Bardowl has just launched a Spotify type service for audiobooks! You can subscribe for the low cost of £9.99 and get unlimited access to audiobooks available via their streaming service. It will initially be released exclusively on iOS.
Titles at launch include Luke Johnson, Felix Dennis, and Karren Brady, as well as business and management classics from authors such as Stephen J Levitt, Michael Lewis, and John Adair. They currently have just over 100 audiobooks via their website.
Bath, UK based Bardowl in the past has won a Futurebook Innovation award for its technologies. Its service was first developed almost three years before Spotify officially launched. The company had troubles convincing publishers to adopt a subscription based model. Many of the companies it is trying to woo will pay close attention to the first few weeks of its launch. The prospective partners’ intention is to check out whether this is a viable way to distribute content and earn some revenue. The company is really hoping for 1,000 audiobooks to be available within a few months.
When you download an audiobook, it can be used for online or offline use. This is perfect for people who travel on airplanes or during a commute, where wireless internet access is not available
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.