Librivox is a non-profit initiative to record public domain books and release them as free audiobooks. The site boasts over 10,000 projects, with a diverse set of titles ranging from War and Peace to Leaves of Grass to The Dream of the Red Chamber to Anne of Green Gables.
Scribl is a great option for newer releases, with many of the books read by the authors themselves. These free audiobooks are provided in a serialized form, so you can listen to small chunks that fit into your commute.
The best way to download audiobooks from the library is through Overdrive. You can download the app onto your phone, or access it on your web. All you have to do is find your local library and type in your library card number and pin in order to get access to a vast range of audiobooks.
Your local library might use a few other apps or websites that give you access to audiobooks. Most of them follow the same protocol. All you have to do is search for your local library and type in your library card number and pin.
MINDWEBS is a bit of a departure from some of the other options on this list in that it is not truly a website that hosts audiobooks. Rather, MINDWEBS is an archive creation of episodes from the mind of Michael Hanson.
Reading can be an expensive hobby. Sure, libraries still exist, but fewer people seem to use them. Instead, many opt for buying ebooks straight to their Kindles and iPads or, as has become increasingly popular in recent years, tuning in to an audiobook on Audible.
The thing is, Audible isn't cheap. While $15 a month for an otherwise $20+ audiobook might seem like a steal, there are plenty of other audiobook apps out there that are either completely free or at least much cheaper than Audible.
Libby offers a pleasant, intuitive interface with an audiobook player that resembles Audible's. You can increase or decrease playback speed, set a sleep timer, skip a few seconds backward or forward, place a bookmark, and view chapters. Also like Audible, you can download books for offline listening.
Second, Libby treats its audiobooks just like any other library item with borrows, holds, and renews. This means if there is only one "copy" of Where the Crawdads Sing, and it's currently being borrowed by someone else, you can place the book on hold and Libby will estimate when it will be available to borrow.
Even so, Libby is basically free (technically you pay taxes for your library), so if you live in an area with a comprehensive local library and don't mind waiting until books are available to borrow, it's a great Audible alternative.
Chirp Audiobooks provides daily deals on popular audiobooks. These deals aren't just 5-10% cuts from original prices but often immense price drops. It's not uncommon to find deals in the $3-6 range on Chirp for audiobooks that would otherwise retail for $20+. What's more, the audiobooks are yours to keep.
Once you purchase a book from Chirp's website, it will be downloaded to Chirp's audiobook player app, which includes all the essentials: a playback speed adjuster, bookmarks, a sleep timer, downloading for offline listening, and more.
Despite its appeal, Chirp has a similar disadvantage as Libby. That is, you might not always be able to listen to what you want to listen to since the audiobook deals change daily. Still, Chirp will recommend books in your preferred genres, so if you like discovering new books at cheap prices, Chirp might be for you.
Unlike Libby and Chirp, LibriVox offers over 50,000 public domain audiobooks completely produced by volunteers, from reading and recording to editing and distributing. Of course, the wonderful advantage of volunteer production means that LibriVox is completely free.
The LibriVox app is a simple audiobook player with the basic features. You can search the collection by title, keyword, author, and even the narrator. LibriVox releases new audiobooks daily as well, ever expanding its immense collection.
However, since the audiobooks are in the public domain, older classics comprise most of the available collection. But, if you love the classics and don't want to pay for audiobooks, LibriVox is a fantastic Audible alternative.
Loyal Books is much like LibriVox in that its collection consists of free, public domain audiobooks. While Loyal Books' audiobook collection is much less comprehensive than LibriVox's, Loyal Book also offers thousands of ebooks.
You can stream or download audiobooks, add a sleep timer, skip forward and backward, and adjust the playback speed. Loyal Books also includes book reviews, which can be quite helpful in deciding which ones to listen to.
Finding audiobooks on Spotify can be a bit of a challenge since there is no dedicated audiobook section like there is for podcasts and music. Even so, there are a few worthwhile ones buried in Spotify's database if you don't mind doing some searching. Also, Spotify offers its own audiobook originals.
