Audiobooks.com is subsidiary of Simply Audiobooks and launched in 2012. When the company first began, they offered unlimited access to audiobooks for their monthly users. A year later, they cancelled their unlimited access plan and only let members listen to one or two audiobooks per month. Even though they have only offered cloud-based audiobooks for a few years, Audiobooks.com already has a strong customer base - they’ve had over 1 million downloads. Audiobooks.com has a great blog where you can check out new releases every week. They have an image, expert from the book, and description.
- Large selection
- User-friendly app
- Mobile device compatibility
Audiobooks.com has a large selection of popular titles to choose from (over 60,000). When the company was founded three years ago, they only had 11,000 books to choose from. While they don't have quite as large of a collect as Audible, they do offer a monthly membership for the same price ($14.95) - this covers one audiobook.
Apps from Audiobooks.com are very user-friendly. You can stream and download music straight from almost any web browser. You can also use your smartphone (Android or iOS) to listen to books. It's easy to stream or download your books with Audiobooks.com, so you can listen wherever you go.
Another great thing about Audiobooks.com is their free 30-day trial. This allows listeners to see if Audiobooks.com is for them and if it's something they want to invest in.
Popular news outlets that have featured Audiobooks.com include the following:
- Financial Post
- USA Today
- More expensive
- Subscription options are limited
- Lacking transparency
Unlike other audiobook subscription companies, Audiobooks.com only offers one type of subscription. You can sign up for one audiobook per month for $14.95. If you want to listen to any books beyond that, you have to buy credits - points that allow you to purchase audiobooks. While we like that you can listen to one audiobook per month for such a low cost, we wish you didn't have to pay full price for any additional books each month.
When you're on the audiobooks.com website as a visitor (nonmember), you can't actually see how much each book is. You only see a "Play it Free" with our 30-day trial button. We wish the company was a little more transparent with their prices.
After your free trial ends, your subscription automatically renews, which means your card will be charged the day after your trial expires without further warning.
The Bottom Line
Audiobooks.com has an excellent selection of books to choose from. When you log onto their website, they show you popular authors and popular books to choose from. You can also browse by genre or bestseller lists. We like how easy-to-use and detailed this website is, even though we wish they were more upfront about books prices for nonmembers.
Audiobooks.com carries a large collection of books. If you're the type of person who listens to about one audiobook per month, we highly recommend using Audiobooks.com.