The Geek Girl Report: Wanna Hear a Good Story? The Best Places to Find Audiobooks Online
Let’s be honest, how long has it been since you enjoyed a good book? Nowadays, it seems everyone’s just too busy to sit down and read. But there are some dedicated bookworms who make use of the time they have commuting, working out, and doing other mundane tasks to catch up on their favorite stories. How? With audiobooks.
I’ll admit, when I first heard about audiobooks becoming popular again, my mind instantly went to the old clunky cassette tapes my grandmother used to have. Thankfully, audiobooks have caught up with the times and are anything but “old-fashioned.” And with the prevalence of iPods, iPads and other portable digital entertainment, it’s easier than ever to catch up on the latest best sellers, no matter where you are or how much time you have.
Here are my picks for some of the best places to find audiobooks.
Hands down, Audible is my number one pick for audiobooks. As a subsidiary of online retail giant Amazon.com, their selection of books is unmatched, over 100,000 titles and counting, and easy to search through whether you know what you’re looking for or you just want to browse. They offer a fantastic value as well; $8 a month for the first 3 months of your subscription. The only downside is that Audible does not give you the option to rent books. For that, you might want to check out the next pick.
If you’re a “try before you buy” type, Simply Audiobooks might be more your style. Although their selection is smaller than Audible, they offer a number of different membership options. You can either buy and download the books right away, or you can sign up for their rental service, where you can download books for a monthly fee, keep them as long as you want, then just simply return them. However it is a bit on the pricy side, renting one book will cost you about $20 a month.
The Apple faithful will find plenty to like with iTunes selection of audiobooks. iTunes offers over 22,000 hours worth of audiobooks, with crystal-clear audio quality. Plus, there’s no confusing or overpriced subscription service. All the books can be purchased individually, although the price of the book varies depending on how popular the book is. Combined with the name recognition of Apple, iTunes continues to be one of the most popular audiobook services out there.