Second, Spotify is short of a comprehensive collection. Like LibriVox and Loyal Books, most audiobooks on Spotify are in the public domain and are therefore often classics and not contemporary bestsellers.
Last on the list is YouTube. Believe it or not, YouTube has thousands of audiobooks uploaded as video files. And since you can change the playback speed on YouTube, using it to listen to audiobooks is not much different from using a dedicated audiobook app.
In addition to the limited selection of audiobooks, YouTube has another major drawback. Unless you pay for YouTube Premium, you can't listen to audiobooks on the YouTube app while your phone is locked.
Hoopla is similar to Libby, in that it's completely free to anyone in the US who connects their library card to the app. You borrow audiobooks virtually and can stream them in the app or download them for offline play.
There you have it! Six Audible alternatives free or almost free of charge. But is it worth the switch from Audible to one of these apps? Of course, it will depend. If you like to listen to books only off your reading list, then you'd be better off with Audible because of its large collection of instantly available audiobooks.
Our lives are busy, and it can be hard to make time to read books. Audiobooks let you keep up with the latest bestseller (or at least an old classic) whether you're running errands in the car, working out at the gym, or just resting on the sofa. A subscription to Audible puts a vast library of audiobooks at your fingertips, but you don't have to spend money to have books read to you. Here are seven of the best places to download free audiobooks today.
LibriVox is a large database of audiobooks which are completely free and in the public domain. The site's books are read by voice actor volunteers from around the world and there are more than 16,000 titles available to download. You can search by title, subject, or author in dozens of languages. And when you find a book to listen to, you can play it chapter by chapter on the website or download the complete audiobook in a zip file. If you prefer, you can install the mobile app as well (iOS, Android).
Overdrive works with local libraries around the country to make ebooks and audiobooks available for fast and easy download. After creating an Overdrive account, connect to your local library (assuming your library works with Overdrive, though many do) and use your digital library card to check out audiobooks from Overdrive. Unlike many public domain audiobook sites, Overdrive gives you access to contemporary books, including titles on The New York Times bestseller list. Overdrive is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android.
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library that has curated and cataloged millions of books, music, software, websites, and other online media. It's perhaps best known for operating the Wayback Machine, which you can use to see websites as they were at various times in the past. But in addition to that, you can use the Internet Archive to browse more than 20,000 audiobooks in addition to the entire LibriVox catalog, which is also contained here. You can download any audiobooks you find here in MP3 format or play them in the player on the website.
Another robust collection of public domain literature, Lit2Go leans into education by rating all of its titles on the Flesch-Kincaid grade level scoring system. This makes it easy to filter and browse audiobooks by grade level, from kindergarten through 12th grade. You can play books by chapter with the on-page audio player and read along with the text, or download the audiobook, often through a link to iTunes U.
ThoughtAudio should appeal to a specific kind of reader. The catalog of books is focused on a fairly specific genre: classic literature and philosophy titles. The collection is currently just about 100 titles and some books are easily downloaded, while others feature audio embedded in a player on the webpage. In addition, some of the audiobooks (though not all) have a PDF transcript you can download for reference.
Have little kids who love to listen to audiobooks? Storynory focuses on audiobooks for the younger set, with a large collection of classic fairy tales, authors like Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, myths and legends from around the world, and educational stories. The site also has a collection of original stories. You can listen to any story using a player embedded on the page (along with the text of the story) or you can download audiobook files as MP3s to play elsewhere.
Most of the time, books download as MP3 files (or sometimes WMA or AAC files) that can play on your computer, tablet, phone, iPod, or MP3 player. There are free audio converter software programs you can use if you need the audiobook to be in a different file format.
There are lots of other websites that offer free audiobooks that you can download through torrent websites. However, you should know that while that method of sharing books (or anything, like music and movies) may seem completely fine, it's normally illegal in most countries and is typically considered an unsafe method for sharing files since it's a common way to transmit malware. 2b1af7f3a8