Audio Books Online | Where to Buy and Download Digital Audiobooks

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Buying Digital Books

Audible launched its website and creative membership programs in 2005; it now a subsidiary of Amazon.com which is a Fortune 500 e-commerce company and a leading pioneer book-seller on the Internet. They began by selling books and still do, but now also offer a huge and diverse range of products.

180,000 Titles
Amazon is still a premium books seller with a long-standing reputation for price and customer service. They offer books in all traditional forms and genes including eBooks for their popular Kindle. However, their ranges of audio books are only available as compact disks.

“amazon.com customers are in the tens of millions”

Audible.com was acquired by Amazon to broaden Amazon’s product offering to audio books. Audible is the leading digital spoken audio merchant on the Internet. You may even use your Amazon sign in information when you create your account with audible; however, they are still treated separately.

How Do I listen to the Books or Magazines etc?

You simply choose the format you would like depending on what you prefer to use for playback. You can download your digital book ready for almost any device from any manufacturer; of course, you may also “burn” the digital data to a CD or simply listen to it on your personal PC or laptop, or your home digital network.

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Its fun to browse and read reviews listen to the audio samples, once you have chosen your book it’s very easy to download into your iTunes library and onto your audio player of choice. A few clicks here and there and your ready to listen.

Your personal library always remains online, even if you cancel; your books can be re-downloaded again anytime.

What Kind of Books Can I listen too?

You can choose from a variety of digital renditions including;
– Magazines
– Newspapers
– TV and Radio Subscriptions
– Other original works of audio content for general business and information providers.

Audible Magazines

Without a doubt, the library is one of the most extensive available with 85000 audio programs from over 600 content providers!

What is the Difference between Audio Books?

There are two types of audio book formats abridged-vs-unabridged Unabridged are the original books narrated word for word with no departure from the original text.

Abridged is a shortened version of the complete and original text. The intent is to cut the listening time by changing or omitting text without affecting the original story line as much as possible.

How Do I listen to the Books or Magazines etc?

You simply choose the format you would like depending on what you prefer to use for playback. You can download your digital book ready for almost any device from any manufacturer; of course, you may also “burn” the digital data to a CD or simply listen to it on your personal PC or laptop, or your home digital network.

Supported Devices

Apple
Blackberry
Cowon
Creative
iRiver
Garmin
Memorex
Motorola
Olympus
Philips
Pioneer
RCA
SanDisk
Sonos
TomTom
Zune

I Don’t Want the Aggravation of Finding and Setting Up Loads of Software!

Audible provides all the software and information you need to make it easy to download and transfer directly into your iTunes library and then to you’re listening device. Audible is the main provider of digital audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Pricing and Subscription Plans

The first thing to be said is there are no contractual obligations when you become an Audible member, even when you sign up for a membership plan you can opt out at any time.

The plans are designed to suit various user requirements from occasional too heavy. The plans work like this; when you subscribe to a plan, you effectively buy credits (think of credits as your audible currency) which can then be used to buy titles, it might seem a little confusing at first glance, but it really is very simple.

With very few exceptions, 1 Audible credit = 1 digital audio book purchase.
Audiobook Credit

What Happens After I run Out of Credits?

As a member, when you buy using the credit system, you will save up 75% off the retail price of any given CD version of an audio book, plus a further 30% off any more purchases, this applies even after you have used all of your available credits!

How Do I Know I Am Getting My Members Discount?

When you browse the catalogue, you will see the retail price shown next to the amount of credits needed to buy that title. (Only on very few occasions will a title exceed one credit.

How Do the Subscription Plans Work?

Audible Listener Gold Membership Plan: 1 Credit (1 audio book) your first 3 months are only $7.49 a month and then only $14.95 a month then, 12 credits $149.50 per year.

What is Included in the Plan?

30% off any audio book purchased without a credit free daily subscription to The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal Member-exclusive sales and promotions.

OK, What About Afterwards? How Do I Stop My Subscription?

Even if you continue your subscription you can still cancel any time.

Are There any Negatives?

Not available on CD. Not really a problem for most people, but it may be for some.
No club rental plans

What I Really Like!

Each title has a publisher’s summary which gives insight about the book, you also able to view comments by others who have bought the book. Together with an average and personal rating (just like at amazon.com) you will get a very good idea if this title is for you.

There is an audio sampling of the narration which is important as it is the reader’s voice and style which will make or break a recorded book. Some readers are fabulous; others may grate on your nerves. Be aware that if you really are keen on the title but don’t like the narration, sometimes the same book may be available with an alternative narrator.

Audio Book Best Sellers

Economical

The subscription won’t break your budget; typically a downloadable narrated book is a very economical way of buying books.

Great Support; I have only ever had a few queries over the years, but on each occasion, I have always received a courteous and comprehensive response in less than 24 hours.

Its fun to browse and read reviews listen to the audio samples, once you have chosen your book it’s very easy to download into your iTunes library and onto your audio player of choice. A few clicks here and there and your ready to listen.

Your personal library always remains online, even if you cancel; your books can be re-downloaded again anytime.

What others are saying about Audible

Buying Audio Book Testimonials

How Do I Get Started?

Audible Gold [Digital Membership]

  • Includes one free audiobook of your choice per month.
  • Choose from 180,000+ best sellers, new releases sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more.
  • Get 1 book each month, $14.95/month
  • Cancel easily anytime. Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel.
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