Here Are 9 Options for Finding Free or Cheap Audiobooks
9 Services for Cheap Audiobooks
- Audible boasts one of the largest audiobook libraries out there with more than 600,000 titles and 100,000 podcasts, according to a company spokesperson. Whatever you like to read, you can probably find it on Audible.
- You get to keep any titles you read even if you cancel your subscription.
- Your membership also gets you access to a number of podcasts, as well as subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
- You also get daily deals and an extra 30% discount on additional book purchases.
- You can download the books you choose and listen offline.
- You can try Audible out with a no-cost, 30-day trial period.
- Very large selection with over 200,000 titles.
- Access to over 88 million podcast episodes for free.
- Your subscription includes one book per month.
- You can buy extra credits as needed. One credit equals one book.
- You get free extra VIP books each month with no additional charge. VIP titles are older, less popular books, but they arenât all obscure. For example, one book currently on the list is Robert Louis Stevensonâs âTreasure Island.â
- With aÂ free 30-day trial you get one book free and can also select from the VIP collection.
- You can stream books or download so you can listen offline.
- At $9.99 itâs cheaper than Audiobooks.com and you get to listen to as many books as you want.
- There are a lot of extras like Kindle books, magazines and even sheet music available with your subscription.
- It includes a 30-day free trial.
- Less expensive than Audiobooks.com.
- You own the books and can keep them even if you cancel.
- You can download and listen offline.
- You have the option to buy or rent books outside of the membership. Rentals are less expensive, but, if you buy the book, youâll pay more than you would with a membership.
- No subscription needed, so you only pay for what you buy.
- You buy rather than rent the books, so theyâre yours to keep.
- You can purchase from a wide selection of books at regular price.
- There is a âmy wishlistâ section where you can list out the books you want to listen to and get alerts if they go on sale.
- New and popular books are available, as well as classics.
- Apple editors curate general lists to help readers find new books.
- You keep your audiobooks right on your phone.
- You can download books and listen to them from your Apple Watch while you workout.
- No pressure to download books to justify a monthly expense.
- No subscription, just buy what you like.
- Listen to previews before committing.
- Good sales and prices overall.
- Can be used on iPhones and Macs.
- Large selection of audiobooks.
- Completely free to use.
- Lots of great classics like âMoby Dick,â âFrankensteinâ and âThe Life and Times of Frederick Douglas.â
- Available in the Apple app store.
- With a library card, itâs completely free.
- Not limited to your local library but connected to a large network of libraries, so there are many titles available.
- You can place holds on titles you want if they are not currently available.
- You may not find every book you want.
- Books are checked out just like non-digital copies, so they are limited and you may have to wait for certain books.
- New and popular books frequently have a very long waiting list.
- You do not keep the titles, just borrow.
Google Play Books is much like Apple Books, but for Android and PC users, and with a few more perks.
Though I own hundreds of books, I rarely find time to sit down and crack one open. I do, however, make use of my time in the car to listen to audiobooks.
The Librivox audiobooks website declares âacoustical liberation of books in the public domain.â So what does that mean? Basically, itâs a free library of audiobooks that are old enough to have outlasted their copyright. They are read by volunteers.
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