As I mentioned in my previous post, this site deals a lot with shopping. Along those lines, I’d like to talk a bit today about shopping for audio books.
You may have seen some of the commercials for audible recently, such as the one below.
So what exactly is Audible? It is the world’s largest audio book program that allows you to download audio books and listen to them on a variety of devices, such as a smart phone, mp3 player, computer, tablet, and a few other devices. Think of it as the Amazon of audio books. In fact, the company is a subsidiary of Amazon, so you can rest assured that Audible is run by a professional company that will be around for a long time.
Here are a few other facts about Audible you may be interested in:
- They have over 100,000 audio books you can purchase.
- As a member, you can download books at a discount.
- Membership includes 1 free audio book a month.
- The monthly membership fee is $14.95.
- There is a free trial that lasts for 2 weeks.
So is the membership worth the price? If you listen to a lot of audio books (1 or more per month), then the answer is quite obvious. Being a member can save you a lot of money in the long run.
But what if you only download an audio book occasionally? For those people, the answer can be a bit more complex. The key thing to remember is that you get a free book for joining, and another free book for each month that you’re a member. After you get your initial free book, the price for the 1st book you purchase each month is therefore $14.95.
Without a membership, you can expect to pay $20 to $30 for popular titles. With the membership, the price is almost half of that. So in my opinion, it is better to join and get your free book for a month, then cancel instead of paying the full, non-membership price. You can cancel Audible at any time and there is no long-term commitment, so you should not hesitate to join even if it’s for a short period.
First-time members can also get a free trial, which includes a free audio book. This trial typically lasts for 14 days, however, we have a link to an Audible free trial offer that lasts 30 days, which you can get from the site, Free Trial Spot.
In terms of selection, you will find that most popular books and bestsellers are available as audio books. For less popular books, it’s more of a crap shoot. I suggest you go to their site and type in a few titles that are representative of the books you like to read, to see if they are available in audio format.
But Audible isn’t the only web service for which you can get a free trial. I’d like to spend a few minutes also talking about Gamefly, which is another one of my favorite services that were made possible by the Internet.
As you might have guessed, Gamefly is a business that is involved with video games. It is a web service where, after you sign up, you are able to rent an unlimited number of games from the Gamefly library (which currently boasts 8000 titles). When you borrow a title, it is sent to you through the mail. To find out exactly how the program works, visit the Gamefly website, and take advantage of the free trial offer available from gamefly.
The best part about Gamefly is that there are no due dates on the games you borrow. This means that, as long as you are a subscriber, you can keep the games you borrow for as long as you like. You do need to return them, however, before you receive any of the other titles on a list (called a queue) that you maintain online.