We all know how to get free stuff but do you know how to get free stuff legally? Audio books are a fantastic resource for making journeys more interesting, for enjoying a little escapism while at work or for learning a new language or skill. Regardless of why you want free audio books, here is how to get them.
There are a number of websites that offer free audio books that are completely legal and above board. You may have to stick with classics or forego the Hollywood narrator for an unknown but the rest of the experience should be identical. So here is my top seven websites that offer free audio books.
1. Open Culture
Open Culture is a large repository of mainly classic titles that delivers decent quality audio books for free. The website is simple and no-nonsense but makes downloading your book of choice simple. There is the usual search and browse function and a huge range of classics from all genres.
Librophile is a huge repository of audio books that you can either download to your device or stream from the website. Again, it is mainly the classics but there are a huge variety of books to choose from. There are also paid audio books too if you’re looking for something more contemporary.
3. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is massive and contains a huge repository of ebooks and audio books for download. All are free and mainly out of copyright and there are literally thousands to choose from. Project Gutenberg is as much an online library as it is a download source and is well worth a look.
Librivox is created and managed by volunteers that upload books and run the site. It also hosts ebooks and audio books which you can use online or download. The website is simple and makes it easy to search or browse to what you’re looking for. It is easy to use with a mobile or desktop.
Podiobooks is another audio book repository worthy of your time. This site is a little different in that it features up and coming authors rather than the classics. If you like to explore new talent and hear their work offered for free before they become famous, this is the place to do it. The website isn’t the prettiest in the world but it gets the job done.
NewFiction is a decent looking website that also features new and up and coming authors. It has a wide range of genres and a decent catalog of content, everything from horror to easy reading. It also features episodic stories and iSoaps for a little extra interest.
7. Greatest AudioBooks
The subtly titled Greatest AudioBooks is also something different. It is a YouTube channel offering a huge range of audio books to stream for free. It has a wide range of self-help, fiction, non-fiction and more. Everything from the State of the Union Address to learn Italian.
Those are just seven of the hundreds of websites that offer free audio books. Got any recommendations for TechJunkie readers? Let us know below.