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    • koru
    • By koru 20th Dec 17, 6:31 PM
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    Best deals for heavy audiobook listeners
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    Best deals for heavy audiobook listeners 20th Dec 17 at 6:31 PM
    I thought it might be worth starting a thread for people to discuss good long-term deals for audiobook download fans who (like me) get through several books a month. At a rate of, say, 50 books a year, you certainly don't want to be buying them individually, at 15-25 a pop, as that's 1000 per year!

    I'll start with some things I've worked out for myself.

    Local Library

    The best deal of all is if your local library has an audiobook service available. Mine offers free use of Overdrive and BorrowBox, both of which have smartphone apps to download and play audiobooks. Most other libraries seem to offer this, but not all.

    The main drawback is that they have limited selection, so you might not find everything you fancy listening to. However, I reckon these two services have 100-200 audiobooks that I want to read, so that should keep me going for a year or more.

    The other drawback is that you often have to go on a wait list for popular books, but as you can reserve several at a time, I find I can line them up so they become available one by one.

    Once I have exhausted the free library stuff, looks like I will have to pay to feed my habit. (There are some services that provide free audiobooks for out of copyright books, but I prefer to have professionally-produced audiobooks and I'm not interested in anything that is illegal.)

    Audible

    The dominant service seems to be Audible, so let's start there. They seem to have the widest selection. Their standard prices to buy one-off books are horrifying: probably an average of 20. But I reckon these are deliberately high, to try to push you into a subscription. For one credit (=1 book) a month, it is 7.99, which is much better. However, I go through at least a book per week.

    Three free books for Amazon Prime members who take out a trial. Which is nice, while it lasts.

    If I used Audible, I would probably go for their 24 books per year deal, which is 109.99, so 4.58 per book. Even that would only last me for maybe 4-5 months, but I believe that if you are on these subscriptions you can buy extra credits in batches of 3. I did find a link about this a while ago, and I think the price is about the same as the price per book under the subscription, although I can't find the link now, so I can't confirm.

    I suppose I could always pay for a second Audible subscription, if necessary.

    Sometimes, it is cheaper to buy the ebook on Kindle, then add Whispersync, rather than just buy the audiobook direct, but this is rarely cheaper than 4.58.

    There are a few other tips on this webpage, which might help a bit, but they are not a full solution for a heavy user (and some of the ideas are not ones I would be comfortable with):
    http://bestfantasybooks.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-audible-savings/
    Last edited by koru; 30-09-2018 at 3:14 PM.
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    • koru
    • By koru 20th Dec 17, 8:16 PM
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    Playster

    Then there are a few services with an "all you can eat" model, similar to Netflix. You only rent the books, so if you stop paying for the service, you lose all the books. But I don't normally re-read books, so I'm not too bothered by this.

    Playster is 14.50 pm, so if you listen to more than 3 books a month then it is cheaper than Audible at 4.58 per book.

    I think it has fewer books than Audible, though I can't find any figures for the UK. This review says 180,000 for Audible and 100,000 for Playster, but those seem to be US figures, and I'm guessing they don't necessarily have the same rights in the UK:
    http://www.toptenreviews.com/services/entertainment/best-audiobook-services/
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    • koru
    • By koru 20th Dec 17, 8:29 PM
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    Kobo

    Kobo now does audiobooks, but they don't seem competitive for heavy users. 6.99 for a book a month subscription, which is slightly cheaper than Audible if you only want 1 book a month.

    I can't find any information about whether Kobo has any heavier-duty subscriptions or what they charge for extra credits, so I assume they don't beat Audible's 4.58 per book. Why are they all so coy about what they actually charge?
    Last edited by koru; 22-12-2017 at 12:39 PM.
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    • Peter999
    • By Peter999 20th Dec 17, 8:59 PM
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    Also, Audible have a deal of the day offer which is between 99p to 2.99. I receive an email from them each day with the latest offer.

    I've bought about 70 of these including some best sellers.
    • koru
    • By koru 21st Dec 17, 8:18 AM
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    Also, Audible have a deal of the day offer which is between 99p to 2.99. I receive an email from them each day with the latest offer.

    I've bought about 70 of these including some best sellers.
    Originally posted by Peter999
    I presume this is only for subscribers. A good way to add extra books, assuming they have a reasonable number that match one's taste.
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    • koru
    • By koru 21st Dec 17, 7:21 PM
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    Audiobooks.com

    This one works the same way as Audible: 7.99 for one credit per month, but their website says nothing about other subscriptions, nor does it explain the price to buy extra credits, but I would be surprised if it were less than 7.99.

    So, not competitive with the Audible 24 books in 12 months option. Even if you just want a book per month, I can't see any reason to choose this service over Audible (other than the desire to stop Amazon completely taking over the world).
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    • koru
    • By koru 21st Dec 17, 7:35 PM
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    Downpour

    Apparently this service is available to UK customers, even though it is priced in US dollars: $12.99 pm for one credit per month, which is about 10. Same price for extra credits. At 10 per book, not remotely competitive with any of the other services in the UK.

    (Interesting that UK prices seem better than in the US. A rare example of the UK being cheaper than the US. Downpour is cheaper than Audible in the US: $12.99 vs $14.99 for a basic subscription. But as Downpour just makes UK people pay the dollar price, which is about 10, it is not competitive with Audible's UK price, which is 7.99.)
    Last edited by koru; 26-12-2017 at 12:41 PM.
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    • By koru 21st Dec 17, 7:45 PM
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    Bookbeat

    This seems similar to Playster, but cheaper. 12.90pm for unlimited audiobook rentals. So, it would be cheaper than Audible on a per book basis, if you get through at least 3 books per month.

