Audible is Darkcargo Approved. Odd for us to approve of a Giaganto Conglomorate, I know.
It’s basically a service for distributing audiobooks. You pay a subscription price, monthly or annual, and in exchange for your hard earned cash you get credits to trade in for audiobooks. The only hitch is that it needs to be managed through “audible friendly” devices. Audible is owned by Amazon.com.
We listen to so many audio books that we actually have four accounts. (For two people? Sheesh!) As long as you don’t forget your password (*ahem*) you can download the audio books again and again. Of course, there’s a limited number of devices and computers that can be associated with each account. And when I’ve got a book I’m just dying to share with someone, I’ll load it onto a player and loan that device to them.
I do not know how much profit return the audio production companies get on their product, but the authors have been paid for the audio rights to their book. The Kindle has a voice-to-speech function that will read the Kindle format book out loud to you, but if you’ve ever been stuck in the “Press 4 for…” loop on the phone, you know what that sounds like. It functions, and it’s a really cool development of software/user interaction. But it’s not a voice actor. There was a huge stink about it when the 2nd gen Kindle came out. There was a worry that the audio book industry was going to be rendered obsolete in a matter of moments. There were lawsuits pending and the whole nine yards. So, Amazon bought Audible.
Anyway, it works for us.