While many people associate iPhones and iPods with apps, music, and movies, they’re also a great way to listen to audio books. Whether out for a walk, at the gym, on a plane, or in the car, you can bring dozens of audio books with you on your iPod or iPhone. Here are best 5 websites that offer free, downloadable audio books for your enjoyment.
1. Loyal Books
Loyal Books (formerly Books Should Be Free) is an online catalog of free audiobooks from sources like LibriVox and Project Gutenberg (all books in the public domain). The audio books here are completely free and can be downloaded either as a podcast or as an MP3. Titles are offered in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and more.
LibriVox is an amazing site where anyone can volunteer to read and record an audiobook of any book that is in the public domain. Since these are public domain-only books, you won’t find the latest titles here, but if you’re looking for a wide selection of classic titles, especially if you’re interested in hearing them in a large number of different languages, LibriVox is a good choice.
Teachers may find Lit2Go to be a particularly good resource for their students. This site, which offers a couple hundred free audiobooks, collects classic literature into bite-sized chunks. For instance, a long novel like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland appears as 12 separate downloads for easy assignment and listening. Even better, each selection come with reading strategies, transcripts, and more.
Podiobooks is one of the few sites that offers truly free audio books by modern authors. While you won’t find the major names here, Podiobooks is packed full of free audio books by authors in more than two dozen genres (including public domain classics). The books are supported by listener donations, with 75% of donations going to authors. Options including listening on the site or downloading MP3s.
ThoughtAudio is another source of free audiobooks using public domain texts. You’ll find dozens of free MP3s, with longer books often broken up into multiple files. ThoughtAudio offers a nice bonus: PDFs of the text being read. Since the works it offers are public domain, it can provide these books for free, doubling the bang for your non-existent buck at the site.