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Why buy audiobooks when you can rent them?

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AudiobookLender allows users to rent digital audiobooks for 30 days. Renting audiobooks can ... More

Editor's review

Published 16 Mar 2019

I guess it was really only a matter of time before renting audiobooks was an option. It happened many years ago to the music industry before the digital revolution kicked in. Back when that happened though, you had to physically take yourself to a music rental store and hand over your personal details and a small fee to take home your vinyl, cd or cassette tape. At the time, record companies were incensed because renters would generally take their goodies home and copy them so they could 'own' them forever.

People's mentality has changed these days though. In the modern world, people just want access to their entertainment rather than physically owning it. With music and films, we've all grown accustomed to streaming rather than buying. With books, the people who want to own them will go out and buy a physical copy of the latest Stephen King or J K Rowling book with its ornate hardback cover. Most of the rest of us just want to listen to a good book in bed at night or in the car or on their commute to work. So it makes good sense to 'borrow' an audiobook for a fraction of the cost of buying it.

AudiobookLender is a new app for iOS, Android (and Kindle, of course) that allows users to rent digital audiobooks for 30 days, saving its customers up to 80% on the regular retail price. Rentals can be streamed from the AudiobookLender.com website or downloaded or streamed to free apps for Apple or Android devices. The 30 day rental period starts when you activate the play button. The apps come fully loaded with great features including playback speed control, sleep timer and manual bookmarking and you can pick up exactly where you finished off reading when you start again the next day. 

You can listen on as may devices as you'd like and can delete the audio book as soon as you are finished. What happens if customers haven't finished listening to the book in the allotted 30 days, I can hear you asking? Will the book simply expire from your device? Well, don't worry too much. If you haven't finished at the end of your 30 day hire period you can extend the rental period for another 30 days for a mere two bucks. However, if it is finished and you don't rehire, downloaded audiobooks will automatically delete at the end of the rental period so you won't have valuable space being taken up on your device. 

AudiobookLender is the latest innovation in digital audiobooks that gives avid audiobook fans an affordable alternative to the high price of purchasing not to mention the limited selection of libraries. Right now, The app has over 20,000 audiobooks available to rent with more added every month. You won't have to sign up to any long term renting plans and you can rent titles whenever you wish. If you download rather than stream a title you don't even have to be online to read it. The apps are available for download now for free from the App Store or Google Play. 

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