There is no shortage of online retailers that allow you to subscribe and download audio books. The most popular are Audible, Script and Storytel. What if you are on a budget or do not want to pay for audiobooks? There are plenty of options to download them for free. You can get a digital public library card or access Librevox.
Overdrive / Libby
Overdrive is the most popular online distribution company that trades most of the public library systems. They have over 100,000 audiobooks. All you have to do is contact your local branch and find out if they have an overdrive collection. Next, you need to apply for a digital library card. You can usually do this within the script application, but some libraries do not support this, so you may need to call them or visit the branch. Audiobooks have a 14-day window to listen to them before they automatically return. Overdrive R.P., who was a competitor in this space. Also received digital.
Many libraries do business with Hubla because they provide libraries with their entire set, and they only pay when someone borrows something. They have almost 90,000 audiobooks on their computer, all you have to do is contact your local branch to find out if they supply Hubla’s audiobooks. Next, you need to download the Hoopla app and listen to the content on your smartphone or tablet.
Volunteers from all over the world read Librevox audiobooks. Librevox audiobooks are free to listen to or burn to CD on their computers, iPods or other mobile devices. Much of their content is royalty free and open source. The program has been featured in magazines around the world and the BBC’s Click, MSNBC’s The Today Show, Cause, Wire, U.S. PC Magazine and the UK Metro and the Sunday Times Newspapers.
All audio books on LoyalBooks.com are in the public domain. This means that no one owns the copyright to these books, so they are free to distribute to anyone, including LoyalBooks.com. Enjoy these free audio books and tell your friends about these great public domain audio books using the share button on loyalbooks.com.
Open Culture has put together a list to browse, combining with the same audiobooks that other places have provided online. Frank L. You can find other classic types like Palm anywhere else The Wizard of Oz You can also find audiobooks, stories by James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury and Virginia Wolf. Or poetry by Maya Angelo and Charles Bukowski. Or, even the video that Neil Cayman reads Coroline.
Project Gutenberg has been archiving as many books as possible since its founding in 1971, the oldest digital library online. The site’s table now contains over 60,000 free ebooks that can be downloaded as MP3 files. That figure is made possible by the site’s practice of approving 99% of requests to convert books into audiobooks or ebooks. Like Librevox, Project Gutenberg asks readers to donate if their voices are ready and efficient. Volunteer Voices contributes to their human-reading audiobook collection, and the site also contains a computer-readable audiobook collection. If you have a book that Project Gutenberg wants to digitize that is not already on their list, send them an email. Otherwise, the system is driven by donations.
Here is a little known tip. If you open Spotify, click “Browse” (in the left hand nav), then go to “Word” and you will find many free audiobook collections–Readings by Sylvia Platt, Langston Hughes, And Dylan Thomas; Old times Crime And Science fiction plays; A great one HP Lovecraft Gallery Even more so. But that way of directing things really only scratches the surface of what Spotify has to offer. You do not even need a subscription to listen to them.
Storynery offers free audiobooks for children with a mix of classic, fairy tales and original stories. They are definitely for kids, but for anyone who really wants to hear them Brothers Grimm Folk Tales, Myths of Aesop, Or stories 1,001 nights Again.
Michael Kozlovsky is the editor-in-chief of Good E-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, the Huffington Post and the New York Times.
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