Books helped me become the person I am today, I wouldn’t be able to travel the world for a living if I didn’t invest in myself by reading books. Now I read much more than most people, however, I don’t always have the capabilities to get the physical book as I travel and I’ve never been a fan of Ebooks. Audiobooks entered my life about a year ago and absolutely changed my life, now I always listen to audiobooks during long journeys or while at the gym.
Audiobooks are great but being a “new” trend they’re still much more expensive than normal books. Try and buy an AudioBook on Amazon and they’re rarely below 10 bucks a pop! Now if you read a book a month that’s fine, but I tend to read at least 2 books a week so it definitely adds up quickly.
How To Get Audiobooks For Free
1. Audible Audiobooks – Get 3 Free Books
I had to start the article by talking about Audible as it’s something I use personally, I only use Audible if the books I want aren’t available by any of the other free resources below. However, if you are unsure if Audiobooks are for you or not, I would recommend starting with Audible as their free trial gives you 2 free books and they have the widest range to chose from the greatest quality in the AudioBook ecosystem. They’re a part of Amazon’s Empire after all!
I started out recommending Audible as you can see from the above picture, it’s right at the center of my home screen.
2. OverDrive – Your Local Library On The Go
If you have a library card, and if your library is a part of the OverDrive system you can log in to your library and borrow the books for free from your library on your phone. Whether that’s Ebooks or audiobooks you can borrow the books on your phone for free. You can also request for you library to get certain books for your library to get.
You also don’t worry about returning the book as the app automatically returns the book ones it expires. I personally use my dad’s library card from a library system in Orange Country in California and hence I have a lot of options to choose from. The library matters and a major library will give you access to more books than a tiny local library.
3. Public Domain Free Audiobooks
Many books are read and available in the public domain to download and share for free. They usually aren’t the same quality of the paid books but it serves the purpose.
- LibriVox: One of the best guys on the block. LibriVox offers free public domain books that are read by volunteers from all around the world! You can also volunteer and read a couple of books if you want! They have an app too which makes it easier to listen on the go.
- Archive.Org: The internet archive, the largest library of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and much much more. Archive.org is the biggest collection of open source platform ever!
- Here are a few more sites with a collection of open-source audiobooks – Project Gutenberg, Loyal Books, Open Culture, Lit 2 Go.
How To Get Free Audiobooks – How do you do it?
Well, I first start out going to Overdrive and checking if the book is available, if it’s not I’ll go to the public domain sites and try and download it. If it’s not available at both of the places, I go onto Audible and buy the book.
If you haven’t used Audible yet, I’d recommend you try and out and see if audiobooks suit you. You can get 2 free books if you sign up for the trial, my recommendations for your 2 books are “How To Win Friends and Influence People” and “Man’s Search For Meaning“.