Do you like listening to audiobooks?
They use to be crazy expensive, bulky, and an all around hassle to listen to, but in today’s digital world, they can be an awesome reading alternative. I shared my favorite reasons to listen to audiobooks in this post, but today, I wanted to share ten places you can download audiobooks for free.
10 Places to Download AudioBooks for FREE
This site use to be known as Books Should Be Free, but it is now Loyal Books. It offers free public domain audiobooks & eBook downloads. It allows you to sort books by genre, search for specific books, and more. It’s a great system with a well laid out design, and it even shows you the average star rating of each of the books. The best part is, there is no membership required. You can listen online or choose which type of file you would like download with just the click of a button. It doesn’t get any better than this. http://www.loyalbooks.com/
This website features free eBooks that aren’t copyrighted in the US. However, they also have a selection of audiobooks you can download. It’s a free site and actually partners with some of the other online book sites to broaden both libraries. You can check out their audiobooks here.
LibriVox is a website for free public domain audiobooks. They are read by volunteers around the world, in fact, you can volunteer to become a reader, which is pretty neat. Or just listen to one of their books on your computer, iPod, or other device. You can find out more here.
Storynory is a website geared mainly towards children’s audiobooks. But if you have kids, it’s an awesome resource. Their actors read myths, fairy tales, and original series. You can check it out here: http://www.storynory.com/
Learn Out Loud is an educational site with free audio and video files. It boasts over 10,000 free audiobooks, courses, talks, speeches, interviews and more. This might be a great resource for homeschoolers, college students, or anyone who loves to learn. You can find their free resources here: http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video
Digitalbook claims to have 100,000+ free audiobooks and eBooks on their site. You can find the free audiobooks that are currently trending here: https://www.digitalbook.io/trending-audiobooks-ebooks.html I will say that while they boast a large selection, their search engine and sorting leaves much to be desired. Their categories aren’t sorted in alphabetical order and some of them are duplicates or extremely similar having only one or two books in them.
This is actually an app for your iPhone that has over 8,500 free audiobooks available. This is by far the best free audiobook app we have come across, but I will also mention that Audiobooks (a separate app) is showing promise as well. They recently added over 1,000 new audiobooks to their library. So if you have an iPhone and love audiobooks, you may check out both apps and see which is best for you.
While this website lacks a search feature, they do have some unique audiobooks that could broaden your listening options. You can choose from Featured Titles, Top Rated Titles, and New Releases. Within those three categories, you can narrow it down to sort by genre (supposedly). I tried to look for non-fiction books, and all I got were fiction titles, so I’m not real sure how reliable their sorting works. And, as I mentioned, there is no search option at all. So This really isn’t a great option, but if you’re looking for something new, it is an option.
The Internet Archive is something that my friend Shelley just stumbled across, but it looks super promising. They have over 12,000 audiobooks / readings available. All of them are categorized so you can easily find books that appeal to you. It sounds awesome. If you check it out, let me know what you think.
While audible isn’t geared directly towards free audiobooks, they do have many free books available. And if you sign up for a free trial membership, you can get two free audiobooks. If you decided to keep your subscription, you get to read one audiobook a month for just $14.99. That’s not too bad since many audiobooks run twenty dollars or more. But, as I mentioned, they do have many free audiobooks as well. You can find all the books that are currently free on audible here (always verify the price yourself before clicking to buy/download).
If you love Christian books, Christian Audio offers one free book each month to their newsletter subscribers. Find out what this month’s free book is and sign up here.
They also offer a free trial of their monthly subscription (normally $14.95), and with that you get four free credits to use however you wish. Their system is different than Audible, and some books cost more credits than others. Many of them are just one credit, but some might be two or three. No matter which way you look at it, you can still score some extra free audio books by signing up for a trial membership.