Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What's Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day has officially started! Here's everything you need to know, including our picks for the best deals.

First launched back in 2015, Prime Day has become one of the biggest sales of the year, with major markdowns on everything from electronics to fitness gear to smart home gadgets. The exact details of Prime Day change from year to year. This year, the sale is going to be on July 16. But you don't have to wait until then to save: Pre-sales will be announced a few days before the actual event.
How to find the best Amazon Prime Day deals?

The first thing you need to do is make sure you're an Amazon Prime member; all Prime Day sales are exclusive to members. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial during your first month of Prime, and it's then $119 a year. If you're not already a member, trust me, it's worth every penny: you get access to tons of freebies (music, videos, e-books, and audio streaming services), as well as free 2-day shipping on qualifying items.
Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale!
Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells. With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you'll see between now and Black Friday. 

What are you waiting for?  Add the best deal to your cart ASAP!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Why should You Back up Audible Books?

Audible Audiobooks distributed by Audible.com are DRMed AA/AAX files which can be only played on Audible itself, or on specific apps authorized by your Audible account. Even though you have purchased the Audible books, it doesn‘t mean they are totally owned by you. Due to the DRM protection, you only have the right to listen to the purchased book, but you can’t have the Audible books at your disposal. For example, first and foremost, AA and AAX are not the common audio format, like MP3. So it‘s very inconvenient to play Audible AA/AAX books on mainstream MP3 player or other music apps; Second, you can’t share your Audible books to your best friends directly or without any limitations; Third, if someday Audible website no long exist, so will your Audible books. Why not back up Audible books in case something bad or unexpected happened? In my opinion, it‘s very necessary to back up Audible books in order to take full control of your paid content.
How to Back up Audible Books?
The prerequisite of backing up Audible books is to get rid of the DRM protection. While the most useful to do that is Epubor Audible Converter which can decrypted AA/AAX books as well as convert AA/AAX to MP3 losslessly with the fastest speed. What's more, it's the cheapest Audible DRM Removal software that can get the best result comparing to other similar software. You can follow the below steps to back up Audible books.
Step 1, download Epubor Audible Converter to your computer.
Tips: The trial version software can allow you to download the first 3 minutes of the decrypted book. If you are a license user, you need to input the billing email or order number to register it first, then you will get the full content.
Step 2, drag and drop Audible books to the main window to convert AA/AAX to MP3.
If your Audible book is an AA file, then you will get a MP3 file after the successful decryption. Because AA file is actually an encrypted MP3 file. But if your Audible book is an AAX file, then you will get a M4B file after the successful decryption. Because AAX file is actually an encrypted M4B file. Next you need to click Convert to MP3 to get decrypted MP3 file.
Tips: Epubor Audible Converter can only accept AA/AAX format, so don‘t try to drag and drop the decrypted M4B file to Epubor Audible Converter. When converting AAX to MP3, all you need to is add the AAX to Epubor Audible Converter, then click Convert to MP3 after the successful decryption.
As you can see, it's so easy to remove DRM and convert AA/AAX to MP3 using Epubor Audible Converter to back up Audible books. Now you can make the full use of your converted Audible books.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Amazon Reveals Top 20 Picks for the Best Books of 2018

In mid-JuneAmazon has released its annual list of the best books of the year so far.
All year, Amazon.com's editorial team reads with an eye for the Best Books of the Month. They scour reviews and book news for early tips on what readers have loved, swap books amongst ourselves, and fan out to tear through as many books as possible. Then they face off in a monthly Best Books selection meeting to champion the books they think will resonate most with readers. Next they look through the best books published between January and June before casting ballots for the Best Books of the Year So Far. The titles that made their Best of the Month lists are considered, but they also look at books they might have missed through their Best of the Month selection process.

Amazon.com's editorial team have great passion for uniting readers of all ages and tastes with their next favorite reads, helping their customers find terrific gifts for booklovers, and drawing more attention to the best books by exceptional authors of all stripes.
If there’s a book which attracts your interest in that list, why not purchase it? Fortunately for you, if you want to decrypted your purchased book and share it with your friends or family members, you can use Epubor Ultimate to remove DRM from your books and take full control of your books.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Google Launches its Own Podcast App— Google Podcast

Have you read the news that Google introduce a new standalone podcast app for Android on 20 June, 2018?
This app is a good start, but is missing some key features. The UI is nice and new, the podcast search and discovery is very good and I imagine that it will only get better as it learns more about your interests, and in general it's a pleasing app to use. However, it is missing a couple of major things such as Chromecast, podcast queues, and playlists of any kind. Until these features are added, it's going to be a bit of a deal breaker for me.

