PC and mobile users who listen to a lot of audiobooks each month may appreciate a new service from the folks at Audiobooks.com.
The site is kicking off its own cloud-based service that lets you listen to as many audiobooks as you want to the tune of $24.95 per month.
Accessible from any computer or Internet-connected mobile device, the new service is unlimited, so you can listen to the same book for as long as you want with no need to return it.
Since the books are stored in the cloud, you can also listen to any books at any time without downloading them or taking up space on your mobile device. And with Audiobooks.com's sync technology, you can listen to a book on one device, such as your PC, and then pick up where you left off on another device, such as your iPad or Android smartphone.
The site is touting a library of more than 10,000 books, including best sellers, new releases, and classics. Curious users can sign up for a free 7-day trial, while subscribers can cancel the service at any time.
"We believe our ability to empower users to use Audiobooks.com from anywhere using a mobile device, the cloud-based bookmarking function, and the affordable access to thousands of bestsellers will transform the way customers use audio books," Audiobooks.com CEO Sanjay Singhal said in a statement.
Using a free trial, I gave the site a spin on both my PC and my iPad.
You can easily browse for titles among the usual categories, such as business, biographies, science fiction, mysteries, and travel. Clicking on a specific category displays both recommended and popular books and lets you view a list of all available books.
Of course, you can also search for specific books by keyword, title, or author. I searched for one of my favorite authors, Robert Parker, and found a couple of dozen books written by the late mystery writer. The site even keeps track of your searches and offers recommendations based on your preferences.
Selecting a specific title displays the name, author, description, and other details, and gives you a chance to preview a sample of the book or listen to it in full. The sample plays directly from the Web page, while choosing the full book opens a dedicated audio player where you can play and pause the recording, adjust the volume, skip to a certain section, and bookmark a specific page.
And when I jumped from my PC to my iPad, I was able to see the same books I had already accessed and easily pick up where I left off.
Of course, a variety of other services also provide audiobooks online.
Audible.com, for example, offers a larger library with plans ranging from $14.95 to $22.95 a month, but it limits the number of books you can access.
If you want to be able to listen to as many books as possible anywhere and anytime, Audiobooks.com's new service seems worth checking out.