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scottsigler said: There is definitely a market for it, not as free, but as a paid audiobook download depository. Will that be a competitor to Audible. Not now, not for awhile. Selection is king, and Audible has more than anyone else.
That's not to say that by establishing a robust, effective audiobook site couldn't get a foothold now, then develop relationships with small-press and medium press that don't want to deal with Audible's DRM. When you try and monopolize the market, the next step is to impose your will on publishers, and some of those publishers are going to bail.
If there is another site that offers efficient transactions, makes it easy for the customer to shop and buy, then that site is going to start lining up publishers.