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Old 08-27-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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There are two types of subscription plans for audiobooks -- Membership Plans where you own the audiobooks and Rental Plans where you borrow the audiobooks.

Note: even though an offer says it's for new members only and you've already had a trial offer before, try for it anyway. Many times you'll be able to get it.


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  • Price --> $2.95 ~ $9.95+ per audiobook (most audiobooks are $5.95 & $6.95 each)
  • Period --> 30 ~ 60 days (based on audiobook length)
  • Trial --> $1.99 for first rental --> details
  • Catalog --> 12,000+ audiobooks
  • Format --> Android & iOS only
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> worldwide
  • Owner --> Blackstone Audio, Inc

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Blackstone Audio is one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States, offering over 10,000 audiobooks. The company is based in Ashland, Oregon with five in-house recording studios. Blackstone distributes directly to consumers on their e-commerce site, as well as to the library market with titles from Blackstone, Hachette, HarperCollins, BBC and Disney Press.

Blackstone was founded in 1987 by Craig and Michelle Black of Oregon. In August 2012, Blackstone launched an audiobook e-commerce website, Downpour.com, providing Blackstone audio titles as well as other publisher's titles to the retail market. In January 2013 the company was acquired by AudioGO for an undisclosed sum. Ten months later, in October of that year, AudioGO sold Blackstone back to the Black family, with the UK arm of AudioGO ceasing business operations as it sought a buyer or investor.
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Audiobook Rentals -- First car rentals, then movie rentals, now digital audiobook rentals!
  • Save up to 70% off retail pricing
  • Get 30-60 days to complete an audiobook
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  • Price --> $9.99/mo for unlimited rentals
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  • Trial --> free 30-day trial
  • Catalog --> 9,000+ audiobooks -- 1,000,000+ ebooks
  • Format --> Android, Fire, iOS, Win Phn
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, US
  • Owner --> Amazon.com, Inc

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Amazon.com, Inc, often referred to as simply Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States and world by total sales and market capitalization Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, later diversifying to sell DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video downloads/streaming, MP3 downloads/streaming, audiobook downloads/streaming, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys and jewelry. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably, Amazon Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Fire TV —and is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS). Amazon also sells certain low-end products like USB cables under its in-house brand AmazonBasics.
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Unlimited Listening -- Thousands of Kindle books come with the free professionally narrated Audible audiobook. With Whispersync for Voice, whenever you see "Kindle Unlimited with Narration," you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening without ever losing your place. Just pop in your headphones, tap the play button, and keep the story going...in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen, wherever your day takes you.

Unlimited Reading -- Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore. Try new genres, discover new authors, and dive into new adventures with unlimited access to our wide and varied selection of books. From rhetoric to romance, or comedy to tragedy, you will find unlimited stories waiting to be discovered. Relive the classics you grew up with, start on that best seller you’ve been wanting to read or try one of the hundreds of thousands of books you won’t find anywhere. Find your next great read today.

Any Device -- You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle Unlimited. With our free Kindle reading apps, you can read on any device with the Kindle app installed. And of course, you can always read on your Kindle. With Kindle Unlimited, you can take every word, every sentence, every story, everywhere you go.

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  • Price --> unlimited checkouts: free w/ resident library card -or- paid w/ non-resident card
  • Period --> 7 / 14 / 21 days -- checkout limits apply
  • Trial --> no trial period
  • Catalog --> ≤ 25,000+ audiobooks -- ≤ 110,000+ ebooks
  • Format --> DRM Free MP3 -- device compatibility
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> 40+ countries -- find a library
  • Owner --> Rakuten, Inc

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OverDrive, Inc is an American digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles. The company provides secure management, digital rights management and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers. OverDrive's catalog includes more than 2 million digital titles from more than 5,000 publishers. The company's global network includes more than 27,000 libraries and schools. OverDrive was founded in 1986 and is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

OverDrive was founded in 1986 and initially converted analog media to digital formats such as interactive diskettes and CD-ROMs. As the Internet became a reliable form of digital media distribution, OverDrive moved its services online. In 2000, the company opened Content Reserve, an online ebook and downloadable audiobook repository from which its distribution business would develop.

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In 2015, it was reported that Japan's Rakuten was planning to buy out OverDrive for $410 million, with the deal set to close in April. OverDrive CEO Steve Potash will remain in his current position and OverDrive will keep its name while operating under Rakuten USA.
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Millions of Titles -- OverDrive libraries add to their collections from a catalog of over 2 million eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Start exploring to see what's out there.