Google says: Google Podcast will use Google’s recommendation algorithms in an effort to connect people with shows they might enjoy based on their listening habits. While podcasts have previously been available on Android through Google Play Music and third-party apps, Google says the company expects Podcasts to bring the form to hundreds of millions of new listeners around the world.

In the coming months, Google plans to add a suite of features to Podcasts that are powered by artificial intelligence. One feature will add closed captions to your podcast, so you can read along as you listen. It’s a feature that could be useful to people who are hard of hearing or for anyone who is listening in a noisy environment.

Now Google Podcasts is a new way for Android users to discover and listen to the world’s podcasts. You can subscribe to any show for free and download episodes for offline listening. All your listening is automatically synced across devices so you can pause on one device and resume on another with the Google Assistant. Aren't you excited about this terrific news?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Who will Win World Cup 2018?

The World Cup 2018 is in full swing and some of the best players in world football are gracing the stage in Russia.
With 32 teams taking part it can be difficult to predict a winner, but some teams are inevitably better equipped than others when it comes to personnel. However, at every major tournament there is always room for a dark horse to upset the established order.

As of today, let's review the score. Despite failing to win their opening game against Switzerland, Brazil remain the favourites to lift the trophy according to dabblebetHowever, the reigning champions Germany have taken a hit following their shock defeat to Mexico in their opening match. Cristiano Ronaldo's first World Cup hat-trick helped Portugal to a 3-3 draw with Spain. Though Iceland record their first-ever World Cup point after coming from behind at the Otkrytie Arena, Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Iceland secured a famous 1-1 draw with Argentina.

So many unexpected things happened. Which team do you think will win the World Cup 2018? If you successfully predict the result, you will get a 100 days free license for Epubor software. This campaign will end on June 30, 2018. Come on and leave the comment below.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Why Choose Epubor Ultimate?

Amazon Forbid Australian to Buy Digital Content on Amazon.com

On May 31, 2018, Amazon announced that they will no longer allow Australians to buy digital content through Amazon.com and are forcing everyone to use the dedicated Australian page. Hundreds of thousands of customers will lose access to their ebooks on July 1st because Amazon does not allow customers to transfer Kindle purchases from one country to another.

Amazon no longer allowing Australian shoppers to buy digital content through its main Amazon.com website will be a serious blow to people who purchased ebooks legitimately. The Kindle platform is only attached to a specific account with one of its websites. If you have accounts through both Amazon.com and Amazon.au, you can only register an app or a Kindle through one account. This means you have to choose one store or another. If you purchase 50 books from the Amazon.com, you will only be able to read those books and will not be able to buy new ones. If you want to start doing business with the Australian Kindle store, you won’t be able to read any of your past purchases anymore.

So now it is very necessary for you to back up your purchased kindle books, then you can read your kindle books anywhere you want. First of all, you need to remove DRM from kindle books to gain full control of your purchased books. So next I am going to introduce you the most powerful Amazon Kindle DRM Removal—Epubor Ultimate to decrypt your purchased Kindle books.

Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.
Step 2, download Kindle books to your computer with Kindle for PC/Mac.
Tip: Epubor Ultimate can also automatically detect your books downloaded by Kindle device.
Step 3, run Epubor Ultimate, add your Kindle book to the right main window to remove DRM. The books will be decrypted immediately as soon as you add it to the main window(Batch decryption is supported).
Kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac will be saved as azw format and displayed under Kindle Tab in the left sidebar. See image below:

While Kindle books downloaded via Kindle devices will be saved as KFX format and displayed under Kindle Device Tab in the left sidebar. See image below:

Tip: Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect your downloaded books without adding books manually.

Epubor Ultimate is the must-have Amazon DRM Removal for you to get rid of Amazon Kindle DRM and back up all of your purchased books.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

B&N will No Longer Support 1st Gen Nooks from June 29

Barnes and Noble has started sending out emails to customers informing them that because of advancements in their eReader technology, they are unable to continue to support the 1st Gen NOOK from June 29.

So from June 29, 2018, 1st Gen NOOK users will not be able to purchase new content, register with a BN.com account, or sign in using a NOOK account on your NOOK 1st Edition. However, you will still be able to access your existing library, or download new content, by using our NOOK Reading Apps for iOS, Android, or Windows, on mobile and tablet devices, as well as any of our other NOOK devices.

