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Adios Audible

October 2, 2016 10 Comments

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I have enjoyed the audible reading app from Amazon that I test drove for the last three months. In the past I had listened to audio books on long drives, but rarely at home. I took the free membership that included 3 free books over a period of three months. It is fun, but I will not continue to pay for it when the free trail ends.  I do enjoy telling my robot Alexa to read to me at home, but I can still purchase books I like from Amazon and add whisper sync audio if it is available for that book.  Then I have access to the audio version forever without paying for a separate audible subscription.  If I had a different lifestyle that including a lot of time in my car I would consider staying subscribed to this service. Here are the features I appreciate the most:

  • The app keeps track of your place in the book so you can switch devices at will
  • Some books are read by the author which brings another level of authenticity
  • The channels, updated constantly, provide excellent original content
  • The selection is extremely diverse, and is also updated all the time

It is true that during my audible free trail I managed to listen to 5 books that I found useful.  This is an increase in the average number of books during a 3 month period.  I purchased the last one in hard copy with whisper sync so I can continue to listen after I kiss this membership good-bye four days from now.  I think Alexa knows how to whisper sync.  If not, I will whip out the bluetooth speaker and listen the old fashioned way.  Do you listen to your content, or read it?  Do you use books printed on paper or electronic devices to read?  Do tell, gentle reader.

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