Audiobooks are a combination of the best of two worlds: the delight of a good story and the convenience of listening instead of reading. In addition, they are a great company, whether you are cooking your favorite dish or going behind the wheel for a long time. But bringing books to your ears can be more expensive than you would expect. Luckily, the internet offers an infinite number of alternatives at no cost, as long as you don't mind dispensing with more prominent stories or choosing classic titles. Here we explain how to download audiobooks from our favorite sites (there are also mobile applications that provide the same service). Most are in English, so they will also be a great option to practice this language.
Open Culture is one of the best places to find educational and cultural material. Here contents are collected from all over the internet and an admirable collection of audiobooks (classic, mainly) that you can download or listen to is presented on streaming. In addition, it has support for various audio formats.
The site organizes its audiobooks by genre (fiction and literature, not fiction and poetry) and alphabetically, according to the last names of the authors.
Lit2Go is a great source of free audiobooks. This classic design site, managed by the Florida Center for Educational Technology, contains an extensive collection of short stories and downloadable poems. Most audiobooks are offered as MP3 files or as brief fragments of specific chapters.
The search option on the homepage is nice, as is the black and white design that accompanies each title and each book collection. You can search by author, title, genre, collection and reading level (from small children to pre-university students).
Our favorites? Protofeminist literature and autumn verses. After all, nothing inspires classical poetry like changing seasons.
Formerly known as Podiobooks, Scribl offers some of the best alternative audiobooks, many of them recently published. The site distributes audiobook series going RSS; just click on the link of any audiobook to start the streaming or downloading the narration.
Although the collection is somewhat limited, you can search by author, genre, date of publication and title. The site also allows you to donate directly to your favorite author.
Formerly known as Books Should Be Free, Loyal Books is a site for the whole family that offers material for fans of classical literature. It has a good collection of novels and short stories of public domain in multiple languages. They are available in MP3 and MP4 formats, as a podcast and as an RSS feed. You can also listen to chapters in streaming.
The titles are organized by genre, language and popularity. You can search for specific books using Google's integrated search. In addition, most of the books include ratings and reviews from those who have heard them, so you have a better idea of what to expect before starting playback.
It doesn't matter how good a father or mother you are; It is a fact that many times there is not enough time to tell children a story before bedtime. Storynory provides a solution. It offers a collection of original and classic stories, in addition to short novels created specifically for children.
Currently, the site includes a few hundred titles and the number is constantly growing, since at least one new story is published every week. In addition, Storynory boasts some of the most outstanding storytellers.
Since each story uses an HTML5 player, you can listen to the material in virtually any phone, tablet or browser. Story contests that the site organizes from time to time encourage creativity for the benefit of your children.
OverDrive does not offer audiobooks directly. Instead, it is a platform through which libraries or schools can lend audiobooks. That means that although the material is basically free, there is a time limit similar to that of any other book you can borrow. In addition, you will need a library card or school ID to access these contents.
The digital material available depends on the institution or state. For example, the North Carolina Digital Library currently offers 131 audiobooks out of a total of one thousand that you can read at this time, including The Girl on the Trainfrom Paula Hawkins and RevivalStephen King As for the other titles, you can reserve them until they are ready to be borrowed.
After linking OverDrive with your local library or school, there are several ways to access the content. The Libby application on the site serves public libraries and Sora offers audiobooks to students. There is also an application for Windows 10, while Chromebooks use the Android app. Those who use a Mac should use a browser.