You can purchase audiobooks in a number of different ways, including retail websites which sell digital and CD audiobooks and audiobook subscription services. Some users can listen to audiobooks at a lower per-title cost rather than purchasing the titles individually, this is made possible by subscription services like Audible.com or even audiobooks itself, however, lock users purchase a title each month.
Audible.com which is a subsidiary of Amazon, is the largest provider out of the digital subscription services. With more than 1, 000 different content providers, Audible can produce more than 85,000 audiobooks. Audible carries a wide variety of content, including best sellers, new releases and classic titles. 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. You can subscribe on Audible using two plans, it can either be $14.95 per month or $22.95 per month.
Simply Audiobooks also has a digital audiobook subscription service for a similar price to Amazon, but has a smaller library. 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. Simply Audiobooks has approximately 6,000 titles available in its digital subscription service. 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.
eMusic also offers 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. This service is perfect if you are one of those purchaser who is interested to listen to a wide range of audiobooks per month.
Aside from the tape and CD subscription that the Audiotogo has, it also has approximately 23,000 titles in its library. 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.