When you are on the go, audio books can be a great substitute for ebook downloads. Here are top 15 websites that offer free audio book downloads in MP3, M4B, OGG formats and via iTunes podcasts.
Most of them contain classic audio books in English, but there are free audio books in Spanish, French, and German languages. Also we’ll list websites with free audio books for kids, poetry and fairy tales. So let’s compare best audio books download sites.
Audible.com is Amazon audio book service that has the biggest choice of audiobooks in the universe: fiction, non-fiction, audio books for kids, poetry, etc. It’s a paid subscription system, but free offers spring up on the website from time to time.
At Audible there are both modern and classic audio books. All audio books are of high quality and available for all mobile devices – iPhone/iPod, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone. Audible audio books are compatible with 500+ mp3 players, so you won’t have problems listening to your favorite book.
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Audiobooks.com is the website with a wide selection of modern audio books. Apart from grouping by genres, there are definite lists for topical reading which can be downloaded as well.
You can play or download any book for free, but only for 30 days. So, you must be a quick listening reader to get the book most profitably, but the website is definitely worth it.
ThoughtAudio contains various audio books which you are able to download by chapters (no full audio book download). Go to the website, filter by author, read the book summary and download what you want.
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LibriVox is a well-known source of free audio books. Use the search box on the site homepage, input a writer name or a book title and get the list of audio books. The good thing is that there are 2 download options – OGG and MP3, plus full book download.
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PodioBooks boasts of an opportunity to listen to audio books on iPod, iPhone or iPad via iTunes podcasts. PodioBooks library is easy to surf; you may filter books by type, author, book name and listen to them via website audio player. But the choice of books will hardly satisfy audio book fans.
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6. Open Culture
Open Culture website has the “Free Audio Books” page where you see links to free audio book downloads from different resources including Audible, iTunes, YouTube and free mp3 downloads from public domain sites.
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7. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg claims to offers about 42,000 free ebooks and audio books. It’s one of the biggest online public libraries. Project Gutenberg stores audio books from all over the world. The audio books are divided into computer and human-read. Plus, Project Gutenberg allows you to select audio file quality for download.
Project Gutenberg website
Storynory hosts free audio books for kids. Here you’ll download fairy tales, stories, and classic books for children in audio format. The download options are MP3 files or iTunes podcasts.
Librophile is a really user-friendly audio book website. All books listed in the catalog go with a description, a book cover, and a download link. Besides, there is an option to listen to audio books online.
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10. Educational Technology Clearinghouse
Educational Technology Clearinghouse collected audio books for kids and published them on this website. Search for an audio book, download it in MP3 and get PDF transcript if necessary.
Educational Technology Clearinghouse site
11. Free Classic Audio Books
Free Classic Audio Books website has a bunch of popular classic books in English which you get using search box. One huge benefit of this web destination is the ability to save audio books in standard MP3 and M4B formats. M4B is the best audio book file type for Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad devices.
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12. Audio Closet
Audio Closet gathers classic audio books that are read by people not by computer software. The book collection is really small but the sound is good. Each book has a description and a free download link.
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ejunto compiles history and philosophy audio books. Not a big audio book list, but you can enjoy book via iTunes or MP3 download by chapters.
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14. Kiddie Records Weekly
Kiddie Records Weekly is another site with audio books for kids. There are fairy tales sorted by record date, classic books for kids and short stories. Listen to these audio books online or download them by chapters in mp3.
Kiddie Records Weekly web page
15. Books Should Be Free
Books Should Be Free is a small website which collects classic audio books. Choose a genre (fiction, poetry, etc), select your language (for example, English, French or Spanish) and stream an audio book online.
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