Audible has just entered the Japanese market with a subscription based system that allows you to listen to unlimited amount of audiobooks for 1,500 yen per month. If you are on the fence and not sure if this service is for you there is an initial 30-day free trial period.
There are two thousand audiobooks in Japanese that are available right now and Audible plans to boost that figure by this fall to more than 10,000 titles, including novels, business books, recorded storytelling performances and works from other genres. You can listen to as many audio editions as you want, as long as your smartphone or tablet is running Android or iOS.
It is important to note that Audible is doing something truly unique in Japan that should help it surpass local competition, such as Tokyo-based Otobank. They are offering an all you can eat subscription service, which is a stark contrast to their North American and UK business model which merely offers a book of the month type club.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.