Case Study: My Experience With Audiobooks

How to Avail Discounts in Purchasing Audiobooks.

You can purchase audiobooks in a number of different ways, including retail websites which 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. With more than 1, 000 different content providers, Audible can produce more than 85,000 audiobooks. Classic titles, new releases and best sellers are some of the wide variety of content that the Audible releases. 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.

Simply audiobooks has a smaller library compared to Amazon however, it’s digital audiobook subscription service has a similar price. Netflix has its own CD audiobook rental club, and Simply Audiobooks has also the same that works similar to it. Free shipping both ways and unlimited rentals are the program provided by the CD rental program. The basic plan which allows users to have one audiobook title at home at a time starts at $17.98 per month, with discounts for prepaying for a year at a time. 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. If you choose to prepay annually, then you can avail discounts from Simply Audiobooks.

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. After the user has paid $11.95 monthly, he can already purchase an audiobook credits for $9.95 each. This service works well for people who want to listen to a large number of audiobooks each month.

Aside from the 23,000 titles that Audiotogo has in its library, it also has a tape and CD subscription service. Users can have multiple audiobooks at home depending on the service level because of the free shipping both ways.

There are a large number of audiobook services available. Audible.com is certainly the largest one, but others exist too and may be a better deal depending upon your listening habits.