Without no doubt, this unexpected news has caused great inconvenience to the 1st Gen NOOK users. Maybe someone needs to buy a new Nook eReader which allows them to use their Nook account or buy books. Fortunately for you, there’s a great tool for you to back up your purchased Nook books to your computer. So next I’m go to tell you how to back up your Nook books with Epubor Ultimate.  
     Step 1. Download Epubor Ultimate software to your computer.
     Step 2Run Epubor Ultimate, click the Setting button>>Nook to input your Nook account and password.

1   Step 3. Register Nook for PC or Nook Study to download Nook books to your computer. And you’ll see the downloaded Nook books are displayed under Nook column in the left sidebar.

2   Step 4. Add the Nook books to the right main window to remove DRM.

     Note: If you also need to convert the decrypted Nook books’ format, you can choose the output format Mobi/AZW3/Epub/PDF/TXT and hit the conversion button.

     Epubor Ultimate is the most powerful eBook DRM Removal and eBook Converter. Anyway, with Epubor Ultimate, you will never lose your Nook books any more.

Monday, May 28, 2018

What’s the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR)?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which has came into force from 25th of May 2018 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the European Union and European Economic Area. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
What is GDPR compliance?
GDPR establishes a set of compliance and security processes around managing personally identifiable information so that it is not misused.
Data breaches inevitably happen. Information gets stolen or otherwise released into the hands of people who have malicious intent. However, under the terms of GDPR, not only will organizations have to ensure that personal data is gathered, but those who collect and manage it will be obliged to protect it from misuse - or face penalties for not doing so.
What is a GDPR breach notification?
Organizations will be obliged to report any breaches which are likely to result in a risk to the rights of individuals and lead to discrimination, damage to reputation, financial loss, or any other economic or social disadvantage. This will need to be done via a breach notification, which must be delivered directly to the victims. It must be a one-to-one correspondence with those affected.

GDPR is built upon trust in order to make Europe fit for the digital age. With solid common standards for data protection, people can be sure they are in control of their personal information.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Best 5 Free Online Backup Service

Cloud storage service is an Internet hosting service specifically designed to host user files. Storing files in the cloud has many advantages. You can view your files from any phone, tablet or computer that's connected to the Internet, and the cloud can also provide backup for files so they'll never disappear if your phone gets lost or your computer crashes. Fortunately for you, we've rounded up the best 5 free online file storage to help you pick the one that's right for you.

1. Google Drive 

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. It allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses a Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.

Google Drive offers 15GB of free cloud storage. If you need more than the 15GB of free cloud storage, for $1.99 per month customers get 100GB of storage, and for $9.99 per month customers receive 1TB of storage.

2. Box 

Box, winner of PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award, is a cloud content management and file sharing service for personal accounts and businesses. This service is more of a business-collaboration and work-flow solution than a storage service. In addition, the business versions of Box include access to a variety of work programs, which are integrated with Box's cloud storage and services. Box is fast, secure and simple to use, so you can be productive from anywhere, which is the reason many businesses, including General Electric, P&G and The GAP securely access and manage their critical information with Box. It is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

The free package gives you 10GB of free space, but the upgrade is expensive, at $10/month for only 100GB of storage.

3. Microsoft OneDrive 

OneDrive is a file hosting service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. It allows users to store files as well as other personal data like Windows settings in the cloud. Files can be synced to a PC and accessed from a web browser or a mobile device, as well as shared publicly or with specific people. It's the obvious cloud storage service for Windows users because it's built into Windows 10. OneDrive's biggest strength is that it works closely with Microsoft Office apps, such as Word or PowerPoint.

OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge. There are paid-for plans, of course, and you'll get 50GB of storage for only $1.99 per month. And if you sign up for Office 365 (as well as all of the other Office 365 features) for $59.99 per year, you get 1TB of space.

4. Amazon Drive 

Amazon Drive is a cloud storage application managed by Amazon. It offers secure cloud storage, file backup, file sharing, and photo printing. Using an Amazon account, the files and folders can be transferred and managed from multiple devices including web browsers, desktop applications, mobiles, and tablets. Access all of your documents from anywhere, and share them with friends and family, without having to log on to your computer.

All Amazon users receive 5GB of free storage. If you need more than 5GB storage, then for $59.99 per year you can have unlimited storage.

5. Dropbox 

Dropbox is one of the only cloud storage services to offer clients for Linux and Blackberry, alongside the usual Windows, macOS, Android and iOS standards. There's an official Windows Phone app too. Dropbox isn't the first cloud-based storage service, but it is the one that popularized it. Dropbox can create a special folder on the user's computer, the contents of which are then synchronized to Dropbox's servers and to other computers and devices that the user has installed Dropbox on, keeping the same files up-to-date on all devices.

