AudioBooks Now: Written Android App Review
Do you like audiobooks? I mean, do you really like audiobooks, and simply can’t get enough of them? No matter if you’re a daily commuter with a thing for being read to, or if you just like lounging around the house with an MP3 player and a digital stack of narrated literature, there’s nothing better than being able to listen to high-quality and best-selling audiobooks from your Android device. And now, with the free Audiobooks Now application by BooksNow.com, you can do exactly that. The title makes it blissfuly simple to find, purchase, and listen to books you know and love, as well as a wealth of fresh titles you’ve likely never listened to before. For our full thoughts on this killer Android application, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
Audiobooks Now, as if the title didn’t already say so, provides a quick and convenient way to find and purchase audiobooks from your Android phone or tablet. For those seriously not in the no, audiobooks are books that have been recorded by a professional narrator, who reads the book in an unabridged fashion. This formatting is ideal for the reader that travels a lot in the car, or who simply enjoys hearing their favorite books dramatized by an actor. The app itself makes it easy to find these titles, offering a plethora of genres, authors, and books to choose from. These can be found either using the built-in search bar, or via the hefty list of genres and authors. Once discovered, a book can be purchased with the simple touch of a button, though each offering also comes with a sample, in case you’re hesitant to spend money. All in all, we greatly enjoyed the Audiobooks Now, though we did find the app a bit slow between tabs. Likewise, prices are not initially listed, and though the app makes it easy to store your media, there’s no word yet on DRM protection.
Design and Layout
Overall, we greatly enjoyed the style and feel of Audiobooks Now. The app features an excellent black, red, and white color tone that reminded us a lot of the Barnes and Noble Nook. However, we weren’t such fans of the aforementioned sluggishness. The app often chugged in-between tabs, and though searches performed well, they also tended to be a bit slow. Media playback is a breeze, however, which thankfully is quite the selling point in Audiobooks Now’s favor.
Audiobooks Now itself is a free app in the Android Market, but it also comes with a $5 monthly subscription. Granted, that’s a fairly low price for the chance to purchase high-quality audiobooks from your phone, but when compared to other (more established) services like Audible, Audiobooks Now might be an hard sell. The joy you get out of the app also largely depends on the amount of audiobooks you consumer in a month’s time. All in all, it’s a solid offering for the dedicated fan, and a decent value for the casual listener.
Android Apps Review Details: Audiobooks Now app is free. This app requires Android 2.1 and up. You may download Audiobooks Now from the Android Market. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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