Audiobooks are expensive. Fact. Enough said. End post.
But seriously, the first time I looked at buying an Audible subscription I was outraged at the price. $15 a month, and all I get is one measly book? I’m trying to crack 100 books in a year here people, one a month isn’t going to help me much. Sorry Amazon, you and your drones are not getting my money this time.
But there are some books that I would really like to read on audio (Amy Poehler reading her memoir with assorted celebrity guests. Ummm, Yes Please (pun intended)). So I looked at the individual price of an audio book and it was roughly the same price as a paperback, but lacking that all-important physical form to display on my bookshelf. How would anyone know that I’ve read it?
For some reason I had it in my head that audiobooks would cost about the same as an ebook – I mean, the form you get them in is pretty much the same, it’s just a file with a different extension. But then I actually engaged my brain for a second and realised I was being was totally unfair. Obviously it’s more expensive to produce an audio book than it is an ebook – some poor sucker has to sit there and read the bloody thing into a microphone – and when that poor sucker is the author or someone famous, then there is obviously going to be some money changing hands.
Knowing this doesn’t change how I feel though – they’re expensive, and I’m not convinced they are worth it. What do you think?
Categories: Book life