Dropbox has received many praise, including the Crunchie Award in 2010 for Best Internet Application, and Macworld's 2009 Editor's Choice Award for Software. The free Basic account comes with a paltry 2GB of storage. You can upgrade to the 1TB plan for $9.99 per month.

Online cloud storage has greatly benefit our work as well as daily life. It provides us a secure place to back up our all kind of files, and gives us access to the content from anywhere with the desktop and mobile apps on iOS and Android, and share them with friends and family without having to log in your computer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Manage and Export Kindle Notes and Highlights

Kindle is the treasure trove full of amazing books, filled with all the important highlights and notes you have made with them. So if you are a big fan of exporting all kindle highlights and notes to your computer or to Evernote where can keep these precious memory vividly with time passing by, then the below tools can do you a big favor.

Tool 1: Evernote Web Clipper
Thanks to Amazon's e-reader hardware and the apps it makes for other gadgets, its Kindle e-books can be read on numerous devices. And the highlights and notes you make in your Kindle books, no matter which screen you have been using, are all synchronized over the Internet — and you can see all those annotations online Amazon Kindle page. On the Your Highlights page, you can add, edit or delete notes to your books, copy and paste the text, and print the list from your web browser.
So if you want to export Kindle notes and highlights from the website to Evernote application, you also need to install the Evernote Web Clipper to your computer. Next, all you need to do is select all the notes and highlights of one book, then click the icon of Evernote Web Clipper to clip the content to Evernote application.

Tool 2: Klib
Klib is a new way to manage highlights and notes for Kindle & iBooks. As a great clippings manger, Klib could help you gain more from reading. Every time you starts Klib, Klib will automatically import highlights from Amazon, and then export to Evernote. Your highlights will be safe and accessible everywhere via Evernote.
1. How to import from kindle
Click the menu File>Import from Kindle… in Klib after connecting your Kindle to your Mac via USB. Then choose the Kindle folder in the pop up dialog and start Import.
Tips: You only need to import manually the first time. Later Klib will automatically import your notes the next time when your Kindle connects.
2. How to export to Evernote
Click the menu item File > Export to Evernote… in Klib. And you need to authorize when exporting for the first time. Later, Klib will automatically export to Evernote on startup or when importing new notes.

Tool 3: Clippings.io
Clippings.io is a website which offers an easy way to organize your Kindle notes and highlights as well as help you export it. Follow the below steps to export kindle notes and highlights to Evernote.
1. You will need both an Evernote and Clippings.io account. Both are very simple to set up and are free.
2. In your Clippings.io homepage, go to Account settings page to configure Evernote. You will be asked to sign in with your Evernote details to authorize Clippings.io.
3. From your Clippings.io homepage, click on Import in the top-left corner after connecting Kindle to your computer. Then select the kindle book which you want to export the notes and highlights.
4. Click on Evernote after you select Export. Here, you get another opportunity to change your Evernote settings, such as the inclusion of notes and tags. Next click Start Export. When the export is finished, a link will appear which allows you to view your highlights and notes in Evernote.

Tool 4: KindleMate
Kindle Mate is a neat and efficient tool with rich features designed to sync, organize, import & export Kindle clippings (Kindle highlights and notes) and Kindle Vocabulary Builder words on computer. Just connecting Kindle to your computer, Kindle Mate can auto-sync, import Kindle highlights, notes and vocabulary words, and the synced content will be organized by author, title, words learning status, lookup frequency.
If you want to export notes and highlights of one Kindle book, you can right-click the book title and select Export to File.

Now you can manage and edit your kindle notes and highlights as you like.

Friday, May 18, 2018

How to import personal documents to Kindle for iOS on iPad/iPhone?

