Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Audible.com and David Sedaris

Last night, I went to audible.com to look for David Sedaris's new book, "When You Are Engulfed in Flames."

It wasn't there.

I searched for keyword, "David Sedaris".

Audible returned a long list of episodes of "This American Life," the book that he edited, " Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" and several installments of something called "All Stories Are Fiction" by Mike Daisey.


I went into "My Library" and located "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and clicked on the book title.

Audible returned a "This title cannot be found in our database" error.

Apparently, Audible no longer carries David Sedaris's audiobooks. Not even the ones that they sold a couple of years ago.

That's not happy....

At least the book on CD is relatively cheap (e.g., $21 at Amazon, $24 at Barnes & Noble online store). It costs slightly more than the hardback, but there's no real substitute for hearing David Sedaris read his own writing.

[UPDATE: How thoroughly strange. I just clicked on my own link above, and all the older catalog titles were there. Then I went out and came back to that link again, and they were gone again. I guess maybe Audible is doing some maintenance.]

[UPDATE: Well, after doing a little more poking, it seems that the difference is whether you're logged into Audible or not. If you're NOT logged into Audible as a user, you can see Sedaris's books. If you ARE logged in, you do NOT see his books. And, as I said, if I go into my library and find the Sedaris books I've bought in previous years, Audible returns an error message that reads,"That product was not found in our database." However, Audible is the audiobook source for iTunes, and all his books except his newest one seem to be available through iTunes. So go figure...]

[UPDATE Friday 6/6/08: Guess what showed up on Audible.com today as the featured new release? And all the older titles appear to have returned as well. Oh, we of little faith.... (or is that just "Oh, me of little faith"?)]

1 comment:

Robert said...

Thank you! I thought I was going crazy because I couldn't find it anywhere!! Guess I'll have to drag my poor ass to Borders......