I have been sold on the value of books on tape for a long time now. But sadly my old standby BooksOnTape.com stopped renting and then, as an added insult, decimated their collection down to bestsellers. No sign of a long tail here. They seem to have some deal with Audible.com, so I took my business there to give it a try.
At this point, people who are not too lazy to visit public libraries sometimes observe that I need not be spending lots of money for my audible fix. As I understand it, piles of entertaining books can be had at these “libraries” for free. But I have not yet personally verified the veracity of this outrageous claim. Now where did I leave that Visa card…?
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Actually, you can compile a list of books you plan to listen to and put them in your “My Next Listen” section. Then at the end of the month, if you’ve forgotten to pick a book, Audible will draw from that section for you and you won’t lose your credit.
Thanks for the advice. Since my post mostly complained about Audible, I should mention here that I sent Audible a note with my concerns spelled out, and they sent me a pleasant and helpful reply, including your advice here. I’ll use “My Next Listen” in the future, but I still don’t get why they can’t just keep my credit on record. I understand their (financial) motivation but I don’t see how they expect to convince me their behavior is reasonable.
… and I just noticed that Audible is finally doing RSS feeds (courtesy of FeedBurner). Good on them!
I know this post is old and you may not be a member any longer, but I just received an email today from Audible stating that they’re removing the “My Next Listen” feature to make room for other things – apparently “we sometimes have to retire features to make way for new ones”. I’m baffled by this – this is a step backwards and the only purpose I can see for removing it is to cheat people out of their money and credits.
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