Another audio book company that some may know of is called Audiobook.com. Although they don’t have a native application yet for Android or any other OS, they do have mobile sites set up that run on our devices. Now they are looking into a more economical way to provide users with the audio books they crave. The company is exploring the options of a monthly subscription fee. Going at a similar principle as Netflix or Spotify, allowing the user to listen to as many books as they want in a given month. The current monthly rate they are shooting for is $25. For the average user who only gets through one book a month, this option wouldn’t be for you. You would need to be averaging two or more books a month for this to save you money.
On the flip side of the coin, Audible has 100,000 audio book titles available while Audiobooks has roughly 11,000. Alternatively when you buy a book from Audible, you download it and it is yours forever, while Audiobooks would just allow you to stream them at your leisure. With a smaller title base, streaming option and no native app yet, it could be a slow service to take hold. The upside though, it would allow you check out any book and if you don’t like then you can move on without owning it for life.
What do you guys think? Is Audiobook onto something? I am skeptical, with data caps by carriers and loss of service in many places that I would use an audio book, I think it would keep me from enjoying the service. If you want to give them a try anyways, they are currently offering a 7 day free trial. Let us know what you think.