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eMusic Offers DRM Free Audiobooks

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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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  1. Audio book musings » Blog Archive » eMusic Offers DRM Free Audiobooks
    Sep 23, 2007 @ 15:18:39

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    Sep 25, 2007 @ 14:01:01

    [...] announcements of companies selling digital content without software locks on it. Last week, eMusic announced its intention of selling its audiobooks without DRM and now Simply Audiobooks, the second largest [...]

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