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Old 06-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #481
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I got an email from Tantor this morning, all direct downloads $4.99, today only.
I have never even heard of Tantor or direct downloads for mp3 other than Amazon's Audible. Which of course is their locked down .aax format. I just looked at MP3 CD books at Amazon and they are extremely overpriced.

Do you trust them with your cc? Are there other cheap/reasonable places for audiobooks?

I only saw several at Tantor for $4.99, the others were much higher.
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Hmm, I didn't check today, but I know I borrowed a WMA audibook in the last week or so.

I *did* read an Overdrive blog where they said they're working on a streaming version of audiobook, which I assumed to be another option for tablet owners. I really hope they're not going to cloud versions of *everything*.

EDIT TO NOTE: I mean cloud-only versions. I certainly don't mind if they roll out cloud versions as an *option* for tablet owners. But since I'm still quite happy with my little Creative Zen MP3 player, I'm hoping I can still borrow WMA and/or MP3 from the library and not *only* have the streaming option.
Fizzywater, do they still sell Creative Zen mp3 players? I am looking to replace my broken Sansa Zip Clip that plays wma. Where did you read about streaming option? I don't want to access wi-fi to listen either.
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Are there other cheap/reasonable places for audiobooks?
Look at the opening post. There are quite a few places that sell audiobooks. It's just a matter of catching the sales and free offers.

Tantor's catalog is weak compared to Audible and Download; but if you can find something you like, $4.99 is a great offer.
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Fizzywater, do they still sell Creative Zen mp3 players? I am looking to replace my broken Sansa Zip Clip that plays wma. Where did you read about streaming option? I don't want to access wi-fi to listen either.
Creative still has a storefront (at least in the US) for MP3 players. My version is a few years old now, so I can't speak for any f the ones on this site.

I subscribe to the Overdrive library blog. I had to search, but this is what I read about streaming formats.
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I have never even heard of Tantor or direct downloads for mp3 other than Amazon's Audible. Which of course is their locked down .aax format. I just looked at MP3 CD books at Amazon and they are extremely overpriced.

Do you trust them with your cc? Are there other cheap/reasonable places for audiobooks?
I've purchased CDs, MP3 CDs and direct downloads from Tantor. I had no worries about giving them my credit card.

Although much of their content does seem to be available at Audible, they also sell MP3s. Just don't click the dreaded "Also available at Audible.com" button and all will be well. The downloads that I've purchased from Tantor.com have been uninfected - ah, non-DRM'd - MP3s.

There was a probelm with disk seventeen of one of the audiobooks on CD that I purchased (Revelation Space, published by Tantor.) The CD was new and there were no visible marks on the disk, but it wouldn't play without problems. I emailed them about the issue and they sent a replacement right away. I'd swear they got it out that same day. Yup, they'll keep getting my money.

I've also used Downpour.com and recently purchased a few things from AudioGo.com ("The home of BBC audiobooks").

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Creative still has a storefront (at least in the US) for MP3 players. My version is a few years old now, so I can't speak for any f the ones on this site.

I subscribe to the Overdrive library blog. I had to search, but this is what I read about streaming formats.
Thanks FizzyWater. I was looking at the Creative Zen 100 or Style 300M, it says it supports drm9? Not sure what that is. I am looking at the Overdrive website and it is very vague on which models. They are very very few companies left making mp3 players that support wma drm.

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Look at the opening post. There are quite a few places that sell audiobooks. It's just a matter of catching the sales and free offers.

Tantor's catalog is weak compared to Audible and Download; but if you can find something you like, $4.99 is a great offer.
Thanks tubemonkey, I thought the first page would be old info. Good idea guess i will have to pay closer attention here.
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I've purchased CDs, MP3 CDs and direct downloads from Tantor. I had no worries about giving them my credit card.

Although much of their content does seem to be available at Audible, they also sell MP3s. Just don't click the dreaded "Also available at Audible.com" button and all will be well. The downloads that I've purchased from Tantor.com have been uninfected - ah, non-DRM'd - MP3s.

There was a probelm with disk seventeen of one of the audiobooks on CD that I purchased (Revelation Space, published by Tantor.) The CD was new and there were no visible marks on the disk, but it wouldn't play without problems. I emailed them about the issue and they sent a replacement right away. I'd swear they got it out that same day. Yup, they'll keep getting my money.

I've also used Downpour.com and recently purchased a few things from AudioGo.com ("The home of BBC audiobooks").

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Thanks I will start looking and shopping then, I had no idea. I would much rather have mp3
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Free from Audible: Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address) http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00DGX0S5K
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The Battle of Gettysburg - the turning point of the American Civil War - would, in the words of one staff officer, stand "like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages." In this stirring production, adapted from the New York Times’ award-winning online journal and Audible audiobook Disunion, we revisit the meaning and importance of the battle that forever changed US history. Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle which took place over several days starting July 1st, 1863, Why Gettysburg Mattered concludes with an inspiring performance of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
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Thanks tubemonkey, I thought the first page would be old info. Good idea guess i will have to pay closer attention here.
You're welcome. I keep the OP updated quite frequently to reflect current deals. I rely on input from the members here to alert me to deals I haven't seen.
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ChristianAudio just posted their free audiobook for July
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From the simple setting of his own barber shop, Jayber Crow, orphan, seminarian, and native of Port William, recalls his life and the life of his community as it spends itself in the middle of the twentieth century.

Surrounded by his friends and neighbors, he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline. And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward.

Warning, this book contains strong or potentially offensive language.
edit: also available as a free download from NoiseTrade
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Tantor's catalog is weak compared to Audible and Download; but if you can find something you like, $4.99 is a great offer.
Tantor's catalog is weak because they only sell Tantor audiobooks. According to their website, they publish about 50 new audiobooks per month.
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Tantor's catalog is weak because they only sell Tantor audiobooks. According to their website, they publish about 50 new audiobooks per month.
In much the same way as any publisher site...
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From LearnOutLoud, here's their free audiobook for the month of June. Just found it so hurry before they replace it with July's entry.
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LearnOutLoud is pleased to present Greek Gods. Here we present 14 brief audio sketches of each of the major Greek Deities; providing the listener with information on lineage, characteristics, historical significance and artistic renditions. Edited by William Smith along with a team of thirty-five classics scholars, these entries from the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology serve as one of the most comprehensive guides to classical mythology drawing from a wide array of sources in Greek and Roman literature. A great primer for the student, we hope this lays the groundwork for a firmer understanding and enjoyment of classical mythology.
Evidently, LearnOutLoud will give you this audiobook - As a Man Thinketh - when you set up an account with them. Browse their website, they have quite a few free titles; mostly non-fiction.
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