Scribd pares audiobook offerings from its subscription service

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Uh-oh, looks like the audiobook fiends have joined the romance novel fiends as an unwanted financial drain on Scribd’s subscription program. The company reports on its blog that it is cutting back its audiobook catalog offerings available to subscribers of its $9/mo service. After thirty days, [...]

Audible’s ‘Stories that Surround You’ Would Surely Persuade You to Read

By a TeleRead Contributor
June 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Emma Cox Harrowing is the present state of the American reading population. According to a survey conducted by the international Internet-based market research firm YouGov for children’s publisher Scholastic, the number of young American readers who read for fun dropped by almost 10 percent this [...]

Weekend Links: Kobo Glo discontinued. Five best audiobook services

By Joanna Cabot
March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Kobo Glo is Now Discontinued (GoodeReader) The Glo is now officially discontinued. *** Five Best Audiobook Services (Lifehacker) This week, we’re looking at five of the best audiobook services, based on your nominations. *** How Authors Can Build Content Communities (Digital Book World) [...]

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user

By Joanna Cabot
February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital [...] offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications

By Chris Meadows
February 14, 2015 // 11 Comments

Audible has a great selection of audiobook downloads, and reasonable prices—especially if you buy during one of their frequent sales, using the discount offer for buying them together with certain Kindle e-books, or using one of their monthly credits. But since Audible’s books contain DRM, in [...]

App Review: Smart AudioBook Player for Android

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 26, 2015 // 20 Comments

It finally dawned on me late last year that Overdrive MP3 audio books are DRM-free. Yes, I’d known that fact on some level, but I still listened to the books in the Overdrive app, which is okay but not great. Plus it often takes me longer than three weeks to finish an audiobook, so I was only [...]

Morning Links: Reading diversely. Audiobooks benefiting from podcast boom?

By Joanna Cabot
January 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 2 (Book Riot) It’s no secret that diversity in reading is an important value at Book Riot. We write about it so often, in fact, that we’ve noticed that the same questions come up again and again from our readers in the comment sections of those posts… *** Are [...]

Morning Links: Subscription services viable in 2015? 2015 year of multiple apps on one screen?

By Joanna Cabot
December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Demand for Audiobooks Keeps Penguin Random House Recording (NPR) Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out. *** Will Subscription eBook Sites Continue to be Viable in 2015? (GoodeReader) One of the big trends [...]

Review: Scribd update and audiobooks

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

Recently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I’m not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let’s start with finding an [...]

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 6, 2014 // 3 Comments

Scribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today’s announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today [...]

Zombies, Run! and The Walk cross a pedometer with audiobooks

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Mobile technology is really bringing about some interesting new forms of gaming, isn’t it? Lately I’ve been experimenting with an Android/iOS smartphone game called “Zombies, Run!” while I play Ingress. I had heard from friends that it was a pretty good game, and after finding out that it [...]

Morning Roundup: Thinking while listening to audiobooks, More gadgets, less energy?

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Things I Think About While Listening to Audiobooks (Book Riot) I’m not the only one with audiobook questions, I can’t be, because so many of us listen to audiobooks, and some other people must have questions too? Do you share my questions? What are yours? *** Content was What was Holding Back [...]

Morning Roundup: Afraid of cheap ebooks? Dedicated audiobooks app for romance fans

By Joanna Cabot
June 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who’s Afraid of Very Cheap Books? (David Gaughran) A common meme in publishing is that cheap ebooks are destroying the world or literature, and that low prices are undermining the viability of publishing or writers’ ability to make a living. *** Dedicated Audiobooks App for Romance Fans [...]

Morning Roundup: Audies-Oscars of audiobook world? Tour an Amazon fulfillment center

By Joanna Cabot
April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

What Makes a Good App Great? (Teachers with Apps) This past week I had the pleasure of coming across a sensational new app and it got me thinking about what does an app need to make it an exceptional educational experience. *** How the Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World [...]

Booktrack announces Series A funding, expansion into education

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Booktrack, the startup company that adds soundtracks to ebooks, has announced its expansion into educational applications, as well as details of its recently completed Series A funding round. For those unfamiliar with the terminology of venture capital, Series A generally designates the first [...]

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