AUDIBLE FOR AUDIOBOOKS
“A GOOD BOOK IS A GOOD FRIEND, WHAT IF THEY CAN SPEAK!”
Once upon a time there lived a… Sounds familiar? Each one of us would have come across these kind of stories. As we all grew stories become subjects, lectures, philosophy and so on which we voluntarily or non-voluntarily keep on listening to them. Though we could read it by ourselves, we prefer listening over reading. This preference is the unique selling point of the Amazon Audible. The Audible company existed for so long, but we merely know their existence. Now everyone is aware of Audible which is because the mighty online market leader ‘Amazon’ bought bang!
WHAT IS AN AUDIBLE :
Audible is an online audiobook and podcast streaming platform owned by Amazon. The service provides users to purchase and stream audiobooks which can be purchased individually or through subscription model where the users receive credits. The company’s first product was the Audible player launched in the year 1998. At 2003, Audible reached an agreement with Apple Inc to provide audiobooks for iTunes Music Store. All kinds of smartphones were given access to Audible which released ‘Audible Air’ in the year 2005. Amazon.com announced to buy Audible for about 300 million dollars on January 30, 2008. Audible began producing exclusive science fictions under its “Audible Frontiers”. It continued its publishing endeavours and released 25 titles at launch. Also it introduced various features time to time like AUDIOBOOK CREATION EXCHANGE (ACX) in May 2011, WHISPERSYNC FOR VOICE which helps users to continue audiobook from where they left, in September 2012. The upgraded versions of Audible each year increased the number of users and in the year 2017, it claimed around one billion hours of customers listening to content. Audible app was not popular during their startup and faced many setbacks but now it reached readers and listeners all over the world breaking an unexpected level.
WORKING AND SUBSCRIPTIONS :
Amazon Audible subscription service launched in India, which is available on Android, IOS device users by downloading the app for both Prime and Non-Prime members. Audible India claims to offer over 2,00,000 audiobooks with different categories, languages and genres. The price for Prime members of India differs from one half of the amount that is charged in the US which costs 15 dollars. The subscription differs for Prime and Non-Prime members. Prime users get 90 days of free trail whereas Non-Prime members will get 30 days free trail. After trailing period the users have to subscribe with monthly or yearly subscription packages based on their requirements. The users will be given credits each month, which can also be used whenever is necessary.
Audible plus - $ 7.95 per month with NO credits
Audible premium plus - $14.95 per month with ONE credit
Audible premium plus - $22.95 per month with TWO credits
Audible premium plus - $149.50 per year with 12 credits
Audible premium plus - $229.50 per year with 24 credits
Audible Escape - $12.95 per month with no credits
CANCELLING AUDIBLE MEMBERSHIP
The process of cancelling membership subscription is not so much complicated. To end the Audible membership, click on Cancel my membership on the account details page and follow the on-screen instructions. The credits saved by the user can be used prior to cancelling. Once the user cancels their Audible account, the remaining credits will be terminated with their membership. Yet they can access any audiobooks in their library even without a membership.
AUDIBLE IS THE BEST… WHY?
An interesting alternative to reading is becoming popular among many book lovers. The alternative is the amazing Audiobooks. Being a book lover, everyone will have confusion whether Audiobooks is a good choice or not. Let’s look out the pros of Audiobooks which might help to decide whether to go for it or not.
After downloading the app you get two free books. One Audible is given with low price and additional downloads are also 30% off.
One of the best things about Audiobooks is that you can multitask. If the other work doesn’t require much attention, then you can continue listening to your audio book.
The Audiobook is free from holding a book and turning page to page. Just pressing the play button, start your book and stop when it’s done. Relaxing and refreshing!
BLESSING FOR SPECIAL PEOPLES
Audiobooks are blessing for people with visual impairments and also for people with reading disorders like Dyslexia, hyperlexia.
CONSUME BOOK FASTER
Completing book per month to finishing within 2-3 hours makes a huge difference. The speed of the recordings in Audible can be adjusted up to 3 times.
NARRATOR MAKES IT INTERESTING
The flow and feel of the story are enhanced by the personality of the narrator. Multiple voices are also used for different characters to make it more interesting.
LISTEN WITHOUT LIGHTS ON
People who love reading at night, but also gets irritated by the lights can adopt for Audible. Close the eyes and listen to the audiobook.
DARK SIDES OF AUDIBLE!
If there’s something good about a thing, there’s obviously something bad about that thing. Yes, there are certain cons of Audible that are to be considered. Here are some cons of Audible.
DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW IF DISTRACTED
You get lost if you are by something. If you’re distracted for a while, you have to go back and re-listen.
You need a bank card like debit and credit cards for purchasing audiobooks because there’s no cash on delivery.
Highlighting is highly impossible in Audible. You have to manually make a note of those and that takes some time and effort.
In the growing technological world, even though everyone are connected by various means still feels lonely. With this simple Audible we get a companion to tell us stories that we wish to hear which is a rare quality that cannot be expected from humans. Fools speak a lot while wise listen a lot.
“Long before writing, people were telling each other stories and the Audiobook goes all the way back to that tradition.” Quoted by Philip Pullman