Audio Books Online | Where to Buy Audio Books

[no_toc]Ibegan my research about audio books way back in 2006, that was before I started this website, I was very interested in the subject and one of the first questions in my mind was, where do I buy audio books from? Who is the best? There were a few sites around that offered various ways to obtain downloadable books, renting a CD was one which I considered.

It was the convenience of downloading that appealed to me the most, Be aware that the internet was a different place back then, general download speeds were comparatively slow, video almost non-existent.

However, the same questions I asked myself then, still, for the most part, hold true today. I did join audible.com back then and still am a member, I put the account to sleep sometimes because of time constraints, but I still love audio books.

If you want to but audiobooks, then the following is the important considerations you need to consider. The following is in a Q and A format and pre-empts any questions you might have.

When buying audio books online, you want to deal with a trusted company, it must offer a support system that is complete with fast response times. You need to know your privacy details (credit card and email details) are secure.

Audio Books Audible

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 bookseller on the Internet. They began by selling books and still do, but now also offer a huge and diverse range of products.

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 genres including eBooks for their popular Kindle. However, their ranges of audio books are only available as compact disks.

Amazon.com

“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 can 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.

I think it’s enjoyable to browse the bestsellers 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 you’re ready to listen. Your personal library is always available 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.

Without a doubt, the library is one of the most extensive available with 185000 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 to your iTunes library and then to your 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 gold 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.

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% of any audiobook 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 anytime.

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.

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.

It’s 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 you’re ready to listen.

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

Pete Markovic - Publisher

Peter Markovic