On top of Kindle books you purchased from Amazon, you can also send your personal documents directly to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad via Kindle Personal Documents Service.
The following file types are supported by the service:
Document Files (.DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .TXT, .RTF)
Image Files (.JPEG, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP)
eBooks (.MOBI, .AZW, .PRC)
Personal files other than those formats cannot be imported to your Kindle app or devices.
These personal documents can be sent from an authorized email address or a Send to Kindle application.
Method 1. You can send the personal documents to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad by emailing them to your Send to Kindle email address. Your Send to Kindle email address is a unique address that is assigned to you when you register your compatible device. To be delivered successfully, an email can contain up to 25 attachments. It can be sent to up to 15 distinct Send to Kindle email addresses. The total size of your documents should be 50 MB or less. Please ensure the sender's email address is added to your Approved Personal Document Email List.
Method 2. You can send the personal documents to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad from a Send to Kindle application. Please download and install Send to Kindle for PC or Send to Kindle for Mac on your computer. Right click on the personal file and select "Send to Kindle". Deliver it to your iPad.
P.S. Only DRM free personal documents can be imported to your Kindle app for iOS on your iPad, hence I highly recommend you to install the best eBook DRM removal and converter – Epubor Ultimate!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ultimate Way to Remove Kindle KFX DRM

Epubor Ultimate is the only tool crafted to work on Kindle KFX DRM removal directly without installing any plug-in or downgrading the version of Kindle for PC/Mac. It’s easy to operate and handle your KFX files efficiently.
To ensure the successful DRM removal and format conversion, please don’t relocate the path that stores the KFX files. You must keep the entire KFX files that make up the eBook intact. Any file or subfolder is missing will lead to failure of DRM removal or format conversion.

Step 1. Install Epubor Ultimate

Step 2. Run Epubor Ultimate

Once you launch Epubor Ultimate, it will detect and load your Kindle books from your Kindle eInk Reader and Kindle desktop app automatically.
Click on “eReader or “Kindle” tab, and you’ll see all your Kindle books are listed in the left side column. You can also drag and drop the KFX books to the main interface of the program. The KFX books are decrypted automatically when they’re loaded to the program.
KFX books downloaded from Kindle eInk Readers are saved in .kfx extention.
KFX books downloaded from Kindle for PC/Mac v1.19 or later are saved in .azw extension.
You can see a checkmark and "Decrypted" next to the KFX books you've removed DRM from. Double click on "Decrypted", the decrypted file output folder will prompt automatically.
On the bottom part, you can choose the output conversion format, click “Convert to XXX” button, and the program starts to decrypt the books and convert the formats simultaneously. Once the conversion is done, the output converted folder will be opened and prompted automatically.
Heads up: Please ensure the KFX books are purchased via your own Amazon account and downloaded via Kindle e-ink device or Kindle for PC/MAC installed on your computer. The books must be associated with your Amazon account. Loaned books or books obtained from other sources cannot be supported by the program.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Best Kindle AZW3 Readers for iOS

It’s universally known that AZW3 is the Amazon proprietary format and all AZW3 books delivered by Amazon have DRM encryption. Hence, the DRMed AZW3 books can only be read on Kindle related devices or apps. However, Kindle for iOS is not an option when it comes to reading AZW3 books on an iOS device. We’ve tested and found that AZW3 files cannot be read on Kindle for iOS but can be read on Kindle for Android.

Then what apps on earth can read AZW3 books on an iPad or iPhone, you wonder? Please take a look at the following Best AZW3 Readers for iOS:
TotalReader: Rating 4.5 points (according to 57 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Wide range of supported formats (fb2, epub, mobi, azw, prc, chm, fbz, rtf, txt, djvu, pdf, xps, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, pages, numbers, key, cbr, cbz, cb7, cbt)
2. Compatible with all popular archive formats (rar, zip, 7z, gz, tar ...)
3. Speech synthesizer
4. Integration with popular cloud services(Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk)
5. Integration with popular network services(SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, DLNA)
KyBook: Rating 4.3 points (according to 199 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Supports eBooks in EPUB, FictionBook (fb2, fbz, fb2.zip), TXT, RTF, PDF, DJVU, CHM, Comic Book (cbr, cbz) and Audio Book (mp3, m4a, m4b) formats.
2. Online book catalogs(OPDS) and network folders
3. Integrated with Google Books, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Yandex Disc
4. Integrated with social networking services (Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte)
5. Flexible reading mode settings
6. DJVU, CHM, Tor Network and 'Speed Reading' requires in-app purchase "Upgrade to Pro Version".
Mobi Reader: Rating 4.6 points (according to 27 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Wi-Fi Transfer allows user to download/upload few media files with one click
2. Integrated with cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk)
3. Integrated with network services (SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, DLNA)
4. Maximal support OPDS standards
5. Users can contact technical support and leave a comment without quitting the application
Librairie: Rating 4.3 points (according to 199 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. iOS Cloud Ebook Reader – works with DRM FREE EPUB, MOBI and AZW3 files
2. Automatically scans your cloud accounts (Dropbox, OneDrive or Goole Drive) to find your ebooks and presents them in a nice looking library
3. Stream your ebooks from the cloud - No space taken on your device
4. Convert your ebooks in ePub, MOBI and PDF file formats and export them to any compatible app on your device.
5. Clean and elegant typography - support for hyphenation and dynamic page numbers
Traditionally AZW3 files do not work on Apple devices. But I can tell you some solutions to bypass the limitation, liberate your purchased AZW3 books, and allow you to read them on an Apple device. The only prerequisite is you must remove the DRM from the AZW3 books. Without stripping DRM, the AZW3 books are locked by Amazon and are confined to be read on Kindle eInk readers, Kindle desktop app, and Kindle for Android.
I don’t want to brag about the magic tool, Epubor Ultimate, but it does work like a charm!
As the most easy-to-use eBook DRM Removal and Format Converter, Epubor Ultimate only requires one-click to get things done.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Comparison between Audible and Google Play Audiobook Pricing Strategies

