Commuter Series audio book files are small and would therefore only take a few seconds to download. The eBook also only takes a few seconds.
      • Short Fiction audio books may take up to a minute or two to download the file. The eBook takes a few seconds to download.
      • Novels audio books can take up to 5 minutes with the titles we currently have available. These books come in several zip files so be sure to download all the files to ensure you get the whole book.

How can I read my eBook once I have downloaded it?

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All of our WELL READ eBooks are available in two different formats.
eBook for Mac and PC.pdf files can be read on almost any PC, Mac or mobile device.
for iBooks and ePub readers.epub files can be read on any iBook device, such as an iPhone or iPad and most ePub readers.

Why do you only sell downloads?

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All of our WELL READ audio books are the original, unabridged versions of the story and each story is read word-for-word at a slower pace than other audio books. This means that some of the stories are long- very long- and it would not be very practical to record them on to CD. By downloading your WELL READ audio book, you can have your favourite stories at your fingertips almost instantly- without delivery and postage costs.

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