Tales2Go 4.0 delivers unlimited audiobooks for kids

There's a Netflix for everything these days. Oyster is "Netflix for e-books." Next Issue is "Netflix for magazines." GameFly is "Netflix for videogames." There's even a Netflix for high-end wristwatches.

It may come as little surprise, then, that there's an audiobook service that likewise emulates the Netflix all-you-can eat model: Tales2Go lets you stream unlimited selections for a flat monthly rate. But the app has a special niche: It's all audiobooks for kids.

The name may not ring a bell, but Tales2Go actually made its debut back in 2010, then … Read more

Get two free months of Audible

When it comes to passing the time on long trips, it's hard to beat an audiobook. I've been a die-hard fan for as long as I can remember (back when they were called "books on tape").

Amazon's Audible service is already a pretty good deal at $14.95 per month, but it's an even better one at $0: Amazon Local is offering a coupon for two free months of Audible. That entitles you to, among other things, one free audiobook per month.

As you might expect, this offer is good for new Audible customers … Read more

How to check out library e-books on your Kindle Fire

These days I do most of my reading on my Kindle Fire, and whenever possible I grab e-books from my local library. Because, you know, they're free.

If you've never checked out a book this way, or you're still doing it the "old way," you may be surprised to learn it's quite easy. You don't need to download a file to your PC and "sideload" it into your Kindle or anything like that. In fact, you don't need your PC or Mac at all.

What you do need is a … Read more

Review: Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player offers playback options on iOS

Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player offers an all-in-one podcast and audiobook experience that allows you to easily import files from the Web, your iTunes library, and RSS feeds. The result is a streamlined app that combines the functionality of multiple apps. While there are certain restrictions in the trial version of the app, it's well worth trying it to see how it stacks up against your current solutions.

After installation, you'll be shown the main menu screen and a list of things you can do with Bookmobile. You can access a library function where the app will connect … Read more

Amazon offers discounted audio versions of your Kindle books

Amazon is playing matchmaker to help you find low-cost audio editions of your Kindle books.

The retailer's new Matchmaker page scans your Kindle library to see which e-books have a corresponding audio version. The audio versions then pop up with discounted price tags. Simply click on the upgrade button for a specific book to make your payment. You can also listen to an audio preview of any book before you buy it.

The audio editions are offered through Audible, which is owned by Amazon. To listen to your book, you'll need to download the Audible app onto your … Read more

Computer prodigy Aaron Swartz remembered

Monday's CNET Update:

Stories from today's tech news roundup:

- Internet activist Aaron Swartz, 26, committed suicide. He faced $4 million in fines and 50 years in prison for chargest hat he stole millions of academic papers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from JSTOR. In the wake of his death, MIT is conducting an investigation of the school's role in the events before he took his life. Researchers have paid tribute to Swartz by posting links to copyright-protected papers on Twitter, to honor his campaign for open access to documents on the Internet.

- Samsung'… Read more cancels all-you-can-hear plan has lowered its subscription price, but now you can listen to only one or two books per month.

The new plans offer two different options. You can pay $14.95 per month to listen to one audiobook or $22.95 each month to hear up to two books. Previously, the site charged people $24.95 per month but gave them the ability to listen to an unlimited number of audiobooks for that fee.

Why the change? A spokesman for sent CNET the following statement:

The switch from "all you can listen" to the new … Read more

Audiobooks HQ for iOS: 5,000+ audiobooks for under $2

I love audiobooks. Nothing makes a car ride faster or more pleasant than a good spoken-word book piping through the speakers.

That's why I've routinely championed smartphone-powered services like Audible,, Simply Audiobooks, and Tales2Go.

Now there's another app worth adding to your audiobook arsenal: Audiobooks HQ, which gives you access to more than 5,000 public-domain titles -- all for a measly $1.99.

The app connects you with two catalogs: the Globe Radio Repertory and Librivox. The former contains just four works (including "Don Quixote" and "Madame Bovary"), while the … Read more

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on your smartphone

If you spend a lot of time in the car, you know what an awesome companion audiobooks can be.

A pricey one, too. A single "book on tape" (OK, CD) might run you $20, $30, even as much as $50.

That's why I'm a big fan of, which offers unlimited listening for a flat monthly rate. Just one problem: it's a hassle to use on your smartphone. Although you can access the service via your phone's mobile browser, you need a decent Internet connection to stream the audio -- and the browser … Read more

Five ways to save money on audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time on long drives. Audiobook prices, on the other hand, are a great way to drain your wallet.

For example, want to listen to the Steve Jobs bio? It'll cost you $29.95 at iTunes. And Stephen King's latest, the wholly engrossing "11/22/63," runs $44.95.

Fortunately, good listening material doesn't have to break the bank. Thanks to various resources and services, you can slash your monthly audiobook bill while actually increasing your consumption. Here are my five favorite options:

1. Audible If you like … Read more