All arguments about whether listening counts as reading per se aside, audiobooks are awesome, and I wish I could listen to more, but until recently I felt too stymied by unnecessary limitations, and terrible value propositions to give my business to the people who create audiobooks. After some sleuthing, however I discovered tons of great ways to save money on long-form audio entertainment. In fact, since many of these are free, and some are viable alternatives to paid services, I sense a renaissance coming.
I've saved the best for last. Let's start by evaluating the cheapness of the status quo:
At the moment, Audible.com is inescapable for podcast listeners. This Amazon-owned service has relentlessly advertised to audio entertainment enthusiasts for years, and by now we know the pitch by heart: "Sign up today to get a free audiobook of your choice." But we have questions about what we actually get for signing up, and the answers aren't very convincing.
By Mike.PearlGuest Blogger
Money Saving Tips
The following is an excerpt from a book I think Savings.com readers
would greatly enjoy: "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech
Secrets." It's chock full of great tips like this one, and it's
insanely cheap at just $4.99. You can read it on your Kindle, your
smartphone, your tablet, or even your Mac or PC.
Nepotism alert: I wrote it. But as you'll see from the glowing user
reviews, it more than pays for itself.
These days I read books mostly on an electronic device, be it a
Kindle or my smartphone. And I'm starting to make the same
transition with magazines. There's a lot to like about reading,
say, Entertainment Weekly (don't judge me!) on my iPad, not the
least of which is that it typically gets "delivered" there two days
before the print version arrives in my mailbox.
If you've never tried reading magazines this way, now's your
chance. For a limited time, you can get a free three-month
subscription to AnyTime. Normally that would cost you $30. Just
click the green Purchase button in the top-right corner of the
screen, then apply coupon code DEALNEWS3 when you
get to the checkout screen.
AnyTime is an all-you-can-eat (sorry, all-you-can-read)
digital magazine service for iPad.
If you're anything like me, you've got shelves (or boxes)
packed with books you've already read and don't necessarily want
You could donate them or try to sell them in your next garage
sale, sure, but why not swap them for newer books you do
That's the idea behind PaperBackSwap.com, a kind of matchmaking service
for book lovers.Â
It works like this: After signing up for an account, you enter
all the books you have available for trade. If another user wants
your book, you'll get an e-mail requesting it. From there you can
print a mailing label or "wrapper" (including postage if you want,
or you can add your own).
Every time you mail out a book, you earn a credit. Every time
you "buy" a book, a credit is deducted. In other words, you have to
send books to get books.
It's that time of year: costumes, pumpkins, candy, and, best
of all, Halloween books. When my kids were younger, we'd pull out a
special bin of them when the calendar struck October, then enjoy a
month of reading these special stories before they'd get packed
away until next year. (The books, not the kids.)
Of course, who needs a bin when you've got a tablet? These
days you can read lots of Halloween-themed classics--old and new
alike--with just a few taps. What's more, most of these e-book apps
offer interactive features that their paper counterparts can't
Here's a look at five great Halloween e-books for kids and
adults to enjoy together.