Audiobooks are an excellent way to add life to written words and incorporate reading into your busy schedule. Whether you’re driving, working out, cooking, or just relaxing, audiobooks can be a perfect companion. While Audible remains one of the most popular audiobook apps, there are several other lesser-known options worth considering. Here are six audiobook apps that you might find useful.
Audiobooks.com is a subscription-based service offering one audiobook credit and one VIP book credit for $14.95 per month. With access to 425,000 audiobooks, you can also join genre clubs for unlimited access to titles in specific genres for a month. Alternatively, you can purchase individual titles, and the service also provides a 30-day free trial with three free audiobooks.
Everand from Scribd offers access to audiobooks, as well as ebooks and magazines, for $11.99 per month. The app allows streaming access to titles and enables offline listening and reading. It also provides a 30-day free trial for those who want to give it a test run.
Libby is a budget-friendly option that allows you to enjoy thousands of free audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines from your local library. While popular titles may have a waiting period, you can borrow these items for up to three weeks. Multiple library cards can be added to the app, expanding your access to more titles.
Hoopla is another app that offers free access to audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines through affiliated libraries. It also includes TV shows and movies, and provides standard audiobook controls such as a sleep timer and bookmarking.
Surprisingly, Spotify offers 15 hours of free audiobook listening every month for Premium members. This new offering makes Spotify a viable option for those who only plan on listening to a limited number of audiobooks. Additionally, Spotify allows users to purchase audiobooks individually.
Lastly, Libro.fm stands out for its support of local bookstores. For $14.99 per month, users receive one audiobook credit and can also purchase audiobooks à la carte. Partnering with over 2,500 bookstores, Libro.fm offers DRM-free audiobooks that can be listened to on any app or device, and are yours to keep forever.