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Over 40,000 audiobooks at the best prices

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Audiobooks Now is a free Android app for downloading digital audiobooks. They offer an ... More

Editor's review

Published 18 Jan 2015

The debate between kindle readers and physical paper book readers has raged for a few years now and avid readers seem to have divided into one or the other. Ebook readers love the ease and simplicity of reading a book on their kindle without having shelf loads of books cluttering up their homes while paper book readers love the pure pleasure of holding a book in their hands rather than a piece of plastic. Personally, I think the kindle has a fair way to go to fulfill its obvious potential. However, there is another way of 'reading' books that seems to have got lost in the argument. The audiobook adds a completely new dimension to the art of reading a book and often features the authors themselves or another beautifully eloquent orator who will add their own oral characteristics to enhance the storytelling. There are a number of audiobooks apps on the market with vast catalogues of titles available and Audiobooks Now is right up there with the biggest of them - as well as proving to be one of the cheapest.
There are many ways to enjoy audible spoken word audio books. Whether you're on a road trip or on a long commute, working out in the gym or simply doing chores around the house, audio books are the perfect way to enjoy great books anytime and anywhere you may be. Audiobooks Now is a free Android app where you can download and buy digital audiobooks from their extensive - 40,000 strong and growing every day - list of titles. They offer a very reasonable and innovative Club Pricing Plan of US$5 per month that allows users to save 50% off their first audiobook purchase each month and up to 40% off everything else. The app allows you to easily explore an extensive catalog of audiobooks and the easy-to-navigate interface will help your find the right book to listen to quickly and easily. Your audiobook will always allow you to pick up exactly where you left it and, once downloaded, you wont need to be online to listen to them. The app allows you to play your downloaded audiobooks wherever you are and without the need for either WiFi or a data connection. The extensive features in the app let you browse, search and filter titles before choosing and downloading them and their prices are a fraction of the price of competitors. You can even sync your audiobooks across multiple devices to make life even easier.
If there's a downside to Audiobooks Now it's probably the fact that it's a purchase-only app rather than the rental option that many other services offer. However, that is easily made up for by the discounts offered that make it far and away the cheapest of the big audiobook organizations. Whats more, their catalog of over 40,000 titles is in the top 5 of the apps we researched. The buy-only option also means that there are no time restrictions or due return dates on reading your purchases because you will own them outright from day one. If there were to be improvements then it might be nice to see a brief summary of each title but this is made up for with customer ratings and reviews and you can easily browse by category to narrow down your search. You can even listen to a sample of each book to see if it suits your needs. Finally, if there are any problems, there is an extensive Frequently Asked Questions feature that should easily solve any difficulties. However, if the worst comes to the worst, their customer service by phone is very efficient. If you are looking for an audiobooks service where you can own titles and get them for a great price - you won't find one much better than this. Audiobooks Now offers a 30-day free trial that allows you to try it out - risk free.


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