It never fails, no matter how inexpensive something can be, someone’s going to want it for less.
I stumbled across Jennie’s innocuous comment about audiobooks being expensive, and thought, “Hey, another audiobook fan!” And then I thought, “Wait, expensive? What about the library?”
Audiobooks go anywhere from free to really expensive, but it’s all about knowing where to get them.
Doing some research on pricing around the world last week, I discovered that the Harry Potter audiobooks are TWICE as expensive in the UK as in the US.
Meaning over $100 for any given one (unabridged of course). Go figure. Captive audience? Most audiobooks there is the same price as here. Now that’s expensive.
With the advent of digital downloads, prices for books keep dropping.
Our own rental program brings the cost down quite a bit, but the program isn’t designed for getting specific audiobooks right at the moment you want them.
For that, you have to either download, with all the attendant hassles or go to your neighborhood bookstore where they still might not have what you want and would charge you an arm and your left eye to buy it anyway.
No perfect solution.
But I’ve been an audiobook fan for going on a dozen years now, and selection AND pricing are much better now than they’ve ever been in the past. How nice.