Give Me 5 Minutes – And I’ll Give You the Places to Search for Great Audio Books!

One of the favorite things in this world is to go into my nook and curl up with a very good book. But unfortunately, with a long commute and a couple of important work to do it is so rare for me these days to have the time to kick back, relax and read. And that’s the reason why I now fancy audio books since they allow me to enjoy my books even when I’m on the move.

Usually I listen to around 4-5 books on a monthly basis. Two out of these books are from Audible since I’m a member. Before, I also downloaded the other books that I want to read from Audible but then in the long run I got tired from all of those extra fees that you have to pay and thus decided to surf the net to see if there are such things as free audio books. And I was blown away by what I have discovered.

Public Domain Audio Books

The books in this section are free for everyone to distribute since nobody has a copy right on the pieces. Here are sites that offers great downloads for free:

LibriVox – the ruler of them all. The site’s goal is to “make all public domain books available as free audio books.” It may not be as user-friendly as others but it rocks!

Librophile – gives off a clean and organized interface for searching an audio book that is available from LibriVox.

Learn Out Loud – contains over 2,000 free audio and video titles. They also have lectures, interviews, sermons and speeches available for download. A very user-friendly site which you can navigate through effortlessly.

Please also take note that the said books under the public domain categories are read by volunteers thus the quality of narration and production varies. I’m not saying that good ones are not available, it’s just that you have to be patient enough in search for the one you prefer.

The Books under Creative Commons License

PodioBooks exhibits serialized books distributed through RSS feed, similar to that of a podcast. Over 300 books are housed here plus a wide array of genres to choose from: chick lit, humor, fantasy, thrillers, sci-fi, magic, etc… And unlike the aforementioned sites, the ones on Podiobooks are new works that the authors want to share to the public under Creative Commons License. The books here are personally recorded by the authors themselves thus the quality are not the same.

Audio Books straight from your Local Library

Another way to download them is through your local library. There are lots of libraries that have a deal either NetLibrary or OverDrive. The said firms give the infrastructure for libraries to distribute digital content (e.g. a-books, ebooks, music and video). The best thing to do for you to go deeper into this is to simply visit the website for your local library.

One site that can be an example for this one is Download Audio Books Free – this site here will let you download a free audio book plus a loaning period of 14 days. At the end of this time, the book will expire and automatically “return” to the library (this means that you won’t have to pay for the late fees!)