Which audiobooks sites do you cover?

We cover the complete range of audiobooks from Audible, Amazon, Borders and Barnes & Noble. Cataloging availability, prices and formats from all 4 vendors.

Which audiobooks plan is best for me?

As with most things the answer is it depends. For most people, they are either interested in a downloadable version or a CD version of audiobook. If you're into downloable books, the best service by far is Audible. Audible has a wide range of books carrying a catalog of over 85,000 books and audio entertainment. You can buy just one book or sign up for the monthly plan, which is what I personnaly use. I know it's a great service. The fact is that the average reader only gets through 5 books a year, but Audible members list to 16 books a year. That's because as a member you can take your reading to go and listen on demand, with more time to enjoy the books you love.

If you want to buy a CD version, then it comes down to price, service and personal preferences. Having looked at lots of pricing data, Amazon is usually the lowest price around, but not always so it's worth finding th audiobook you want and comparing. Barnes & Noble ususally has the next best prices followed by Borders. As for service, I've had great experience with all the companies, so it's not clear that service is a deciding factor. The other pricing factors include shipping and taxes. Again, Amazon usually has the lowest cost for shipping and taxes.

How does the audiobook download service work?

Audible's monthly audiobook program is by far the lowest cost way to get audiobooks you want. The service starts at $7.95 per month for the first 3 months, then rises to $14.95 per month.

Every month you get a credit which you can use to purchase almost any of the books they offer. A small number of books take 2 credits. Audiobooks purchased with credits are up to 75% off retail audiobook CD prices, and you'll receive an extra 30% off your additional purchases even after you've used your credits.

With this program, you decide which books you want to get. You can also cancel at any time with no penalties.

Plan TypePlan PriceNumber of Credits
Gold Monthly$7.49/Month - 1st 3th months
$14.95 thereafter
1 credit per month
Gold Annual$149/year12 credit at once
Platnum Monthly$22.95/month2 credits per month
Platnum Annual$229.50/month24 credits at once
Credit *A very small number of titles are more than one credit.

How do I know if the downloadable books will play on my device?

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