Audiobooks.com Launches a Spotify for Books
by Sarah Kessler (Mashable)
Movie and music sellers have proved that selling their content on an unlimited, monthly basis can be appealing to consumers. Now Audiobooks.com hopes to prove the same for books.
For $24.95 a month, the service will give users unlimited access to its library of 11,000 audio books through its website and an HTML5 mobile app.
Though Amazon-owned competitor Audible has a monthly membership, it relies on a credit system that give users access to a certain number of books per month depending on the fee. Audiobooks is the first service we can find that is streaming books using a monthly model.
There are some tradeoffs in opting for the monthly subscription. Audiobooks has about 11,000 titles available while Audible has 100,000. Three of the top five New York Times bestselling non-fiction books and two of the five bestselling fiction books are available on the former platform, while all ten books are available on the latter. In the unlimited streaming model, you pay for access to the books. If you lose your account, you’ll lose the access. Audible sells books that you download and keep.
On the other hand, you can sample as many Audiobooks books for as long as you want at no additional cost. That’s pretty handy for anyone who misses browsing shelves.
Audiobooks might be launching a new price model for streaming audio books, but it’s not new to the space. It’s actually a product of Simply Audio Books, which has used a similar unlimited rental model for audio books on physical discs since it launched in 2003.