Sometimes you just don’t have time sit down with a good book. Thanks to audiobooks, you’re able to listen to your favorites and the latest releases while driving, exercising, or anything else. With apps and subscription services, listen to audiobooks nearly anywhere.
Scribd offers both audiobooks and ebooks under their $8.99 per month premium plan. In February 2018, Scribd announced unlimited access to both types of books. Apps are available for iOS and Android and you’re free to listen to as many audiobooks as you’d like.
If your local library supports Hoopla or Overdrive, use your library card to access free audiobooks. With Hoopla, all libraries have access to the same catalog and there aren’t any wait times for digitally checking anything out. Overdrive is limited to your local library’s selection and there may be wait lists to listen to audiobooks, especially new releases.
Audible’s a subscription service that allows you to listen to audiobooks for just $14.95 per month. Each month comes with a free credit, which translates into getting a free audiobook to keep. Plus, Audible partners with Amazon and it’s easy to buy audiobooks at any time. Apps are available for iOS, Android, and certain cars.
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Bookmobile is an iOS app designed for organizing and listening to audiobooks and podcasts. If you don’t subscribe to a service and just buy your audiobooks, Bookmobile’s player makes it easy to listen to them anywhere. It supports both DRM and DRM-free content. Though there is a free trial, the app costs $3.99 after that.
Material Audiobook Player
Material Audiobook Player supports playing most audiobooks stored on your device. It’s only available for Android and some users say the app has minimal features. However, it is completely free and supports playback and bookmarks.
For audiobooks you’ve purchased on Amazon, listen to them in the free Kindle app. It’s available for both iOS and Android.
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Audiobooks Now may have a smaller library than Audible, but the pricing is more attractive at just $5 per month. Listen to audiobooks that are half off with the membership (12 per year for your first year) or purchase at full price whenever you want without a membership. You can also access one premium audiobook per month.
One unique benefit of Audiobooks Now is access to free and public domain audiobooks. Think of it as the best of both worlds. Plus, it’s a cheaper alternative if you’re new to audiobooks.
NOOK Mobile App
If you purchase audiobooks from Barnes & Noble, use the free official NOOK mobile app to listen to them. It’s important to note that this is a separate app from the reading app. It’s compatible with all titles sold from the retailer, but may not work with titles purchased elsewhere. The app works on both iOS and Android devices.
Downpour is an audiobook retailer. They also sell hardback and paperback books. The site works a little differently than most major retailers or subscription services. You have three different ways to purchase and listen to audiobooks, including:
- Purchase individual audiobooks whenever you want
- Rent for 30 to 60 days (cheaper, but not available on all titles)
- Get discounted pricing and one audiobook per month with a membership ($12.99 per month with no contract)
With over 85,000 titles, it’s easy to find something you’ll love. Plus, it’s a little cheaper than some of the most notable services out there. According to the membership page, members receive up to 70% audiobook titles throughout the month.
The Downpour app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Though their audiobooks will work on independent apps, they recommend that you use their app.
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If you’re not interested in bestsellers, LibriVox might be perfect for you. You’re able to listen to audiobooks that are public domain. They’re free to download and keep. Currently, LibriVox’s catalog includes over 15,000 titles, including numerous classics. The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Audiobooks HQ offers access to over 8,000 free audiobooks in the public domain. The app developers state that new books are being added on a daily basis. Plus, Audiobooks HQ goes a step further than LibriVox. The app allows you to purchase premium audiobooks from a catalog of over 300,000.
The app is only available on iOS and costs $1.99.
Much like with Kindle, you don’t need a Kobo device to use the free Kobo app, which is available on iOS and Android. With Kobo, you can purchase individual audiobooks or subscribe to their audiobook membership plan. Their plans begin at $9.99 per month and include one credit each month to buy any audiobook of your choice.
Members also get the added benefit of earning points for every purchase. These can be used to get free audiobooks over time. If you listen to audiobooks often, this could be a good membership for you.
Google Play Books
Google Play Books is part of the Google Play Store marketplace. The app now includes functionality for playing audiobooks. There aren’t any subscriptions or memberships. All you need is a Google account to get started.
Libro.fm works to help support indie booksellers. You have access to over 90,000 carefully curated audiobooks. While indie audiobooks are listed, you’re able to purchase New York Times bestsellers too.
Audiobooks.com works similar to Audible. For $14.95 per month, you get access to one audiobook per month. Want to listen to more? Just buy top up credits to stream or download an audiobook for offline listening.
Purchase audiobooks individually or subscribe for $14.99 per month, which includes one audiobook. All other purchases for the month are 30% off. One unique benefit is credits never expire, so if you forget to use one, you’ll have two the next month. Apps are free for iOS, Android, and Kindle.
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Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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