Amazon has announced the Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition. This is an exclusive bundle, priced at $249.99 with free shipping. The bundle includes:
- The new Fire HD 8 tablet, normally retailing for $149.99.
- One year of Kindle Unlimited, normally retailing for $9.99 per month (a $120 value)
- An exclusive Reader’s Edition brown leather cover for the tablet. According to Amazon, the cover is designed to give the look and feel of a real book cover as well as protecting the tablet.
The bundle is available for pre-order and will begin shipping on December 9, 2015.
Note: There is no specified end date for this promotion. Generally, Amazon only makes these bundles available for a limited time.
If you are an audio book fan, today definitely brings exciting news! Scribd has announced that they are adding 30,000 audiobooks to their subscription service. According to their blog:
… That makes us (we’re extremely pleased to say) the largest unlimited e-book & audiobook subscription service around.
Audiobooks have been one of our most requested features since the day we launched, and today we’re so excited to say they’re here.
The service will include new releases and bestsellers. Scribd has greatly expanded their offings this year with the addition of e-books by Harlequin, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster. Juli Monroe from TeleRead has some additional info in an article here.
I wasn’t clear from the announcement exactly when the audiobooks would be available on the service. (It wasn’t yet on my Android tablet as of 9:30 CST.)
Barnes and Noble is also getting back into the audiobook game. The company has also just released a new Android app for purchasing and listening to audio books. The app is still in beta but seems to have good reviews on Google Play.
In comparison, Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription only has about 2,ooo titles.
Audible, also owned by Amazon, still has the largest selection of audiobooks with over 150,000 titles available.
It is exciting to see so many new options for audiobooks becoming available. 🙂