Simply Audiobooks Plugs Into the Holidays With Direct Downloads

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Adding direct download of audio books to its online service offering, Simply Audiobooks makes holiday shopping easy for the busy book lover on everyone's list.

Offering holiday shoppers and book lovers alike yet another option to access their favourite books, Simply Audiobooks announced today the launch of its Download Club, the latest expansion to its extensive online audio book service.

Simply Audiobooks now offers spoken word content as downloadable Windows Media (WMA) files, which can be played on handheld digital devices (MP3 players), computers or burned to compact disc. The WMA files are open-standard, and therefore compatible with the greatest possible range of MP3 players.

“Downloadable audio books are the hottest thing in publishing since the Gutenberg Press, and Simply Audiobooks is poised to become a premier source for listeners,” said Steve Sorge, Chief Operations Officer at Simply Audiobooks. “With the addition of downloads, we are now the only company in the business offering everything audiobooks.”

Having pioneered the unlimited CD audio book rental model in 2003, Simply Audiobooks met further success with its expansion into direct sales earlier this year. The company’s latest service expansion into downloadable talking books allows members to join the original unlimited CD rental program, the flat-fee monthly Download Club, or purchase individual audio books on cassette tape, CD or as a download.

To kick off its Download Club, Simply Audiobooks has relaunched, making navigation easier and more intuitive than ever before with new search and browse options. An added function sorts titles by rating, allowing members to see the top-rated titles first in any search. Members are able to browse through more than 19,000 unique titles and choose the best plan for their audio book needs.

While overall sales in book publishing have flat lined in recent years, spoken word content has gained significantly in popularity among North America’s multitasking professionals. Digital audiobooks are already one of publishing's hottest sectors, with sales nearly quadrupling between 2001 and 2003, to more than $18 million, according to the Audio Publishers Association.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America's top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas. For more information visit

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