Ahh, audiobooks. I know that talking about them can be a bit of a controversial topic because people either love them more than life or hate them with a burning passion. Some people think that it’s cheating to listen to an audiobook because you haven’t technically “read it.” Merphy Napier says it best on her BookTube channel in this video. You only have to watch the first minute and a half to hear her logic behind how listening to audiobooks is “real reading.” Definitely check that out because she says it better than I could have.
That being said, I love audiobooks, and I know I’m not the only one. There are three ways that I listen to my audiobooks without spending a ton of money! Not everyone knows all of the great audiobook resources out there, so I figured I’d share my favorite audiobook platforms that I use.
Audible is probably the most well known audiobook website because they’ve been around the longest and have the widest variety of titles. You pay a monthly fee of $14.95, and that gets you one audiobook credit. After downloading a title, it is yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your account with Audible.
They also offer a free 30 day trial with a free audiobook when you sign up. Just for being a member, you get 30% off any additional audiobooks that you want to get after using your credit; however, the audiobooks are pretty pricey (around $30 per book).
Tip: If you sign up for the Audible Daily Deal, they will send you links to discounted Audible audiobooks that are usually only a few dollars.
Scribd (iOS/Android | $8.99/month)
This is an awesome app audiobook addicts, as well as people who like reading on their phone or tablet. For $8.99 a month, you can access thousands of books, audiobooks, newspapers & magazines, and even sheet music.
I use it exclusively for audiobooks because I personally don’t really enjoy reading on my electronic devices. Scribd has a vast variety of audiobooks that you download for one credit. You accumulate three reading credits and one audiobook credit per month and they can accumulate. Also, audiobooks are only around $8 to purchase if you’ve used up all your credits, which is a super great price.
Update: As of February 2018, Scribd no longer uses credits. For $8.99 a month, you get unlimited access to all of their books, audiobooks, etc.
This is a new find for me. It’s made by OverDrive (the more popular library digital distribution app), and so I decided to give it a try. It is much more user-friendly and atheistically pleasing than OverDrive is, in my opinion, but it’s essentially the same thing.
To use Libby, you have to have at least one library card (but you can add more than one), and that grants you access to your library’s selection of digital audiobooks and books to read on your phone or tablet. If the book is available, you can start listening/reading right away, and you have 14 days until you have to return it. If it’s waitlisted, you can put your name on the list, but the wait can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, which is honestly the only downside to Libby to me. It’s very satisfying when you find a book that’s available because you can listen to it right then and there for free!