There is a reason for audiobooks to enjoy the popularity they have. They fit perfectly into the busy schedule of a working woman and the eccentricity of a multitasking woman. You can listen to an audiobook while commuting, or jogging, or cooking. That is time management in its finest form. If you haven't listened to an audiobook yet, don't worry. Every day is simply perfect to start this new habit. However, you may need some help with finding the right app. Here are some of the most popular audiobook apps. If you are a beginner, let's start with free ones.
Spotify is an app widely known for music. Many love it for the variety of podcasts as well. Not a lot of people are aware that Spotify has audiobooks because it is a comparatively new feature. The completely free app has a bunch of curated audiobooks which you can find by searching audiobooks. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, start with 'Descendant of the crane'. You will also find all four books in the 'The raven cycle' series too. The app has a decent collection of classic literature too.
LibriVox has been around since 2005 and this app is completely free because it is in the public domain. This digital library is home to over 15,000 books. While most of the titles are in English, you will find books in regional languages as well. The only disadvantage of the app is that you can only listen to books that are legally free. LibriVox only records material that is in the public domain in the United States. If you want to listen to contemporary literature or a new release, this app is not for you. LibriVox is most popular for classic fiction.
Loyal Books is another free app with over 7000 audiobooks. You can either search for the title you want by entering the name or browsing through the genres. There is also a 'top 100' curated list that will help you to pick a popular read. You can download these files as an MP3 file to your iTunes or Android phone. You will find books in several languages ranging from ancient Greek and Finnish to Japanese and Tamil. If you are interested in older books that are not always on the list of popular classics, Loyal Books may make you happy. Some such books to check out are Lady Audley's Secret, The Circular Staircase, and The Woman in White.
Oodles Books has 50,000 free audiobooks and ebooks that will work both on iOS and Android. Most of them are classics. If ads are likely to irk you, you can get an ad-free version for USD 19.99 per year. The app is known for its user-friendly interface. If you are a fan of Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Cervantes, Mark Twain, and Lewis Carroll or new to their work and do not want to spend money on buying a paperback, Oodles Books is a promising option. You can filter the options and narrow down the search by language, author, popularity, and genre. The app also has day and night modes. If you want to remember a page, there is a bookmark to feature to make it easy.
Libby is another free app for books that allow you to access several digital libraries. It resembles a physical library and gives you a digital library card. Unlike many other free apps, Libby will give you access to contemporary literature as well. The app has over 800,000 patrons all over the world. There is a renew option for every book. It will be activated three days before the lending period's expiry date. The option will appear next to each title you have borrowed. There is no fine if you do not renew it but the book will be returned to the shelf automatically. It acts as a prompt to finish reading the book you have chosen.
Google Play Books is probably an app that is on your phone but you have never used it. If you have, you may not have taken notice that it is home to a bunch of audiobooks as well. You can download them to several devices including a computer, Android, Google Home, Google Assistant, iPhones, and iPads. While there are free books, you also have the option to buy some titles.
If you are a fan of regional languages and literature, Storytel is your best option. There is a wide range of Indian language books to choose from. This is not a free app but it comes with several affordable payment plans that provide good value. The cheapest plan is to pay Rs. 83 for a month and the most expensive one is paying Rs. 249 for a month. You have the choice of several annual plans as well. You can also choose to include or exclude English books in your plan. Once you subscribe, you have unlimited access to audiobooks. If you are learning an Indian language that is not your mother tongue, giving Storytel a chance may work in your favour.
Audible is an Amazon product and it may have the most extensive library. However, this audiobook has pros and cons. The good news is that you will find every book, new and old, here. The bad news is that even with a subscription you do not have free, unlimited access to all of them. Some books are free for you to read. The rest of them need to be purchased individually, which means you own them even after cancelling the membership. Members can also buy additional audiobooks at any time for 30% off the list price. You will receive a book free every month too. Everyone will get a 30-day trial period during which you can claim one free book. Amazon Prime members will get a 90-day trial period. Audible India's price starts at just Rs. 199 per month.
Scribd is an audiobook app that can give competition to Audible. This subscription service has one million titles and is often called the Netflix for books. Unlike Audible, users can pay a subscription fee of USD 8.99 per month and access unlimited books a month. It is also the first subscription service to offer unlimited access to audiobooks. It also has a joint subscription with The New York Times for USD 12.99 per month. Scribd is known for its variety which includes comics and graphic novels.
Kobo is another paid audiobook app that gives you a 30-day free trial and a free book when you subscribe. You need to pay a fee of USD 9.99 after the trial period. This app also allows you to adjust listening speed and set a sleep timer, which means you don't have to worry about falling asleep while listening and forgetting to pause the book. When you pay the subscription fee every month, you will receive a credit which you are free to use any audiobook regardless of its price. And you get access to exclusive content including Kobo originals.