Amazon Books vs Audible


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Amazon Books
The biggest online book store with multiple book reviews
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Audible
Download digital audiobooks online and listen on your iPhone, Android or mp3 player. 150000+ downloadable Audible audiobooks by best-selling authors. Owned by Amazon

Latest news about Amazon Books and Audible:



02.11.17. Audible launched new unlimited subscription service Romance . Audible Romance is a new unlimited subscription program that gives users access to thousands of audiobook titles. Listeners will be able to instantly see a romance title’s level of steaminess. It gives listeners access to 41 micro-categories and 131 story and character tropes that will allow listeners to explore deep into the catalog in fun ways and discover the romance titles that most appeal to their interests. Each micro-category will have its own browse page, and listeners can enjoy audio samples from each title included before diving into the full story. Audible Romance costs $6.95 per month as an add-on to an Audible membership. The price is $14.95 per month as a standalone service.



27.06.17. Amazon is renaming Kindle Books to Digital Books. Amazon is changing definitions: Kindle eBook and Kindle Edition become Digital Book or eBook. Removing the word Kindle from e-books informs users that they do not need an e-reader to read e-books, but there are now many different mediums Amazon employs for people to read or have books read aloud. For example you can now have e-books read aloud to you with the Amazon Echo and Alexa.



15.11.16. Amazon Prime Reading is now available on iPhone and iPad. Amazon Prime Reading is a new program where you can read as many books as you want from a revolving pool of titles, you can think of it as a scaled down version of Kindle Unlimited. There are around 1,000 e-books and magazines on the platform and today you can now read them on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. All of the e-books you read are totally compatible with Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads.



16.05.16. You can now give Audiobooks to your friends via Audible. Audible has just unveiled a new gifting feature that will allow you to share a single audiobook with your friends. Each recipient gets his or her first title through for free, and Audible will pay authors, actors and other rights holders the equivalent value of the title. If you are an Audible member and have purchased an audio title you can instantly send this book to your friends via e-mail, text, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, using their iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. If your friend is not a member of Audible, all they need to do is sign up for free account and they can listen to the one you shared with them.



29.03.16. Audible Clips allows to share audiobook passages. Audible opened a new program called Clips. It allows you to share 45-second clips of whatever you’re listening to and works everywhere from Facebook to SMS. Listeners love talking about books, authors, and narrators they are passionate about, and Clips makes it easier for our customers to start meaningful conversations with their friends and family directly from their audiobook whenever inspiration strikes. Clips can be shared across multiple destinations including Facebook, Twitter, SMS, e-mail, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more. The authors and narrators can use this tool to raise awareness of their audiobooks.



17.03.15. Amazon launched crowd-publishing platform Write On. Amazon has a new crowd-publishing platform called Write On, which is a direct competitor to Wattpad, the social network with self-publishing authors offering up their content for free, and working together with the community to incorporate feedback into their ongoing work. The Amazon version launched last October as an invite-only beta, but now it’s a full-fledged product available to all, and the beta label is gone. The Amazon platform allows anyone to share anything they’re working on at any stage. They can offer full works, chapters, outlines, vague character sketches or even just single snippets and poll the community for feedback. You don’t have to write to participate, either – anyone who wants only to read has plenty of content to browse and nibble on, organized by genre, and there’s a “shuffle” feature that brings you to a random work.



26.05.14. Amazon.com continues price battle against big publishers. Over the past few months, Amazon has been fighting a quiet battle with Hachette (one of the largest publishers in the world) to get more for "co-op" (that is, marketing dollars publishers spend with retailers to ensure certain in-store or, in Amazon’s case, on-website marketing).. Amazon was reportedly making it harder for readers to acquire the company’s titles. In addition to being slower to deliver Hachette products to customers, Amazon has also stopped discounting Hachette titles as much as before. Last week Amazon had removed preorder options for upcoming titles from publisher Hachette. Remind, that back in 2010, Amazon stopped selling titles of another big publisher - Macmillan. But after public protests Amazon capitulated.



2013. Amazon offering descounted ebooks for purchased print books. Amazon announced the new program called MatchBook, giving customers incentive to buy a digital version of any physical book ever purchased on the site. If you've ever bought a print version of a book on Amazon, you can now buy the Kindle edition at a hugely discounted price — from free to $2.99. This includes books bought back in 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore. In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish. The program launches in October.



2013. Overstock vs Amazon competition will reduce ebook prices. In the end of July US online retailer Overstock.com declared pricing war to Amazon,  offering (for a week) 360,000 books at least 10% below Amazon's price. After that Amazon matched Overstock’s lower prices step for step. Yesterday Overstock announced that it would extend its “10% below Amazon” price promotion for all the books in its online store, so the pricing war will stretch into a second week. Of course, these are print books, but the ebook ecosystem will be also affected for sure.