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Now Out of Business

Unfortunately as of the beginning of 2004 The Reader's Chair has gone out of business. The website is no more and tapes & CDs are no longer available.
The free download of Borders of Infinity is still available however, from the Bujold Audio Book Archive.

Audiobooks in MP3-CD Format

Hollister, CA - April 17, 2001 - The Reader's Chair today announced that it is issuing its entire audiobook catalog in the convenient, high quality, economical MP3-CD format. The Reader's Chair will also continue to provide cassette versions and replacement cassettes for its productions.

"The new format enables the company to fit up to 12 hours on 1 CD, so audio books on MP3-CD's cost much less to duplicate and package than cassette editions; consequently, we are able to offer them at very reasonable prices. In this format, listeners can now own these stellar performances for about the same price as the hardcover," according to company owner Delia White.

"There are many inviting features MP3's provide," says White. "MP3 audio has a wider frequency range than cassettes do - and there's no tape hiss. So audio books on MP3 CD's just sound better. Bookmarking is easy, as each audio book is divided into scenes - the way the author intended. Users can navigate through their audio books instantly with just a click of a mouse or press of a button."

White also notes that free MP3 playback software is available for every kind of computer, so that if you have a CD drive in your computer, you can play an MP3-CD. And many new CD players - portable, home & car - are capable of playing MP3-CD's. The company features links to purchase the various types of players and adapters on its website.

Our first title will be BORDERS OF INFINITY - I'm transmitting the cover art to our printer as I write. Our introductory price is just $19.95 - a 20% savings from the suggested retail price of $24.95! Worldwide shipping costs just $5.00.

Subsequent titles will be released according to demand. Looks like the next one to be converted will be SHARDS OF HONOR, which will cost $24.95. Prices of these MP3-CD's will vary from $19.95 - $29.95, according to the length of the production.

We're very excited to be able to make these productions better sounding and more affordable. I'm the lucky one who gets to proof the master recordings and I have to tell you I am really enjoying the convenience & flexibility the MP3-CD format allows. They're wonderful to listen to while surfing the 'net!

For more information, or to place an advance order, go to
Please write to if you have any questions.
Download our FREE mp3 novella at: The Bujold Audio Books Archive. (Note not all recordings have been converted to MP3 format).

Free Downloads

In December 2000 made "Borders of Infinity" the featured download on their home page: This was the complete text of the story in six parts. have now stopped providing MP3 downloads of this and excerpts from all the books produced so far. They can however now be accessed from The Bujold Audio Books Archive.

Shipping Worldwide

Good news! as of 11 April 1999.
The Reader's Chair has obtained permission from Ms. Bujold to distribute our audio titles internationally. At this point, the cost of shipping is unknown so each order will be a learning experience.
Titles currently available for international delivery are:

Brothers in Arms

The Reader's Chair is pleased to announce the release of our newest audiobook from award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold:
Narrators: Michael Hanson & Carol Cowan
ISBN: 1-885585-07-1
Net Price: $54.00
Format: 9 Unabridged Cassettes
Time: 10 hours, 50 minutes
Ship Date: December 11, 2000

Subject: The daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp by the Dendarii Mercenaries made for some deadly enemies. Having finally outrun the infuriated Cetagandans, Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan) and the Dendarii arrive on Earth for battle shuttle repair and a well deserved rest.

When the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time and someone tries to kill Miles, he realizes he's in trouble again. Miles must juggle both his identities at once to unravel the complicated plot, which reveals an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

Also, the newest edition of our free audio sampler is finally available. In addition to 9 other titles, it includes short excerpts from 5 LMB titles;

If you'd like to receive one, just reply to the address below with your postal address.
The Reader's Chair editions can also be bought directly from their website. The Readers Chair

FALLING FREE Wins 2 Audio Awards!

The Reader's Chair unabridged audio production of FALLING FREE recently won 2 audio awards.

Publishers Weekly's annual 'Listen Up Awards' are announced in the first issue of each year. Audio editors choose "The best audio offerings each year based on:
- Content
- Reading quality
- Production values, and
- Their ability to draw greater attention to the audio medium."
This year, FALLING FREE received this award for being one of the best Science Fiction Audiobooks of 1996.

AudioFile, an audio review publication, bestows the 'Earphones Award' to "Truly exceptional presentations that excel in all the following criteria:
- Narrative voice & style
- Vocal characterizations
- Appropriateness for the audio format, and
- Enhancement of the text."
FALLING FREE received this award in AudioFile's 12/96 issue.

This brings total number of awards received by The Reader's Chair to 16 for its first 10 titles.

To order or for more information, contact Delia or Steve at (800) 616-1350 or e-mail to Standing orders are encouraged. We accept all major credit cards.

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