• Laura Prince

    Mustn’t forget Stephen Fry’s reading of Harry Potter!

  • jimmysuggs

    I can’t quite figure out the point of this post. It seems kind of obvious why audiobooks are more expensive than ebooks, given the fact that audiobooks require studio time, editing, voice talent, etc. It’s like asking why cars cost more than bicycles. The answer is so glaringly obvious that I’m not sure anyone needs it pointed out.

  • But routinely, I find that audiobooks through audible are cheaper than the kindle or hardcover editions when I am purchasing them.

  • Dan Gilligan

    I think a little understanding of how these costs are spread out over number of purchases is in order. $6,000 to $17,000 spread out over the average purchase populations could be less than a few dollars per purchase. Printing and distribution costs should also be considered when comparing prices to printed books.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    Because that’s what they can charge.

    And people will spend the money because smartphones have made it very easy to listen to books all the time.

    What a time to be alive

  • Martha Smith

    Really? That has not been my experience. Are you talking backlist audio? Current best-sellers? Member-only sales? What category of books should I be seeking out on audible? 🙂

  • If you buy with subscription credits, then it is rare that a new book will be cheaper in any other format. Right now if you are buying the annual 24 credits plan you are getting them for just over $9 per book. No matter what the cost of the book, you get it for one credit except for a very occasional really long book. Most new kindle books are now $9.99 to 12.99. Most hardcovers or new release paperbacks are higher than that.

    Sales sometimes make it even cheaper.

  • Martha Smith

    Hmm, I’ll have to look into that annual plan. I didn’t see it available the last time I looked (very likely I was looking too quickly). Thanks

  • TheAudiobookworm

    Just because it’s obvious to you, doesn’t mean it’s obvious to everyone. I knew the reasoning behind audiobook expenses, but others may not have. Now they do. Thus, the point of the post.

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