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Audio books, podcasts and the like are enjoying increasing popularity. No wonder, after all, they are the perfect entertainment for everyday life. Whether driving with the kids, cooking in the kitchen or just relaxing on the couch – listening to audio books can be calming and exciting at the same time, depending on what you’re listening to. In order to meet the steadily growing demand, more and more digital streaming services for audio books and radio plays are trying to enter the market. But in which service is your money really well invested? We compared the two providers Audible * and BookBeat * and reveal which audio book service is really worthwhile.
BookBeat vs. Audible – which one is better?
No other service can compete with Audible * when it comes to the number of available titles. With a selection of more than 200,000 novels, thrillers, non-fiction books, language courses and more, Audible offers you the greatest variety. Subscribers also have access to an extensive free podcast library. But: Audible members can only listen to one audiobook per month for free. However, if you don’t feel like buying audio books for a month, the amount of 9.95 will be credited to you for the following month.
BookBeat * does it differently. There you will get an hourly workload of at least 25 listening hours per month (upgrades to unlimited listening hours are possible for a surcharge) to browse the 100,000 audio books. You are not limited to one book, you can change it as often as you like. However, hours that have not been exhausted cannot be carried over to the next month.
BookBeat and Audible: can you download tracks and listen to them offline?
To save your data volume, you can easily download audiobooks from BookBeat * and Audible * and listen to them offline. At BookBeat, however, the associated app is only available for smartphones and tablets. Audible, on the other hand, offers the option of listening to audiobooks on smartphones, PCs, laptops and tablets, Amazon Echo devices and even in the car via Apple Carplay.
Which service is cheaper – BookBeat or Audible?
Audible * offers all new customers a free trial period of 30 days. Amazon Prime members * even get 60 days. If the subscription is not canceled afterwards, you will pay 9.95 euros per month after the trial period. At BookBeat * the free trial period is only two weeks. However, you can choose between three offers there.
- BookBeat basic offer: 25 listening hours per month for 9.99 euros.
- BookBeat Standard Offer: 100 listening hours per month for 14.99 euros.
- BookBeat Premium Offer: Unlimited listening pleasure for 19.99 euros per month.
For 4.90 euros a month you can also add up to 4 family members to your account.
BookBeat and Audible: How do I return and cancel?
If at some point you don’t feel like it anymore, both BookBeat * and Audible * make it easy to pause your subscription or cancel it the following month. At Audible you even have the option of returning it. If while listening to a book you find that you don’t like it, you can simply return it. Since you can listen to BookBeat beforehand, this is not possible here.
BookBeat vs. Audible – that is our conclusion
Even if there is no real loser, Audible * is definitely one step ahead. There you will not only find a selection of audiobooks that is twice as large, but also a much longer test period. And if you cancel, your Audible library will continue to exist (in case you want to re-register in the future).
But if you can’t get enough of audiobooks and think that one audiobook a month will not satisfy you, then BookBeat * might be a little more interesting. With the standard package you can listen for up to 100 hours and with the premium package even an unlimited amount of listening.
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