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Life in Quarantine: Amazon Cancels Subscription Charges of its Audio-books


Audible by Amazon has demonetized hundreds of prized classics like “Winnie the Pooh,” “Frankenstein,” “Peter Rabbit and Friends,” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” free. As the government has imposed stringent curfew across the country, kids can listen to the storehouse of stories arranged neatly for different age groups.  The incredible collection is now at a fingertip away, here.

Even if children feel lethargic or disinterested to read through the pages, the audios are here to keep them hooked. Parents find it a suitable alternative to scrolling through social media channels and engaging in video games. Any subscription charges previously levied on books and audio-books stand cancelled “as long as schools are closed.”

With the bookstores shut and public places closed, parents find it difficult to keep children occupied proactively. Categorized as a “nonessential” commodity, Amazon has also cancelled delivery of books for the foreseeable future. However, the significance of books perhaps was never realized more than now. As bookshops continue to recede to the background of people’s lives, the state-imposed social isolation mandate has accentuated its need manifold.

The therapeutic hours of priceless listening are also bound to develop reading habits in children.   Amidst learning, homework and taking stringent precautionary measures, Amazon kindles joy in the heart of millions of children.

“My reading habits have changed in two major ways: I finally have more time to read, and I find myself being drawn to lighter and escapist reads,” opines Ariana Valde, a 26-year-old bookworm.

At Audible, readers can browse through book titles available in six languages. In India, Audible could be previously availed at an exclusive 30-day trial after which a charge of 199/ was applied to all customers.

Besides Amazon, Scribd, NPL and Amar Chitra Katha are some online sites to keep their doors open to readers.

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