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Question of the Day:

If people who read books on paper are called bookworms, then are people who
listen to cassette books called tapeworms?


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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).


Care and Feeding of Audio Tapes

A well cared for set of tapes will last a surprising number of years. I have a nice set in my personal collection copyright 1968. The case certainly looks the 35 years it is but the tapes were well taken care of and play as if they are new. Looks can be deceiving.

The tapes can be very temperamental and prone to damage if they are abused. Here is a short list of solutions to common problems. One of the best things to do is to remember to remove the tape from the player when you arrive at your destination-especially in the July heat! Avoid leaving the tapes in the car. Cold and moisture can be just as bad-if possible, simply avoid temperature extremes.

1. Garbled Sound 1. The tape has twisted. 1. Manually wind tape to loop and pull it out.
2. Screeching Sound 2. The tape's chemical binder has broken from exposure to heat. 2. Try to find a replacement.
3. Undulating Sound 3. The tape's pressure pad is missing. 3. Manually wind tape to loop and pull it out.
4. Narration Drags 4. The tape is ridged from heat exposure. 4. Give tape a brisk slap against a hard surface.
5. The Tape Spews Out of Casing 5. Tape player is dirty. 5. Clean tape player.
6. Cassette Will Not Eject 6. Tape has wrapped around capstan. 6. Uh oh-big trouble. Try to remove cassette and find a replacement.
7. Tape Will Not Play 7a. The tape's casing is ridged from heat. 7a. Briskly slap tape against a hard surface.
7b. The tape has looped back on itself. 7b. Manually wind tape to loop and pull it out.
7c. Tape has a crinkle. 7c. Find Replacement.

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