Audible.com sells digital audibooks that can be downloaded and then transfered to your MP3 player, or burned to other media. I have used Audible.com for my literary listening since its early days. But there is something that could make Audible.com much better, and increase their sales. It’s based on the idea that people usually know people who like similar things.
I have to browse content on Audible.com. I cue up books that I find in a list from which I get my monthly titles for being an Audible subscriber, and occasionally I get an additional book.
But I have to root through Audible’s site to discover new titles. Ocassionally my buddy Erin tells me about something that I should listen to. Then I have to remember…what was that title again?
Audible.com has no way for me to associate my account with my friends’. For me to suggest a title to him, or him to me, we have to tell eachother. But we may forget the next time we see eachother, and even when we remember, it’s usually not at a time that it is convenient to get add the suggestion to on of our lists. It would be best if one of us could simply recommend the title while on the website. A “recommend this to a friend” feature, with a comment capability–I like to be able to explain my madness–is all that is really needed. That, and it needs to be permission-based: I only want to receive suggestions from people I explicitly allow.
So, if you know anyone at Audible.com, pass them my suggestion. And, more generally, if you ever find yourself creating any kind of site that will have content that attracts diverse people with specific interests, make sure that you allow them to use your site as a social tool.
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