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. Audible has more than 85,000 audiobooks from more than 1000 different content providers. 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. Just to add up, the CD audiobook rental club of Simply Audiobooks works the same with Netflix. The CD rental program provides program such as free shipping both ways and unlimited rentals. 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 process is quite the same with Sam’s Club or Costco where the purchaser can avail discount upon paying an up-front fee, may it be monthly or yearly. The service costs a base price of $11.95 per month, then users can purchase audiobooks credits for $9.95 each. 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. 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.