New chapter for eMusic: audiobooks


NEW YORK -- Digital music retailer eMusic on Monday began offering audiobooks, which are in mp3 format and play on all devices, with no Digital Rights Management restrictions. The vast majority of the books will be priced at $10 per book, with two initial subscription models: $9.99 for one book per month and $19.99 for two per month.

The site will have thousands of books to start and hopes to add hundreds of titles per week, eventually carrying all of the 14,000 audiobook titles on the market today. Titles published by Random House, Naxos, Penguin and Hachette will be among the initial offerings. In addition, eMusic has tapped a number of leading literary critics to help curate the site.

The audiobooks initiative is in response to customer demand, according to eMusic; the retailer says a recent poll showed that more than half of its customers wanted the service.