Have you tired an audio book on your mobile? It sounds great! The audio book craze began in the year 2005 and now 40 % of people say they have listened to an audio book. After the iPods and other gadgets having movies and streaming music, audio books are popular too.
So many of you might ask what is the difference between e books and audio books?
- An ebook is a digital representation of a printed book. You can read an ebook and they are not all available for download, some can only be viewed within a browser, web app or webpage.
- An audiobook is a sound recording of a book. It may be in cassette tape, CD or MP3 format. One listens to audiobooks and can be downloaded.
That makes listening to a book interesting whether you are for a walk, at the gym, on a plane or in a car, you can just bring dozens of audio books to listen with your iPhone or iPod.
Here are 10 websites that offer free, downloadable audio books for you to enjoy.
All You Can Books is a website that has over 30,000 of audio books for you to choose from their catalogue. They offer 30 days free download of audio books after which you have to pay $19.99 (USD)/monthly and get access to unlimited offers. A month’s free time is also great to have the audio books for free. If you do not wish to continue after the free period you can then cancel your subscription anytime.
With great classics to the Harry Potter series audible (from Amazon) has more than 180,000 audio books for you. This website is the oldest and most trusted since 1997 to offer downloadable audio books. You have 30 day free trial to have the audio books of your choice and later on you can have primarily a subscription service—plans run from $180 to $275/year for 12-24 audio books.
Apart from this Audible has a free iPhone app at iTunes that provides access to your Audible library via Wi-Fi.
Though you will find the design and appearance of this UK based site not so luring but it offers a large selection of public domain books, while some of its more recent books provide 100% of the money generated to the authors.
You can download virtually any audio book on the site for free but a bit not so good quality. For good quality format the site offers a price range from US$5-$8. You can also purchase the site’s entire library on DVD for $100, hard drive, and other formats.
Loyal books offer audio books absolutely free for everyone and can be downloaded either as podcast or as an MP3 format. It has a huge collection of audio books be it fiction, children, mystery, romance or fantasy.This site not only offers the latest categories of audio books but also offers public domain io books from authors who are no more alive. Most of its over 7,000 titles are drawn from Project Gutenberg and LibriVox. Titles are offered in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and more.
Actually this is a music store but has started to add audio books to download. You have to register to this site to have the download and subscribe to a plan you like- which runs from US$6.49/month to $133.99/year if you pay in advance. Literature fans can add on audiobook downloads to their plans for anywhere from $9.99/month for 1 book/month to $179.99/year (paid in advance) for 24 books.
The audio book selection is robust and includes the latest big-name titles and authors as well as less-well-known works.
Librivox is a free public domain audio books library. There are two options for you to click at the site. Read and Listen. LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world. LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.
You can listen to these audio books which come on many languages and are available as 64 or 128 kbps MP3s. Though there are wide selection of classic titles but latest are updated a bit later at the site. You will surely enjoy hearing these audio books.
Here you can download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or iPhone Also you can find the links given to iTunes or Audible.com for downloading these books. With more than 700 audio books you’ll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells and more. Expect to find public domain classics as well as modern masterworks too.
The large collection at the site also has freely available media like movies, courses, language lessons and books.
8.Podiobooks (truly free)
Podiobooks is packed full of free audio books by authors in more than two dozen genres (including public domain classics). The books are supported by listener donations, with 75% of donations going to authors. Options including listening on the site or downloading MP3s.
One especially cool twist with Podiobooks, and a major focus of the site, is serialized audiobooks. In this case, authors will release their books chapter by chapter and allow users to subscribe to the book and get each chapter as it’s released. You will truly get free audio books by modern authors at this site.
Project Gutenberg is the most popular and prominent website of free, public domain ebooks and audio books on the web. It has great catalogue to offer and all for free to download ib MP3, MP4B, Speex or Ogg Vorbis formats. The site is great for classics though latest books are very few to find here.
Lit2Go is a free online collection of audio book of stories and poems in Mp3 format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. This site is run by Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse and you can browse by author, title, genre, collection, and even reading level for school kids (grades K through 12). The bulk of the audiobooks can be downloaded as a single MP3 or as short, segmented passages of specific chapters. The homepage search option is also a nice touch, as is the black-and-white artwork that accompanies each title and book collection.
There are few other websites too which provide great audio books. Do share which one you like best.