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Initial post: Nov 22, 2011 2:28:57 PM PST
seashell1234 says:
I like to listen to books while exercising. The audible books are so expensive! At least the kindle books have selections that are cheap or free every day. Are there other options out there?

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:39:40 PM PST
Audiobooks, especially unabridged audiobooks, have always been really expensive. And they're bigger productions than they used to be. Extra costs every step of the way.

Lots of libraries offer audiobooks, but you need a cd player or (eek!) cassette player.

I think some libraries have audiobooks through Overdrive.

You also might like some of the old time radio shows. They're fun to listen to and there are sites where you can download tons of them free.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:40:03 PM PST
K. Rowley says:
"Are there other options out there?"

A lot of libraries have audio-books..

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 6:29:57 AM PST
There are places where you can get audiobooks for free. They're not going to be the latest bestsellers, obviously, but may work for you. Off the top of my head, I know of, which has public domain classics read by volunteers, and, which offers a free Christian audiobook every month and has many others at bargain prices.

If you're willing to expand beyond actual books, look into podcasts. There are free podcasts available on every imaginable topic. Also look into iTunes U for free lectures and courses on tons of topics.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 6:44:07 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
Project Gutenberg has some free audiobooks too - but some are human read and others are by a computer voice...

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 6:50:47 AM PST
Brian says:
If you "join" it is $15 a month for one audiobook each month with just a few exceptions, and you get a discount on anything else you buy. It is really worth it if you plan to listen to at least one a month.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 7:34:30 AM PST
I. Hamlin says:
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Posted on Nov 23, 2011 7:52:20 AM PST
also try a site called This site is for up and coming writers. All audiobooks read by the author. Great for scifi, thrillers, mysteries, vampires, etc. All books are by donation. You donate what you feel it was worth to you. I have been a member for over 6 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 8:07:47 AM PST
NinaS says:
Now THIS is helpful advice. With my Kindle, I've learned not to be an "author snob" by trying the new authors and different genres. Much to my surprise, there are great new authors "out there" in cyberspace. To be able to do the same with is a great benefit. Now... does Kindle Fire support the downloaded audio books, or do I need to use my MP3 player for these? Off to check out Podiobooks. Thanks, Tony!

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 8:22:41 AM PST
Sakjack says:
I've also just learned of smashbooks. Again I believe it's upcoming authors who are publishing themselves. But saw a couple of interesting things. I'm actually both an audible and kindle subscriber. I agree the audible books are quite expensive. But if you go for longer reads with excellent narrators, I find it worth the cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 8:29:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2011 8:30:15 AM PST
NinaS says:
I agree, certain books are worth the extra cost, but can only afford to "splurge" every so often. I look forward to downloading from the public library for those books. I'm hooked on my Kindle and audio books. Not so much on the audio feature that comes with the Kindle books... though it's OK for brief listens. Thanks for telling me about smashbooks!

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 10:49:40 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
I buy a lot of audiobooks here locally from a B&M store - Hastings.. They have a lot of 'bargain priced' items as well as some used ones too..

They sell here on Amazon too - under the name goHastings,

You might poke around their storefront and see what kind of deals they have.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 3:08:05 AM PST
Brent says:
If you exercise and/or commute a lot, Audible offers a subscription that is < $240 for 24 book credits/year. Then you are basically paying paperback prices ~$9.50 per audiobook.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 5:43:16 AM PST
I don't listen to a lot of audio books, but I will pick them up when they have a good sale at Audible. I subscribe as a "light listener" for $9.95/year. I don't get credits, but I get to take advantage of member prices and the special sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 7:03:06 AM PST
I just bought four audiobooks for $4.85 on If you get a membership and you like to listen to audiobooks makes it worth your while.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 6:47:55 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 3:30:48 PM PST
I do the same thing when I exercise and on my lunch hour at work, its my calgon take me away moment and I can eat hands free. When using my disc player I was able to download from my library free, I have heard that we can do that with kindle but I havent tried on mine yet. I am going to investigate that avenue further.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 4:29:03 PM PST
I use the credit program, as I feel it is my 'splurge' for myself each month. If it weren't for the credit program, I'd be listening to alot less audiobooks, as they are expensive..not just here..but other sites too. Going to go check out a couple of the other sites mentioned here! Thanks for the referrals!

