Where to Download Free Audiobooks Legally?
If you love to read, but don’t have enough time to sit down with a book, audiobooks is the way to go. You can listen to them wherever you are, whatever you’re doing (I usually listen to audiobooks when I’m cooking and most of my friends listen to them while driving). But there is one problem – audiobooks cost money. That is, if you get them from Amazon. But there are sites where you can download free audiobooks legally. Here are my favourite ones:
Librivox is a great find because it has a vast audiobooks library. It’s a community-powered project where people like you and me read books, record them, and upload them to the website. Librivox has free audiobooks in nearly every language, so it’s also handy if you are learning a foreign language. So, how does Librivox manage to provide free legal downloads? Easy! All books are classical literature, which makes them royalty-free, public domain material.
Books Should Be Free
Books Should Be Free is another fabulous website with tons of free public domain audiobooks. Books on this site are sorted in a nice Pinterest-like layout, so it’s both easy to use and attractive. You can download books in various format to listen to them as MP3s, on your iPhone, Android phone, or Kindle. You can also download books in various eBook and text formats from this website.
Another site with lots of free audiobooks. Librophile has been recently redesigned and now it looks a bit like Books Should Be Free. That’s good, though, because the redesign made the website easier to use. You can download free audiobooks in different formats, download free eBooks, and sort books by popular titles, date when they were added, or by genre.
If you want something fresher than classical literature, Podiobooks is the place to go. This website houses some cool contemporary literature. Where else can you find free Fantasy, Horror and Thriller audiobooks? You can listen to the books on the website or via iTunes. Books are free, but you are encouraged to tip authors to support them.
If you have children and if you desperately need bed-time stories, go to Storynory. It’s a dedicated free audiobook site for children and you’ll definitely find some great stories for your little ones. There are fairytales, classics, original stories, and even educational audiobooks on the site. You can listen to the stories right there on Storynory or download them to your computer. You will find all-time favourites like The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. All books are beautifully read, too. I particularly like the Christmas chapter from The Wind in the Willows read by Geoffrey Newland.
As you can see, you don’t have to pay for audiobooks. There is plenty of free stuff to download and listen to online.