Audiobooks.com has just launched a pretty amazing service that puts Amazon’s Audible.com on the defensive. For a flat monthly fee of $24.95, you can stream as many audiobooks as you want. That’s right–unlimited audiobooks for $25 a month!
The catch? You can’t download the ebooks; it’s streaming-only. This means that you need to have a wi-fi connection (like a computer) or a device with 3G connectivity (like a smartphone) to listen to the books from Audiobooks.com. But if you’ve got a phone with unlimited data or if you’re just at home a lot on your laptop, this is pretty amazing.
I want this. I like Amazon’s Audible.com audiobook service, but find it’s just too expensive. I go in spurts where I’m an Audible member for a couple months, and then I get tired of paying for it so I cancel my membership. I also don’t really like its credit system very much. (You pay a certain amount each month and get a certain amount of credits in return. You then buy audiobooks with the credits.) I do love audiobooks, though. I’m currently listening to The DaVinci Code. Last year I listened to all 3 books in the the Hunger Games trilogy, plus Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. I’m still working up the courage to start listening to War and Peace, though. It’s waiting for me on my iPod.
What Amazon needs is to include some free audiobooks in with its Kindle Prime package. I’d rather get one free audiobook a month than pay $25 a month for unlimited audiobooks.
The ball’s in your court, Amazon.