Lately, I’ve been struggling to make time for reading and, having asked around a little, I know that a lot of you are in the same position. Our lives are undoubtedly busy, so incorporating time for books can be tough. Still, I wouldn’t be a bibliophile if my life would work without a daily fix of a good story. On my search for an alternative that isn’t as time consuming as Netflix but requires less energy than reading, I’ve rediscovered my love for audiobooks.
It’s so convenient to put on headphones and go about your day with a story running in your ear. On your commute, while cleaning the house or going shopping, audiobooks are perfect for bookish busy-bees. On the other hand, I find them wonderfully relaxing too, when I’m tired or anxious and in need of escape to another world. Let’s be honest though, most of us only have limited money to spend on books, and for me, that is reserved for physical copies I really have to own. For a while I was making use of free audiobooks on Spotify or YouTube, but their selections of titles are quite small. Though, a while ago (imagine a magical harp swoosh here), through recommendations of my friends, I stumbled across »BookBeat.
What is BookBeat, exactly?
As promised in the title, BookBeat really is like Netflix, but for audiobooks. Once you’ve signed up, you have unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks. And they really mean unlimited (not like a certain other audiobook app that’s working with the oddest financing scheme I’ve ever encountered). With BookBeat, for the monthly fee of £12.90 or 14.90€, you get as many books as you want! This was a crucial point for me, especially because I like to go for the audio version of a book I’m not quite ready to buy physically, but still intrigues me enough to have a look. BookBeat lets you snoop around as much as you want, which I appreciate a lot. An added bonus is that you can use the app on five different devices – which can run on Android or iOS (Android users rejoice!), so you can share it with friends or family. Of course you’re not bound by tedious contracts; you can cancel your subscription whenever you like.
How can you give the BookBeat audiobook-flatrate a try?
If an audiobook-flatrate is exactly what you need and you are as hyped as me right now, I’ve worked out an exciting cooperation with BookBeat, just for you! Listeners registering in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can get an exclusive one-month-trial for free via »my personal landing page or the coupon code “blackteabooks”. You can listen to the books in various languages; your location doesn’t limit you there. Residents of the UK can access the two-week-trial »here (and if you live in another country, just check the BookBeat website for your respective area to sign up). Just remember to cancel your subscription after the trial if you don’t want to continue it. And that’s about all you need to know to get started!
My first impression of BookBeat
I have been using BookBeat for five days and thought it would be nice for you to hear about my user experience so far. The app’s interface is easy to figure out, with a home screen showing your latest audiobook as well as a list of your saved titles (which works just like a Netflix list, you bookmark any title you come across and find interesting to listen to later).
From the home screen, you can directly access your current audiobook and choose to keep listening. The player lets you rewind or fast-forward in various time intervals from 15 seconds to 30 minutes, adjust the speed or (my personal favourite) set a sleep timer for the book to stop playing after a period of your choice. I love using this feature before falling asleep. The story calms me down, and being able to choose a time-frame until it stops makes it much easier to find the point where I nodded off in the morning.
Sometimes the app has a hiccup and needs a restart, but it never caused me to lose any progress, and it’s happening less already. So far I’ve been listening to one audiobook only, for testing’s sake. (It’s Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, because the white-spine-edition I need still hasn’t been published, but I really wanted to know what happens, so this is perfect). I’ll make sure to investigate BookBeat further and tell you all about it in the next post!
Until then, I’d be happy to share my experience with anyone who’s up for discovering BookBeat with me (remember to use my »promo-code for that). The comment section, my email or instagram dms are always open to you.
How do you feel about audio books?
Transparency: This post was sponsored by BookBeat, but the content and opinions are entirely my own.