As we find new ways to consume information, audiobooks are becoming more popular than ever. Finding the best place for audiobooks is a huge time saver.
Books have gone from something we curl up with on the couch to something we can listen to as we drive to work, or exercise at the gym.
Here is a list of the best places that you can find audiobooks. Some of these sites are free, and some will require a small investment.
The problem with some free audiobook sites
You’ll find on this list, that most of the free audiobook services make it extremely difficult to listen to your books on phones and other devices.
This, unfortunately, comes with the territory as free audiobook sites are far smaller than sites like Audible or Spotify.
Also, most free sites only offer books that are public domain, so the selection is limited.
Note: I am not including sites with a premium option like Spotify when I talk about ‘free’ sites, even though there is a free version.
Best place for audiobooks
Without a doubt, the leader for audiobooks is Audible. They have earned their status as the industry leader and are top of the pile in so many ways.
I have been an Audible subscriber since around 2012, and the subscription is one I constantly use.
They offer a no-bullshit subscription model that is easy to understand and has no hidden fees. What you pay for is what you get.
Prices depend on where you are, as the platform is established in some countries more than others.
Recently Audible has been producing some free content for subscribers which is usually of great quality. I find that their free content is enough to get me to the end of the month.
Audiobooks.com is another paid option for audiobooks with a kickass membership option.
For about $16 a month (that’s Australian dollars), you’ll be able to download two audiobooks a month, including one from their VIP selection.
In addition to that you’ll also get member discounts on future purchases.
You can visit audiobooks.com here.
Did you know that Spotify includes some Audiobooks as a part of their collection?
The popular streaming service isn’t known for their audiobooks and their selection is quite limited. However, if you’re looking for something new to listen to, Spotify could be a place to start.
Spotify has a free version, or you can buy the premium subscription and skip the ads. I have the premium version and love it.
This classic site still looks like one you’d have used in 1997, but Project Gutenberg is a great resource for free audiobooks.
These audiobooks are all public domain, so you know that you’re not doing anything too shady or downright illegal (which is always a bonus).
As all books are public domain, you won’t find any new releases, but if you want to catch up on some of the classics for free, then this is for you.
Librivox is a cool little project that crowd-sources public domain audiobooks. You can even volunteer to read an audiobook and upload it to the database.
As anybody can upload audiobooks, not every reader will be a five-star pro, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and I love the vibe of the site.
If you’re looking at reading one of the classics, and don’t really care if the book is read by a professional or not, Librivox is a great resource and unlike a lot of free sites, they do have apps available.
Have a library card? Well, you may be able to get as many Audiobooks as you like for free.
Overdrive connects with over 30,000 different libraries to share audiobooks for their members.
You can borrow and return audiobooks from your phone, without leaving your couch.
With features like offline listening, and the ability to copy some audio, Overdrive is a great solution for those who want to support their local public library or school.
While the platform has many different titles, you’re limited to the books that your library has the rights to, so the quality of this service will depend on your local library.
Google is testing the waters with Audiobooks, as it previously did with eBooks. While Google’s eBooks hardly put a dent in Amazon’s popular kindle selection, their eBooks do offer something different.
Google Play’s offering is perfect if you don’t want a subscription service and would rather buy individual titles.
Similar to Audible, you can listen to your books on almost any device and they also have a great number of titles available.
Look for Google’s offering to get better and better over time.
Kobo is an online book retailer that, like Google Play, is trying to chip away at Amazon’s stranglehold.
The program offers a cheaper alternative to Audible’s subscription package, but at this stage, doesn’t offer as many titles.
If you want a big-name title every month and aren’t too fussed if they don’t have every book you’ll want, then Kobo may be a great option for you.
While Audible is my personal go-to option, Audiobooks.com is also a good option for those who want to give something else than Audible a chance. I hope this guide have given you some insights on the options available, and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to an audiobook soon.