This post may look a bit familar. I originally posted it last spring but since some things have changed in the audiobook world, I updated it a bit!
I remember the when I download my first audiobook. I downloaded Librovox files onto a strange little mp3 player I had and listened to Treasure Island while working.
My mind was blown. The time that was usually spent working can also be devoted to absorbing some works of classic literature. There was also the added benefit of not completely losing my shit while doing some of the more mind-numbing aspects of my day job.
That was 7 years ago and the world of audiobooks has changed profoundly in that time and the options seem to be limitless. These limitless options can be a bit overwhelming so I wanted to share a few resources to get you started.
Overdrive works in conjunction with thousands of libraries to offer ebooks and audiobooks for free. You can download the app on pretty much any phone, computer and tablet, log on with your library card and you are on your way.
Pros: It’s free, baby!
Cons: Waiting lists can be a killer if your library is small (like mine).
If you are looking for another way to get free audiobooks and are also a podcast listener check out the many books that are narrated into podcast form. They are usually self-published or classic books and I cannot speak to the quality but it is worth checking out.
These are the heavy-hitters when it comes to audiobooks; both of them offering thousands of audiobooks. The plans start at $14.95 per month and that gives you one book. You can, of course, get more books per month if you wish.
Pros: The apps are great and easy to use, and they have pretty much any book you could ever ask for.
Cons: It is easy to get on book buying overload and can get expensive.
For a straight $8.95 monthly fee, Scribd gives you access to unlimited ebooks and comics. They switched their service a few months back from unlimited audiobooks to a credit for one audiobook per month.
Pros: Unlimited ebooks and comics!
Cons: Limited amount of front list titles.