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I love to read, and try to read at least one or two books a month. However, listening to audio books has become one of my favorite ways to “read” even more books.
Audio books are a great way to pass time in the car, or multi-task at home while cleaning or exercising. It’s much easier for me to find time to listen to books than to sit down and read.
Where to Get Free Audio Books
My first intro to audio books was through an Audible free trial. Audible is a free app that sells digital audio books. The Audible free trial gives new customers at least 1 and sometimes 2 (depending on the current offer) free audio books. You can cancel your membership anytime, and keep the free audio book forever.
I actually ended up keeping my Audible membership because: 1) I love not having to wait to read the latest bestsellers, and 2) When I went online to cancel, I got an offer to stay as a member for $7.95/month. Full price is $14.95/month, which isn’t a bad price for what you get at all, but $7.95/month was too good to turn down.
The next best source for where to get free audio books is the local library.
The best way to find out what your library has to offer is to check the library website and/or go talk to a librarian. Most libraries use a free app, such as Overdrive, to allow library card owners to access digital audio books.
The down side to using the library for free audio books is that there is usually a waiting period for popular audiobooks. However, it’s not too big of an issue for me. I simply add audio books to my “Holds” list and find other audio books to listen to in the meantime. I get an email when the audio book is available for me to download.
Check out my ongoing list of where to find free audio books:
Check your local public libraries.
Library card holders can check out audio books from the library's collection.
Digital files are usually shared through an app such as Overdrive. Check with your local library for specifics.
Enjoy your favorite audiobooks in the mobile app, or on your computer. The desktop app supports transfer to a variety of devices and in many cases, burning to CD for listening on the road.
You will need a library card to access the audiobooks from your library with Overdrive.
Libby is a free app that your local library may use for audio books. Borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand and your library card.
Instantly borrow free digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows courtesy of your public library.