PROS / The site makes books available to anyone with any kind of computer or mobile device.
CONS / The site only offers purchases rather than a rental subscription.
VERDICT / AudiobookStore is an excellent way to get audiobooks for a decent price if you would rather own them than just keep renting.
If you want to buy an audiobook online and download it onto whatever system you want, be it a Mac or PC, then AudiobookStore is exactly the right place for you. With so many jobs that require mobility and hard work from employees, this will give you the opportunity to have a good book playing in the background while you travel or go about your long day’s work. With an audiobook subscription service like this, you will have plenty of time for reading and working.
Audiobook websites usually have great features, and AudiobookStore is no exception. There are over 50,000 titles and a search engine to help you find them. On the left side of the homepage, there is even a list of authors whose work is particularly well known, with links to their books.
One feature the site lacks is the ability to listen to a sample. When most other sites offer it, this is a pretty big shortcoming, and it leads into another problem on the site. It looks very outdated in comparison to other sites, and even though it is advanced in how many places you can download the books, having an advanced-looking audio service would entice more customers to utilize the site’s membership.
The site makes it easy to find books, but it could be a bit better organized in explaining how to sign up and how much a membership will cost. There is also the issue that plagues many downloading services: how long it takes to download something from the site onto your computer. Some downloads reportedly take longer on this site than on iTunes, and that disqualifies it from being the best audiobook service around.
The genres available in AudiobookStore’s library are pretty varied, but it does lack some of the titles that its competitors offer. There are no books from the Western genre in its options, and there are also no recommendations from the site or listings from sources such as The New York Times. There is a list of popular authors on the homepage, but none of their works are singled out for recommendation. Another genre missing from AudiobookStore is poetry and drama, so students who might want to listen to plays or poetry assigned from school might want to choose another site on our lineup. The emphasis in the site’s choices seems to be more commercial fiction, and it also does not have books on politics or relationships.
The Help & Support services are not the strongest we have seen on an audiobooks site. There is not a telephone number in case of emergencies, and the site lacks a user guide for its downloading services. No user forums exist for readers to discuss products or their impression of the site, even though there are reviews for books. An email service exists for customers, and to the site’s credit, the response time is very fast. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section, which does through a lot of the concerns you might have about downloading books.
Anyone who loves modern fiction and downloading rather than physical CDs will love this site. But if you want a site with more options in books, rentals and support services, you might want to look at all of your options before signing up.