Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kindle Tip: For e-Ink Kindles, Audible offers a free Grinch (Walter Matthau) until Christmas

Audible's Facebook area has a special offer until Christmas:
  "How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss -
    Download the Audiobook FREE

    Expires December 25, 2012

Commenter John Sauter sent a tip on the free download being offered by Audible (owned by Amazon) if you click to get an invite/offer from Audible's Facebook page to "purchase the book for free" until the 25th.

  Audible has also had a similar offer on their main site but last night it required a trial membership for a subscription.  Some commenters at the Facebook page report not being able to download the book without accepting a trial membership.  Others, though, say there was no problem.

  Audible's customer support at the Facebook area responded to those having trouble getting the file and said to report any problems to ."

  I've registered at Audible in the past, for a Whispersync audio book that was on a free promo and have no subscription membership of any kind at Audible.  I was able to just claim the deal.

  The audiobook was deliverable, though, only to my Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard and the audio format is automatic - 'Enhanced' for Kindle, which means that file is not likely to work as-is on other devices.  Kindle Fire tablets were X'd out.  On the other hand, they have files in mp3 format also, but this may have been designed as a special for Kindle owners only.

  A change - When I was at Audible's main Grinch page last night after taking the 'offer' via email, the small audiobook was shown as almost $4.00 as the regular price.
  Today when I go to THAT Audible page, it's showing a "Regular Price" of $0.00 instead (and has no deadline on that price either) -- but that could change.

  It may be that the problems that many experienced and reported at Facebook caused Audible management to choose the simpler route of just making it available as a Christmas welcome, unconditionally.
  Today, there's no longer any language, at the main page, about requiring a free trial -- very unGrinch-like of them! :-)

  I've now listened to what's normally a piece for kids, but Walter Matthau is just hilarious and a wonderful actor in this 12-minute (unabridged) piece.  His delivery of the lines had me smiling at what he did with each one.

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  1. Thank You so much for this Blog! It enriches my world.The very best Season Greetings to you and yours.

    1. Robert, thanks very much for those generous words and for visiting when you can. Hope the holidays are both restful and fun!

  2. Hi, I liked the story about the How the Grinch stole the Christmas, too.
    If you enjoy music and caroling I'm glad to let you all know that at there's a songbook called Heartfelt Carols, which has music scores especially designed to be read on a Kindle, and other smaller tablets. Also avaialable at the Amazon store.


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