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.
Audible.com which is a subsidiary of Amazon, is the largest provider out of the digital subscription services. Audible has more than 85,000 audiobooks from more than 1000 different content providers. Classic titles, new releases and best sellers are some of the wide variety of content that the Audible releases. Audible titles can be played on more than 500 devices including iPods, iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, Amazon Kindles, PCs, Macs, Zunes and more than 500 other devices. 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. Free shipping both ways and unlimited rentals are the program provided by the CD rental program. 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. About 6,000 titles available in the digital subscription service of a Simply Audiobooks. Owners pay $14.95 monthly, $24.95 monthly or $31.95 monthly if the owner wants to receive at least one, two or three audiobook credits per month. Simply Audiobooks also offers discounts for prepaying for one year of service.
However, eMusic can also offer digital audiobook downloads. 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. Because of the free shipping both ways, users can now have a multiple audiobooks at home, however, it still depends on the service level.
The available services that audiobook is offering is large enough to cater a lot of purchaser. You have to take note of your listening habits, because even though Audible.com has the largest audiobook offer, others may come better depending on your listening habits.