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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:40 PM

Do you have audible.com? A question or two...

I've been thinking about subscribing to Audible.com, but I have a few questions.

First, they say that you "own the audible book forever." Does that mean that it has been downloaded on (or downloadable to) your computer? Or is it sitting in the cloud somewhere so you can access it for all time?

What do you like about it?

What do you not like about it?

If there are other snippets of info you could share, I will greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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Reply Do you have audible.com? A question or two... (Original post)
Leith Jan 2020 OP
Polly Hennessey Jan 2020 #1
Leith Jan 2020 #2
rawtribe Jan 2020 #3
Leith Jan 2020 #4
exboyfil Jan 2020 #5
snowybirdie Jan 2020 #6
Big Blue Marble Jan 2020 #7
exboyfil Jan 2020 #9
northoftheborder Jan 2020 #8
GeorgeGist Jan 2020 #10
avebury Jan 2020 #11
avebury Jan 2020 #12
sakabatou Jan 2020 #13

Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:44 PM

1. Those are my questions, too.

Audibles let us know.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:52 PM

2. That's one of the things I love about DU and message boards in general

Friendly ones like DU, anyway. I'm not the only one with the question. There are probably dozens more who want to know before signing up.

The same goes for Netflix, Roku, Sling TV, Sirius Radio, etc., but let's leave those for another thread.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:52 PM

3. Every book I have purchased


on Audible is stored on the cloud. Bought my first book in 1998.

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Response to rawtribe (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 02:54 PM

4. No possibility of download?

So, it has to be played on a computer, tablet, or cellphone? Do you have to specify the device or do you just have a link to access with password?

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Response to Leith (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:20 PM

5. Can download to a smartphone

or with Audible Manager, to a computer and then to a MP3 player. There is a limit to the number of MP3 players can be tied to an Audible account, and only one account on an MP3 player.

You have to access Audible with a password. Once it is on your MP3, it is there forever. I assume the same for a phone, but I haven't being doing it for nearly as long. Once you connect once with your phone to the Audible account, you need no further verification.

Like the other poster, I have been doing Audible for nearly 20 years.

I actually have four Audible accounts (three taken out years ago before Smartphones) and one tied to my Amazon account. I have the option to merge one of my original Audible accounts to my Amazon Audible account.

Wal Mart's audiobooks work in a similar fashion.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:25 PM

6. Like the service

Have all the books I've ordered for several years. Stores on a cloud, but can be downloaded quickly. You can share with a friend with Audible. Started using it when cataracts affected my vision. Got used to listening and listen now while doing household routine chores. Like the fact you earn credits that can be used to download a book for free every month. I usually use it for the talked about political books. You don't have a physical book, but that makes storage and traveling with books much easier. Only negative I find is my hearing is impacted by earbuds. Good luck!

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:28 PM

7. Before you subscribe to Audible.

check out Scribd https://www.scribd.com/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=adwords_brand&utm_campaign=Google_Search_Alpha_Brand_US&utm_term=scribd&utm_device=c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI49efzOWu3gIVhYrICh1hYA6hEAAYASAAEgKYb_D_BwE

For only about $80 a year, you have available audio books, ebooks, and many documents. There is no limit to how
many books you access.

I have been an Audible subscriber for nearly 15 years and have over 500 books in my cloud library.
I am seriously thinking of dropping my membership this year as I hardly ever find a book that is
not also available on Scribd. It is a much better deal.

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Response to Big Blue Marble (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 04:56 PM

9. Also check out your local library

and possibly the library of your friends and family that are in a sharing mood.

Hoopla's interface is about as good as Audible (have to have a Smartphone though), and it has a great selection of books. There is no wait as the books are accessible immediately. Usually you have account limits (3 for my library and 12 for my mom's library) and there is a daily limit cumulative for all patrons.

Depending on your particular library, Overdrive can have a good selection as well. With Overdrive you will have to wait until a copy of the book becomes available. While you only have 14 days, once it is on your MP3 player it is there as long as you want it (actually just move the file on your computer and keep it there as long as want as well). Overdrive works a lot like Audible Manager (at least how I use it).

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 03:36 PM

8. Love Audible

You can use it on any device; all my devices are Apple, so I can play on any, or listen on one, and then the other; (audible keeps up with your place in the book for any device) don't know how that would work with non Apple.

I think that you own the book forever whether you've listened or not. It will go on the cloud if not actively listening; this saves on storage on your device.

If you strongly dislike a book for any reason, you can return it and exchange for something else. I have done that several times, very easy.

Audible is owned by Amazon, if that bothers you.

They have a huuuge library of books; everything I've searched for they have. They often have sales, buy two for one credit, or just buy not using your monthly credit, for a discount. (They also have free offerings, short books or stories, every month, most of which I don't care for.) Also included with membership is a daily synopsis of news from the NYT and WAsh. Post.

The readers are usually good, and usually add to the book's enjoyment, in my opinion. I've found a few who drive me crazy with their verbal oddities, but you learn which ones to avoid!

My eyesight is deteriorating, so this has been a lifesaver for me, a lifetime addictive reader.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 10:33 PM

10. You can download any and all of your books ...

but if you don't and discontinue service you won't be able to access them in the cloud.

I like audiobooks. Audible seems to be the most complete library of available books that I've seen. I've not encountered any book that requires more than one credit to purchase. They often have 'sales' where members can purchases additional credits.

I don't have any dislikes of the service. As others have said, you can return books you don't like for credit.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 10:58 PM

11. I love audible.com

You purchases stay in your audible.com account. You listen to a book on their website or download it as many times as you like.

Audiobooks allow me to multi-task. I listen to books when I am running errands, walking the dog, doing chores around the house, etc. I own a large volume of both audiobooks and kindle books. What I donít buy I borrow from the library. They often have good sales or offers.

I really canít say anything bad about the site. I generally have the 24 books in one year (the cheapest per book rate). I have already blown through my credits and when I get down to 1 credit I am able buy 3 more at a good price.

I am a big reader and read so many sweeties that I actually have an excel spread sheet to track new releases and how I plan on getting them (audible, kindle, library),

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 11:02 PM

12. The latest deal for audible members is that

if you listen to 3 books by some date in March, canít remember the ending date and you earn a $20 amazon credit.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 11:11 PM

13. I have audible

It's downloaded onto my computer. I can listen to it at any time, via my computer or mp3 player.

What I like about is that I can find my favorite books and have someone else read it for me. Sometimes with characterization.

What I don't like is that not every book I want is made into an audiobook.

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