Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:40 PM
I had an Audible.com membership for long enough to get quite a few titles there; they have a huge selection, and their prices are not bargain basement, but they are comparable with what you'd pay in a store, and the ease of immediately being able to download to your computer is a big plus. The downside is that their books are in their own proprietary format, and won't play on just any mp3 player - they have a large list of supported players, but not all. I just bought a new Sansa E260, and it's not compatible with my Audible library. My Creative MuVo TX is compatible, though, so it gets the audible books.
Our library just added the ability to download books the first of the year, and since they did that I've been making good use of them. Ours uses the Overdrive Media Console; you have to download the software to get your books. The lending period for us is 10 days, and the way it works is, you find a book you want, add it to your cart (or add your name to the waiting list if all copies are currently checked out). Once you get your books in the cart, you download them to the console, and from there you can transfer to your mp3 player. After 10 days they will no longer be available from the console, but if you've transferred them to your mp3 player they stay on it until you delete. These books will work with my Sansa.
The Overdrive books won't work with the iPod, the Audible books will, so you have to be aware of what service goes with what player; of course, anything in mp3 format won't give you any trouble with any player (I don't know about the iPod). There's also a service called Netlibrary which many public libraries use, so my first suggestion would be to check with your own library to see if they have anything available. I love audio books.