Thousands of Libraries -- With more than 30,000 libraries in 40+ countries, chances are there's a library near you.

One Great App -- The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone.
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  • Price 1 --> $8.99/mo for 1 premium audiobook & a small selection of non-premium audiobooks
  • Price 2 --> $8.99 for each additional premium audiobook (most of the catalog)
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  • Trial --> free 14-day trial
  • Catalog --> 45,000+ audiobooks -- 1,000,000+ ebooks
  • Format --> Android, Fire, iOS
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
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  • Owner --> Scribd

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Scribd /ˈskrɪbd/ is a digital library and e-book, audiobook and comic book subscription service that includes one million titles. In addition, Scribd hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform.

Founded in 2007 by Trip Adler, Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company is backed by Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures. Scribd's e-book subscription service is available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire, Nook, and personal computers. Subscribers can access unlimited books from 1,000 publishers, including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Workman, Lonely Planet, Perseus Book Group and Wiley.

Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription service in November 2014 and comic books in February 2015. Scribd has 80 million users, and has been referred to as "the Netflix for books."
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Why are some audiobooks going to require credits? -- posted 12 Aug 2015

Over the past two years, Scribd's digital library has grown from 100,000 titles to more than one million in a variety of formats like ebooks, audiobooks, and comic books. We’re extremely proud of the service we’ve built, and we’re constantly working to expand the selection across all the genres and formats to give each Scribd reader the broadest possible list of books to enjoy for $8.99 per month. Our goal is to bring great content to every book lover around the world for a low monthly price.

We are going to be transitioning to a credit based system for audiobooks soon. Not all audiobooks, mind you—you'll still have unlimited access to thousands of great audiobooks! However, for all other audiobooks on Scribd, you'll need to use a credit to access them in full. We truly value you as a reader and listener, so before the transition is complete there will be a 30-day grace period during which you can continue enjoying unlimited access to all audiobook titles on Scribd. This transition will be complete on September 20th.

After the grace period, you'll automatically receive 1 audiobook credit per month at the start of your billing cycle. If you use your free monthly credit and see a different book you want to jump into right away, don't worry—you'll be able to buy additional credits for $8.99 each, to enjoy it too! The next version of our app (version 3.13) will be required to keep listening to Scribd Audiobooks, so be sure to stay tuned and grab that update!

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  • Trial --> free 5-day trial
  • Catalog --> "thousands of audiobooks"
  • Format --> Android & iOS only
  • Offline --> offline listening NOT allowed
  • Availability --> worldwide
  • Owner --> Skybrite LLC

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Skybrite is a new streaming subscription service that gives users instant and unlimited access to a vast library of premium audio entertainment and E-learning content. By using its user-friendly interface, listeners can instantly stream every title in the Skybrite library through their mobile devices (iOS and Android) for a small monthly fee, anywhere in the world.

Listeners can sign up for a free trial subscription, which gives them unlimited access to Skybrite’s content for a limited time. When the free trial is over, a monthly premium subscription can be had for $9.99 a month. Subscribers will be billed once a month from the day the subscription was started. There are no additional fees or hidden costs.

Currently, Skybrite’s service is available for the iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones. Future plans include versions for desktop, wearables, connected cars, dedicated streaming media hardware, and public transportation implementations.

Skybrite was founded in early 2013. More than 18 months were spent developing its technology platform as well signing multi-year licensing agreements from than 500 content publishers. The public beta version of the platform was released in the third quarter of 2014.

Skybrite is a joint venture between two existing companies: DailyMedia, Inc. and Big Vision Business, Inc.
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Listen to Everything Your Heart Desires -- Skybrite is a new service that let's you enjoy instant and unlimited streaming access to thousands of best selling audio programs.

100% Mobile Friendly -- Listen on any iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Unlimited Streaming -- All you can enjoy at the push of a button.

No Obligation -- There is no obligation and you can cancel anytime.

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  • Price --> $7.99/mo for unlimited rentals
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  • Trial --> free 7-day trial
  • Catalog --> 40,000+ audiobooks
  • Format --> Android, iOS, website
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> US, UK, Canada
  • Owner --> TuneIn, Inc

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TuneIn is a privately held company based in San Francisco, California founded by Bill Moore as RadioTime in Dallas, Texas in 2002. TuneIn has over 100,000 real (broadcast) radio stations and four million on-demand programs and podcasts from around the world. In May 2014, TuneIn announced that its service had over 50 million monthly active users. TuneIn is available for the web at TuneIn.com, for a suite of mobile apps: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Samsung, Windows Phone, and on over 200 connected devices.

