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#1 Night Elf

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:11 AM

My dd wants to buy some audio books to listen to on her cell phone. She looked at Audible but it's a monthly fee and she doesn't want a subscription to anything. She wants to buy individual books. Where does she find them?



#2 MeaganS

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:22 AM

You can buy them in audible without the monthly fee. It is just often cheaper to be a member (discounts and credits).

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:38 AM

You don't have have a paid subscription to buy Audible books. With a paid membership you earn credits each month (your subscription level determines how many) and you get special prices on some books. However, anyone can create a free account and buy audio books. 

 

That said, how does she feel about library books? If your library has Overdrive she can borrow audio books from them and download them directly to her phone. She just has to listen before the loan period is up or they go poof.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

I have found a method that is often as cheap as audible membership without the monthly commitment but is not available for all books.

 

1. go to amazon and find the kindle book version of the audiobook that you want.

 

 

2. under the formats and prices is a small box that lists the length of the books and several program that it can be part of.  The one you are looking for is audible narration and it should say "ready".

 

3. Click on the gray arrow by ready and it will give you the price of adding the audible narration to the kindle book. You can use this feature to flip back and forth between the kindle book and the audible book and they will stay synced up but you can also simply listen to the audio book.

 

As an example: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is $28.00 at audible without a membership.  It is $14.95 with an audible membership and a commitment to more or you can buy the kindle book for $9.99 and add the audible narration for $7.49 for a total of $17.48. Many books can be purchased this way for less than an audible credit.

 

 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:37 PM

I use overdrive and our library system. I have an aversion to paying for books I would read once and never again.

I will buy reference books and kids books that will be reread over and over but I don't want to pay for fiction reading for myself.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:08 PM

Our library system doesn't have a great selection of audio books on overdrive. There are lots of kids books I wanted to read but had to get the print version. I think dd has some specific books in mind. I buy Kindle books but only the ones I know I'll reread a lot. I'll often read the same book 2 - 3 times in a month then pick it up again a few months later.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:24 PM

Can you pay to join a neighboring larger library system? I know some have mentioned some big ones here before that you pay a fee to join each year. Even at $50/year that is cheap if you like a lot of audio books.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:03 PM

I do what someone up thread mentioned.  If I can't check the book out from the library, I go to Amazon and see how much it will be.  I have bought several classics lately for $2 or $3.  It is harder if there is something special that you want to listen to.