    Assuming a book per week, it equates to 3 per book. At 5 books a month, 2.58.

    No clue how many books they have, compared with either Audible or Playster, but I suppose you could sign up and stay a member until you exhaust their library. Then sign up with a different service to read the books that Bookbeat does not have.
    Last edited by koru; 21-12-2017 at 7:50 PM.
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    • By koru 21st Dec 17, 7:47 PM
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    So far, then, I think my champion is Bookbeat, which is likely to be cheaper than Audible's cheapest deal, for someone who gets through at least one audiobook per week.

    But are there any others? Perhaps there are others I haven't spotted.
    Last edited by koru; 20-01-2019 at 11:10 AM.
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    • koru
    • By koru 22nd Dec 17, 1:02 PM
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    eStories

    I found another, which has a plan with 5 credits pm. If you pay annually, it equates to 5.20 per book. https://www.estories.com/plans
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    • Peter999
    • By Peter999 22nd Dec 17, 1:05 PM
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    Hi Koru,

    No, you don't need to be a subscriber to buy the deal of the day books. I stopped subscribing over a year ago and still buy them every few days.

    You can get them to email you with the daily deal. I've now listened to loads of books that I wouldn't have chanced at full price.

    https://audible-uk.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6416
    • koru
    • By koru 22nd Dec 17, 2:38 PM
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    All You Can Books

    Here's another that offers an 'all you can read' model. http://www.allyoucanbooks.com

    US$20 per month, which is currently about 15, so no advantage over Bookbeat or Playster. I imagine that a chunk of its books are not available in the UK, due to copyright issues.
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    • koru
    • By koru 22nd Dec 17, 2:45 PM
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    No, you don't need to be a subscriber to buy the deal of the day books. I stopped subscribing over a year ago and still buy them every few days.

    You can get them to email you with the daily deal.
    Originally posted by Peter999
    Thanks. I tried signing up for it using my Amazon log-in and it seems to have worked. Worth seeing if anything comes up that I fancy. (Today's offer is The Christmasaurus!)
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    • koru
    • By koru 22nd Dec 17, 6:12 PM
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    Kindle Unlimited with narration

    Then there's Kindle Unlimited, which includes some audiobooks:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/hz/signup?_encoding=UTF8&ref_=sr_ku_lm&qid=1513962467

    Looks like there are 3600 audiobooks available. Cost is 7.99 pm, and also includes ebooks. This is an all you can read, rental model, so potentially very cheap, if you like the books included. If you read 4 books a month, that's 2 per book. On a quick look, I was struggling to find books that I would want to read, however.
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    • koru
    • By koru 29th Sep 18, 11:37 AM
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    Scribd.com is a new option. It has been around for a long time, but it used to work on 1 book per month, at $9 (~7). A few months ago, they switched to 'unlimited' audiobooks. As I understand it, there are some restrictions, but you definitely get free choice of at least 2 audiobooks per month, and then unlimited choice from a more restricted catalogue. So, that's about 3.50 per book, depending on exchange rate.

    They seem to have a lot of bestsellers, but what I'm not sure about is how much of their list is available outside the US. At some point, I'll sign up for a trial, to see what's available here.

    Not as big a selection as Audible (eg, no J K Rowling or Robert Galbraith, for a start), but once you have read what they do have, just cancel your subscription and then switch to Audible for titles you can only get there.
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    • koru
    • By koru 26th Oct 18, 9:57 AM
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    Also, Audible have a deal of the day offer which is between 99p to 2.99. I receive an email from them each day with the latest offer.
    Originally posted by Peter999
    From November this will only be available for Audible members.
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    • Peter999
    • By Peter999 26th Oct 18, 10:09 AM
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    From November this will only be available for Audible members.
    Originally posted by koru
    Yes, I saw that in an email this morning, very sad. I checked my library and I've bought over a hundred deal of the days over the years.

    I had a look round and found a discount code for 4 months at half price (3.99) so I've gone for that. The code is 18WIN399F7 if you want to use it as well.
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    • By koru 28th Oct 18, 3:03 PM
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    That's a good price for Audible, but I've only felt compelled to buy one deal-of-the-day book over the last 10 months, so I'm not that bothered if I lose the right to buy them.

    I'm still working through all the audiobooks I get free from my library. Plus I've got about 70 books from Bookchoice over the last 10 months, which I have yet to work through. (Some I will probably never read as they aren't my thing. eg, the 'chicklit', but perhaps I should be more open-minded.)

    I also noticed that Apple Books app offers some audiobooks free if they are out of copyright. Not yet sure how good the narrations are, but I'll give this a go eventually.

    That should keep me going for 2-3 years. Then, my plan would be to try Scribd, if they are still offering 'unlimited' books for $9 pm. From what I understand, you can probably have a free choice of 4 books per month, before they start restricting your choice.

    But it remains to be seen how much of their catalogue is licensed for reading in the UK. There will come a point where I eventually have to sign up to an Audible subcription, but I'm guessing it won't be for several years.
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    • parmavioletuk
    • By parmavioletuk 28th Oct 18, 6:22 PM
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    Yes, I saw that in an email this morning, very sad. I checked my library and I've bought over a hundred deal of the days over the years.

    I had a look round and found a discount code for 4 months at half price (3.99) so I've gone for that. The code is 18WIN399F7 if you want to use it as well.
    Originally posted by Peter999
    Thanks, that code worked for me

    Just in case anyone else is confused as to where to use the code, if you scroll down to the bottom of the audible page there should be a link for 'Redeem a Promotional Code'. It took me a while to find it
    • iscamaid
    • By iscamaid 9th Nov 18, 11:52 AM
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    Audible deal of the day
    Gutted this has stopped as I got some good offers from it.
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