Audiobooks Now is a subsidiary of Booksfree - an online book rental company. While Booksfree sends members physical copies of rented books, Audiobooks Now lets users purchase audiobooks. These books can be accessed on mobile phones, tablets, and online. You can choose to stream or download these books. Members of Audiobooks Now pay for each audiobook they listen to. After paying monthly dues ($5), listeners pay a membership price for each book they listen to. This price ranges from $5-20 per book. Nonmembers pay about 40% more per book.
- Specials and discounts
- Low membership fee
- Many user options
Audiobooks Now began in 2012. In their short life, the company has accumulated over 40,000 audiobooks. They carry many popular books and new releases. They offer books at various prices, and have a "Specials" section where they feature books at a discounted price.
One thing that sets Audiobooks Now apart from other audiobook companies is that they have a membership fee and a cost per book. This might seem like a bad thing at first, but for those who listen to a lot of audiobooks, it's not. The membership fee is very low - just $5 per month. From there, using Audiobooks Now is one of the best ways to listen to more that two audiobooks per month.
We also like the number of ways there are to use Audiobooks Now. You can listen online, through their iOS app, Android app, or Nook app. Each of these apps have average ratings. You can download the audiobooks you buy here straight to your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Another thing we like about Audiobooks Now is all the information they give on each book. On each book you can see the following:
- Author's name
- Narrator's name
- Length of audiobook
- When it was published
- Full synopsis
- Compare regular price and club price
- Recommended books based on the book you're looking at
- Membership fee and book costs
- Can be expensive
- Poor app rating
While having a membership fee and individual book fee may be good for people who listen to multiple audiobooks each month, it can be expensive for those who do not. Many popular books cost around $15-20 each through Audiobooks Now. This means that if you want to buy two audiobooks a month, you'll pay around $35-45 each month.
Audiobooks Now has apps available for multiple platforms, but their apps do not have high ratings. While their apps have two to three stars each (out of five), similar products have four to five star ratings. Many users complain about the price and say that the company claims to offer a free download, but then doesn't follow through.
One thing we wish they had were user reviews. Many of their competitors have more users, which generates a good number of reviews from previous readers.
Audiobooks Now only carries books in English and Spanish. Those wanting to listen in a native or second language will have to look elsewhere.
The Bottom Line
While we love the number of books Audiobooks Now offers, we feel that the product is too expensive. Other audiobook platforms let you buy two audiobooks per month for around $25 dollars. For two of the same books on Audiobook Books now, you'll be paying around $40.