eMusic is the world’s largest retailer of indie music and the second largest digital music provider after iTunes. Starting today, September 18, eMusic will offer audiobooks in an mp3 format without DRM. The collection will include Blackstone Audio, Hachette, Naxos Audiobooks, Penguin and Random House. The costs are $9.99 for one book or $19.99 for two books (with subscription). The quality of the audiobooks are twice the quality available from iTunes and Audible.
Notable books narrated by well-known voices such as:
- Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient,” read by Ralph Fiennes;
- Nicola Kraus’ “The Nanny Diaries,” read by Julia Roberts;
- Barack Obama reading his own books, “Dreams of My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.”
With DRM free music and audiobooks can the case still be made for DRM’ed ebooks?
Via Press Release.