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 4:46:55 PM PST
With the Audible books, yes, you can download them to your Kindle, although the audio isn't the greatest. I find that when I'm driving I have to hold my Kindle up to my ear to hear over the road noise or use headphones. As for Overdrive audiobooks if your library offers it, you can't get them onto your Kindle, unfortunately, but if you have an iPhone or just a regular iPod then you can put them on that. (The reason it doesn't work for Kindle is that they can only be downloaded two ways: either WMA format or iTunes, which neither is supported by the Kindle.) I actually highly recommend the Overdrive system. For what I've looked for, they actually seem to have more audiobooks in what I want to read than they do in ebooks!

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 4:57:39 AM PST
Katie says:
I love Audible, yes, it is a little bit expensive, but I have long commutes and Audiobooks help a lot. I've been a member for many years and never regretted it. I actually became a member while living in south america and never had any copyright problem. Usually I get 1 credit per month, now I am getting 2 credits ;) I could listen to them in my kindle but it is much better just listening from my android cell phone, and while driving I made sure my car stereo has a mini jack input and i just plug my cell phone there :)

I also used to listen to books while excersising... i got a stereo bluetooth and an arm holder, it works great!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011 7:11:18 AM PST
Lucas says:
Purchased as CD sets on Amazon audiobooks are prohibitively expensive. Libraries have decent selections but, if you drive as much as me, you'll deplete the "good ones" very quicly.

I joined for about three years ago and I think the average price I pay for a book is about $11-12 so they are actually comparable with paperbacks and much cheaper than hardbacks. They don't offer free stuff but frequently have sales for $5.95, 3-books-for-2-credits sales, etc. The most expensive price for a credit is $14.95 (one per month, paid monthly) and, if you read a LOT you can buy 24 credits at one time for something like $9.95 each (there are a handful titles out of something like 100,000 books that cost two credits). I looked at eMusic and I think their prices are lower by about 10% and might have gone that route if I hadn't already build a huge library on Audible.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 7:28:22 AM PST
We4Williams says:
I listen to a lot of audio books. I buy the membership where I get 24 up front and it costs about $220 and then I just use them over the course of the year. This way every book costs me about $9. There are tons of sales throughout the year so I get lots of books for $5 and there are various sales where you get an extra credit for using your credits. If you love audio books, it's a great deal.
Another thing to do is to sign up when they are offering $100 off an iPod or other electronics for a year's membership. I used to sign up for a year at a time under different email addresses and then it paid for itself.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 7:56:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011 7:57:46 AM PST
Makes sense that audiobooks are more expensive than other types of books. An added step in the process. And the author is typically not the best person to do the audio portion. So, that means hiring someone that is good at doing the audio in addition to the rest of the processes. And doing the audio part appears to be a long, tedious process. But, when an audio book is done correctly it can be very enjoyable to listen to. And these kind of books can be a huge boon for people with vision issues. If you listen to a lot of audio books you should check out or other services like that. And, if you are legally blind or know someone who is, take a look at the National Library for the Blind and their audio book program. My mother subscribes to that service and it is great.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 9:01:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011 9:11:02 AM PST
O Be Joyful says: l received 2 books of my choosing for free for signing up and 4 full books for free since. I picked up 3 more that were on my wish list for $4.95 last month. I also got 3 more for 2 credits, which l purchased for 20% off. This way l have been able to use my monthly credit for more expensive best sellers and still have more books available than l really have time to listen to. I've only been a member for 5 months and there have been plenty of good deals.
Also, if you are currently signed up month to month, you qualify for the $100 device
credit if you sign up for a year,as mentioned by We4Williams. That offer is going on right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011 9:49:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011 9:51:44 AM PST
HeatherM says:
YES!! I love to listen to audio books. I check out the MP3 version of many books from the library. Most kindles, once files are loaded on your computer, you can select those files and put them into your audible file on your kindle. If you have a Kindle Fire, load them to your cloud drive and you will be able to download them to your kindle! Voila! Enjoy them for FREE!
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