Google brought audiobooks to Google Play Store in January 2018 while Audible still takes the lead and pulls ahead of its contenders in audiobook market. In this post, I’m going to compare the audiobook services provided by Audible and Google in terms of pricing strategy respectively.


Audible is well known for its membership subscription plans which subscribers pay a monthly/annual fee and get credits in return. The Gold plan is priced at $14.95 per month for 1 credit, and the Platinum plan is priced at $22.95 per month for 2 credits. Once you’re an Audible member, you can buy 1 audiobook for 1 credit no matter how much the audiobook costs. All Audible members can make regular audiobook purchases at a 30% discount. A limited number of unused credits can be rolled over into the next month or year, depending on which membership plan and the amount of allotted credits. Audible members have unlimited listening access to all Audible Channels content.
Actually there’s a hidden Silver plan that Audible doesn’t advertise. Audible Silver membership plan costs $14.95 every two months, instead of every month. You still only get one free credit every time your subscription renews. If six books a year is enough for you, then Silver plan suits you well. There is no quick access to this silver subscription, you have to go to Audible customer service page and start a chat to ask them to downgrade your membership to silver.
While Audible constantly pushes its membership plans, it also lets you buy the individual audiobook from Audible, but the prices especially for new titles are fairly expensive. Good news is that Audible offers a DAILY DEAL where you can pick up cheap title to listen to: today’s deal is Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters, which costs only 2.95$ (the regular price is 26.59$). An added benefit with Audible is it offers aggressive discount on the audio companion if you’ve already bought its ebook on Amazon. If you’ve bought Danny Baker’s Going on the Turn on Amazon, you just need to pay 2.99$ rather than the regular price 20.65$ to get the audiobook version from Audible.


Google doesn't adopt any membership plan for its audiobook service. You need to pay for individual titles at their shelf price. At the initial stage, Google is running a promotion where most audiobooks are heavily discounted. It’s offering a decent range of titles (including older classic titles and new releases) on limited time offers. Google also offers a 50% discount on your first audiobook. For now, no discount is offered on a Google Play audiobook if you’ve already purchased the eBook version. As for this point, those who enjoy swapping between ebook and audiobook have a firm reason to stick with Audible.
If you’re a Google Home device owner, you probably get a promo email from Google saying some Google Home users can redeem a complimentary audiobook of their choice for free. The promotion is valid until February 9th, 2019.
Audible is cheaper if you are listening to one or more audiobook per month, let alone it offers a 30-day-Audible-free-trial-membership. If you’re not a regular listener and not preoccupied with new releases, it’s always cheaper to buy off the shelf. Right now, Google Audiobooks is a better alternative for selective titles because of the heavy promotional discounts. However, once the promotion period ends, prices will be back to normal, and Google may lose its price advantage in the long run.
Through the above comparison, we can see that Audible audiobook is superior to Google audiobook service in terms of pricing plans. However, Audiobooks downloaded from Audible website are in the Amazon proprietary format AAX or AA. The Audible audiobooks are locked by DRM which prevents you from sharing your purchased audiobooks with your friends. Moreover, the DRMed Audible audiobook are confined to be played on selected Audible supported players or devices, so you can’t transfer them among multiple platforms and devices. Given the above situation, it’s imperative to remove Audible DRM and convert their formats to a universal audio format such as mp3, wma, wac, etc.
Epubor Audible Converter is a powerful tool dedicated to stripping DRM from your purchased Audible audiobooks and converting the AA and AAX formats to mp3 or other compatible DRM free formats.
For more information please read this article: Ultimate Way to Remove Audible DRM and Convert AAX/AA to MP3