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Monday, October 27, 2008

Could Stanza Inspire Free Audiobook App for Iphone ?

audio booksYou may remember my review of a new iPhone App, the Stanza, LexCycle's digital reader that provides free access to books in public domain. Stanza's convenient features, such as customizable layouts, opened a new world  of classic literature to every iPhone user, including classic works such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

As a result, Stanza is becoming one of the most popular apps, but I think an even better version could be developed. During my 10-hour road trip last weekend, I realized the  the rigors of a long journey are eased with a talented narrator reading a good audiobook.  That's what made me think of the next great app- free audio books. 

Obviously, a developer or publisher would have to negotiate a deal to compensate authors and publishers,  Currently, most of the best-selling  audiobooks sell for a price between $25 to $35 dollars per title at the iTunes' store, but imagine if you could access classic and contemporary audiobooks for free, and the only catch was that you had to listen to a 30 to 60 second promo of ads between each chapter. (An ad revenue model similar to Hulu's video).

Perhaps the best and only way to test the model would require a major publisher,  such as Simon& Schuster or Random House, to take on the role of developer. The first version could include the top-10 selling titles from that publisher, or 10-20 classic works from the past 20 years,featuring five titles from four different genres.

I think it's only a matter of time before we're listening to some of our favorite stories for free.

By Matt O'Hern at 11:52 AM | Comments (5)

(5) Thoughts on Could Stanza Inspire Free Audiobook App for Iphone ?

Plenty of free audiobooks on

Comments by Alan Drake : Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 07:46 PM


Comments by moustafa : Friday, December 12, 2008 at 05:18 PM

Not a big name publisher, but a lot of good audiobooks.

Check out Scott Sigler or JC Hutchens, to name just a couple of my favorites.

Comments by Andy D : Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 02:52 PM


Comments by Andy D : Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 02:53 PM

I think Alan is spot on. Librivox is a great place for free audiobooks. If you're looking for unique audio fiction though check out Newfiction.

Comments by Josh - Free Audio Books : Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 07:34 AM

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