TuneIn's website and free mobile apps offer users the ability to listen to streaming audio of over 100,000 radio networks and radio stations worldwide, including AM, FM, HD, LP, digital and internet stations. Additionally, over four million podcasts are available for streaming on TuneIn. TuneIn's directory carries a very comprehensive list of sports, news, talk, and music from around the world.

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Sports -- Get live play-by-play from every MLB (Major League Baseball) and Barclays Premier League game, all season long. Follow your favorite team around the clock with team-specific stations featuring live coaches' shows, analysis, and replays of historic games.

Radio-- Never hear a commercial again with exclusive access to over 600 commercial-free music stations. We replace all commercials with custom music selections and programming specifically tailored to your interests.

other -- 100,000 Radio Stations / 5.7 Million Podcasts / Language Learning

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  • Price --> limited checkouts: free w/ resident library card -or- paid w/ non-resident card
  • Period --> 21 days -- checkout limits apply
  • Trial --> no trial period
  • Catalog --> xx audiobooks -- xx ebooks
  • Format --> Android, Fire, iOS, Mac, PC
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed (mobile devices only)
  • Availability --> US, Canada
  • Owner --> Midwest Tape LLC

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Hoopla, stylized as hoopla, is a North American on-demand Internet streaming media service of the Holland, Ohio-based company Midwest Tape.

Subscriptions through public libraries enable patrons to "borrow" (in other words, have temporary access to) audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and television shows online. The library pays a fee but library patrons get the service at no extra charge. Hoopla offers associated apps for Android and iOS devices.

Hoopla's parent company, Midwest Tape LLC, is a library vendor of audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other media co-founded by Jeff Jankowski. Midwest Tape began business in 1989; its president as of 2012 is John Eldred.
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Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you've been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!

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  • Price --> $9.99/mo for unlimited listening
  • Period --> no borrowing limits
  • Trial --> free 30-day trial
  • Catalog --> xxx titles
  • Format --> Android, iOS, website
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> Americas, Western Europe, Oceania
  • Owner --> Spotify Ltd

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Spotify operates under a freemium business model, with two music streaming tiers: Spotify Free and Spotify Premium. Benefits of the Premium subscription include the removal of advertisements, improved audio quality, and optional downloading of music to devices for offline listening.

Spotify was launched in September 2008 by Swedish startup Spotify AB. As of June 2015 Spotify had more than 75 million active users. The number of paid subscribers reached 30 million in March 2016. Spotify Ltd. operates as the parent company, headquartered in London, while Spotify AB handles research and development in Stockholm.
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  • Period --> no borrowing limits
  • Trial --> free 30-day trial
  • Catalog --> xxx titles
  • Format --> Android, iOS, website
  • Offline --> offline listening allowed
  • Availability --> Americas, Western Europe, Oceania
  • Owner --> Spotify Ltd
Is audio books a new feature from Spotify? I can find nothing about audiobooks on their web site.
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Is audio books a new feature from Spotify? I can find nothing about audiobooks on their web site.
Open the app --> Browse --> Genres & Moods --> Word

I have no idea how long they've offered this and I don't know if these "books" are available for the free version or not. I currently have a free premium 3-month trial that won't end until 03 Aug.

I certainly wouldn't pay just to get access to this limited audio collection. It's not worth paying for.

For the most part, these "books" appear to be abridged public domain works. Some are dramatized, complete with sound effects. Great for commutes, short trips, kids, etc. So far, I haven't encountered any LibriVox recordings.

They're organized in 74 playlists by various categories: author, genre, type, etc:

Sample Categories
  • Shakespeare
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Scary Stories
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Learn Languages
  • Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Radio Dramas
  • Radio Crime Dramas
  • Poetry & Music
  • French Literature

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I certainly wouldn't pay just to get access to this limited audio collection. It's not worth paying for.
I was just going to state that same opinion. The selection is pathetic.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:32 AM   #13
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I was just going to state that same opinion. The selection is pathetic.
Yep; but if you already have Spotify for the music, this is a bonus feature for short listens.
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Yep; but if you already have Spotify for the music, this is a bonus feature for short listens.
True, I have the free version.
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True, I have the free version.
Do you have access to these "books"? If so, does it playback in order (by chapter) or randomly like it does with music?
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