What is an audiobook?
An audiobook is a voice recording of a book being read out loud. Simply put, it is a book you listen to. Ever since the 1930s, spoken audio has been available in schools and public libraries. They were referred to as 'talking books' and were mostly geared to blind readers. During the 1970s, the term 'audiobooks' came into use and in 1994 it was established as the industry standard. Except for the blinds, they have also been useful for children learning to read and to increase reading comprehension. They also come handy when you do not have time to read an actual printed book or you are simply not in a mood for it. You can listen to an audiobook while waiting for transportation, commuting, jogging or doing your everyday chores around the house. Many people also like listening to audiobooks while relaxing into sleep.
If the complete text is read and recorded word-for-word, the book is described as 'unabridged', while reading of a shorter version is known as an 'abridgement'. Since most books can take up to 40 hours to read aloud, they are often produced in an abridged version. There are also some audiobooks that are an original production but not based on any book. These are called audio first productions.
What device will you need to listen to an audiobook?
If you are new to audiobooks, one of the questions that will most likely arise is what device will you need to listen to an audiobook. Luckily, the answer is simple. Audiobooks can be listened to on many different devices, including your computer, smartphone, tablet, and home speaker or in-car entertainment system. Which one you will choose will mostly depend on which one you already have and feel convenient using. You will also need to have access to audiobook apps on the device you are planning on using.
Digital audiobooks you have purchased or downloaded from the internet will usually come in one of the audio file types such as .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio) or .aac (Advanced Audio Coding). Most media devices will be able to play any of these audio formats.
Are there free trials or introductory offers available for audiobooks subscriptions?
Yes, there are free trials and introductory offers available for audiobooks subscriptions. Here, at Newbie Deals, we have collected all of these top audiobook sign up offers available for new customers so you can take a look and choose the one that suits you.
When you think of buying and selling books online, you probably think of Amazon first, so it is no wonder that probably the best-known audiobook service is its audiobook app, Audible. When you start your 30-day free trial on Audible, you will get a free audiobook of your choice (there are over 200,000 audiobooks to choose from, including hundreds of Audible Original titles that cannot be found anywhere else). And the best thing is you can keep the audiobook even if you cancel your subscription. Another service by Amazon that brings you a 30-day free trial is Kindle Unlimited. It offers unlimited reading and listening on any device.
Another audiobook service that offers a 30-day free trial with a first audiobook free of charge is Rakuten Kobo. It also features a rewards program called Kobo Super Points. Every time you spend some money on eBooks or audiobooks, you will earn points you can later redeem for more audiobooks. Kobo VIP Members will double their points.
Unlike previous audiobook services, Scribd offers twice as long free trial period. It offers free, member-exclusive access to some other apps such as Pocket, Audm, Blinkest, and others. The Scribd app allows you to create lists and bookmarks, customize jump forward/back, select from various reading speeds, download audiobooks for offline listening, and save titles for easier access later. You can also join its refer a friend programme. Once you successfully refer a friend to Scribd, they will get a 60-day free trial, while you will get 30 days of free membership time.
Podcast Addict is a highly customizable app for Android devices. You can use it to listen and manage not only podcasts but audiobooks, radio, YouTube, SoundCloud channels, Twitch, and much more. The app is available at no cost.
One audiobook service that does not have any sign-up deals for new customers but is still worth checking out, is Google Play Books. It does not work as a subscription service - you simply pay-as-you-go. If you are a keen listener, this may be a more expensive option than some other audiobook services that offer a subscription. However, if you tend to buy an audiobook every once in a while, this will give you freedom since you are not tied in with a contract and you will be able to take advantage of their regular deals and discounts. Many best-seller titles are priced equally or cheaper than a single credit Audible subscription. You can add titles to your Family Library so you can share them with your family members, free of charge.
How does an audiobook subscription work?
Audible by Amazon offers a set of simple subscription plans so all audiobook fans can find something for themselves. Its subscriptions work with 'credits'. With a $14.95/£7.99 per month plan, you will get a single monthly credit you can then use to obtain an audiobook for free, regardless of its original price. You can update your plan to get two credits per month, as well. With an Audible subscription, you will also be entitled to discounts on Audible titles. You can also swap the audiobook you purchased, free of charge within one year of the purchase date. The Audible works on a wide range of devices. With Rakuten Kobo, you can purchase audiobooks without a membership, or you can get a subscription (for $9.99/£6.99) and get a universal credit you can use to select a single audiobook each month. For only $8.99 per month, Scribd gives you unlimited access to audiobooks and ebooks, as well as magazines, news, and documents.
What happens if I cancel my audiobook subscription?
To manage your audiobook subscription, you should log into your account and go to the account settings. The time you have already paid, as well as the audiobooks you have already purchased, are yours to keep.
Can I give an audiobook subscription as a gift?
Yes, you can give audiobook subscriptions as a gift. Scribd offers three membership options to choose from - 3 months for $25, 6 months for $50, and 1 year for $100. Add a personal message to your gift, fill in the recipient’s information, and select how and when you want your gift to be delivered. It can be emailed (now or at a later date) or you can print it out and hand-deliver it yourself. Scribd gift membership codes can be redeemed worldwide and cannot expire. If your friend already has an active Scribd subscription, the time value of the Scribd gift subscription will be applied to their existing subscription.
If you would want to give an Audible subscription instead, you can choose between 1 (for £7.99), 3 (for £23.99), 6 (for £47.99), and 12-month (for £69.99) plans. If your friend already has an existing plan and redeems a gift membership on top of it, the total number of credits for the gift membership will be redeemed all at once. Credits from a gift membership will expire six months after the gift membership has ended. You can also purchase one of the available audiobooks as a gift. Once redeemed, the title will be in the recipient's library and ready to listen to.
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