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Amazon.com, Audible Seal Alliance

Online retailer Amazon.com Wednesday added more than 22,000 hours of spoken audio content to its product mix through a new alliance with Audible Inc..

The audio downloads section of Amazon offers access to more than 4,700 audiobooks as well as an extensive selection of comedy, newspapers, magazines, classic literature and business information.

Historic and contemporary speeches, academic lectures, language lessons, motivational programs and subscriptions to public radio programs are also offered.

Spoken audio programming can be purchased online, then downloaded or streamed for playback on a PC or on any Audible-compatible portable digital audio player. The costs for purchasing the audio content varies by item.

The alliance brings the greatest authors and titles in the world of spoken audio entertainment and information to Amazon.com's audience, according to Donald Katz, founder and chairman of Audible Inc. .

"Beyond immediate access to our content via streaming or downloading, customers will have the flexibility to listen at their PCs or take the audio programs away to enjoy in the car or while exercising," he said.

News and information titles now offered include daily selected audio content from The Wall Street Journal, and daily audio digests of The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times.