Listening to audiobooks is sort of an acquired taste for some folks. I know it was for me, and it wasn’t until after experiencing several did I really begin to enjoy them. In fact, I listen to books way more than I read them nowadays, as I find it to be a great companion when I’m driving or in bed while getting my daily fix of Drop7. There are several ways of buying audiobooks for your iPhone (iTunes and Audible), though they can be expensive and do add up in cost. Enter Audiobooks.com, a site that offers unlimited audiobooks for $24.95/month. And with their recently released iOS app, you can stream or download unlimited books from over 10,000 of best sellers and new releases (Stephen King, Hunger Games Trilogy, Steve Jobs Autobiography…sorry, no 50 Shades of Grey). Their selection pales in comparison to Audible, but if you can find enough authors/books in their library that you like, the price of admission may be worth it. If this sounds intriguing, you can sign up for a free 7 day free trial to test out their service on your iDevice.
As for the Audiobooks.com app, you can stream books instantly via 3G or WiFi for your listening pleasure, or download them for offline use (up to 2 at a time). A handy automatic bookmarking feature makes sure that you won’t lose your place when a call comes through or when the app is closed. This extents across devices, so you can jump from your iPhone to your iPad and not have to scrub your way and manually find your last position in the book.
You can head over to Audiobooks.com and browse through their catalog, as well as featured sections.
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Audiobooks.com Rolls Out Free Apple and Android Apps
Unique Audio Books Service Delivers Unlimited Downloads for Just $24.95 a Month
TORONTO, CANADA – August 29, 2012 – Audiobooks.com, the only audio books service that gives customers unlimited access to downloadable content for just $24.95 per month, today announced that free Apple and Android apps are now available to Audiobooks.com members. Customers can now download or stream audio books that they can enjoy anytime, anywhere on their mobile devices with a free app at Apple’s App Store for iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads or at Google Play for Android devices.
Members who want to enjoy audio books on the go can download up to two audio books at a time on their mobile device. The new apps are designed to give members maximum flexibility, providing custom settings so users can automatically stream or download books via wi-fi or cellular networks and save books to their personal reading list so they’ll always have an audio book to enjoy. The Audiobooks.com library contains 10,000-plus best sellers and new releases, including popular titles like The Hunger Games trilogy, and the library is constantly adding new titles.
“Audiobooks.com is committed to providing members with access to unlimited audio books instantly, anywhere,” said Ian Small, General Manager of Audiobooks.com. “Members can use the apps to download audio books and listen to them wherever they are with their mobile devices.”
One unique Audiobooks.com innovation is an automatic bookmarking feature that ensures users never lose their place; users can always pick up wherever they left off – across all devices. Always responsive to customer needs, Audiobooks.com has also added a sleep timer to meet member demand. This allows users to set a time when they want to enjoy an audio book after they turn in for the night and ensure that the audio book won’t continue playing indefinitely if they fall asleep.
Unlike competitor audio book apps, the Audiobooks.com apps for Apple and Android products enable both downloads and streaming content, and members have access to all the audio books they want for just $24.95 per month: There are no restrictions on the number of audio books users can download or stream.
Another unique Audiobooks.com feature is the apps’ integration with user device native operating system functionality, which gives Audiobooks.com apps the ability to automatically pause listening when the user receives a phone call. The apps let users browse and play book previews without logging in, and the apps are designed to optimize 3G/cellular usage.