Once upon a time, we all learned that audiobooks are meant to be sold in a certain way: as a monthly subscription, in a standalone app, in the only store in town. But it turns out we got it all wrong in our audiobooks.
Today, Slate is launching an audiobook store that shows there is one more way – click here to start shopping now.
The store is powered by Slate’s Supporting Cast technology, and here are three reasons you’ll love it.
Listen wherever you get your podcasts
When you buy audiobooks on Slate, you don’t need to download a standalone app. You’ll listen in your favorite podcast app, in the same place where you’ll spend hours listening to Political Gabfest, Slow Burn, and Mom and Dad Are Fighting.
We can send your book to any podcast app that lives in the open, RSS-based podcast ecosystem, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Castbox, BeyondPod, Downcast, Player FM, Breaker and RadioPublic.
Using your podcast app will also save you money. Because Slate didn’t have to create and maintain a fancy new audiobook app, you can save money.
Low prices and no subscription billing
And while other retailers want to sell you a subscription audiobook service, our goal is to provide you with the unique book you are looking for, at the lowest possible price. There is no permanent commitment.
Take a look around, you will see how competitive our prices are. And to save even more money, watch for our weekly specials. This week you can save 30% on the new novel by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the sun.
Every purchase helps support Slate’s distinctive, independent journalism
Slate’s coverage is crucial, but it’s harder than ever to make quality journalism sustainable. Here’s a chance to make your dollar count without spending more.
You also, of course, rely on Slate’s writers and podcasters to recommend new and classic books you’ll love. You’ll find these books in the Slate Audio Library, along with many other titles our employees admire. (We even wrote some of them!)
So really, why buy audiobooks anywhere else? You can browse our shelves here. Navigating the store is a work in progress, and we’ll be adding new books all the time, so check back often.