Audiobooks – Getting Started & Next Steps

Know More about Audiobooks.

You can buy and have your own audiobook anytime you want, you may even buy it online since some websites sell digital and CD audiobooks and audiobook subscription services. Subscription services, such as Audible.com and Simply Audiobooks, allow users to listen to audiobooks at a lower per-title cost then purchasing titles individually, but also lock users into purchasing a title each month.

Out of the digital subscription services, Audible.com, a subsidiary of Amazon, is the largest provider. Audible has more than 85,000 audiobooks from more than 1000 different content providers. Audible carries a wide variety of content, including best sellers, new releases and classic titles. More than 500 devices such as iPods, iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, Amazon kindles, PCs, Macs and Zunes can play Audible titles. Audible has two subscription plans, one for $14.95 per month and one for $22.95 per month.

Although the Audiobooks’ digital audiobook subscription service has a similar price to that of Amazon, it’s library is still considered to be smaller. In addition, Simply Audiobooks has a CD audiobook rental club that works similar to Netflix. The CD rental program provides program such as free shipping both ways and unlimited rentals. A user will have to pay $17.98 per month, with discounts for prepaying for a year at a time is a plan which allows users to have one audiobook title at home. Simply Audiobooks has approximately 6,000 titles available in its digital subscription service. Users can opt to pay $14.95 per month, $24.95 per month or $31.95 per month to receive one, two or three audiobook credits per month. Simply Audiobooks also offers discounts for prepaying for one year of service.

Digital audiobook downloads can also be offered by eMusic. This has similar service to Costco or Sam’s Club wherein users pay up-front fee monthly or yearly, then the one who purchased a digital audiobook can avail discount. The user can immediately purchase an audiobook credits for $9.95 each upon paying the base price of the service which costs $11.95 per month. If you are one of those people who wants to listen to a large number of audiobooks per month, then this service is perfect for you.

Aside from the 23,000 titles that Audiotogo has in its library, it also has a tape and CD subscription service. The service offers free shipping both ways and users can have multiple audiobooks at home depending upon their service level.

There are a large number of audiobook services available. Your listening habits affect your decision in choosing an audiobook service even if Audible.com is the largest service, you still have to consider your listening habits.