Do you love to read but don’t have the time? Then it’s time to give audiobooks a try! This post explains how to find thousands of audiobooks and listen to them FOR FREE.
A few years ago I was lamenting to a coworker about how, since becoming a mom, I felt I had lost the ability to do some of the things I really love like reading books.
She immediately sat taller in her chair and beamed me a smile asking, “Have you ever given audiobooks a try?!”
Why… no. I hadn’t. In fact, the thought had never even crossed my mind.
Mom brain, you guys. It’s real and it’s fierce.
She then took the next three minutes explaining where to find them and how to listen to them for free. Three minutes is all it took because it truly is that easy and that free.
Sure, there’s services where you can pay for audiobooks and they certainly have their benefits.
For instance, Amazon’s Audible program has virtually unlimited selections and you never have to wait for them to become available. That’s pretty great! However, you have to pay for it. I don’t know about you, but there are only so many monthly subscriptions I am willing to open my wallet for.
Listen to AudioBooks for Free!
What you’ll need
There are very few things you’ll need to gain access and listen to audiobooks. The list includes:
- A library card
- A smart phone
- A few apps installed on your smart phone (see next section)
- Bluetooth ear buds, headphones or ear pods (these are optional but highly recommended)
Where to Find Free AudioBooks
Audiobooks can be found a few different ways.
First, you’ll need to download one or two of the following apps onto your smartphone:
- Libby, by Overdrive
Personally, I have the Overdrive and Hoopla apps on my phone.
The big pro of Hoopla is that every title they have is available immediately. However, they don’t have an unlimited selection of titles.
Overdrive, however, is tied to your library’s database. They is a huge selection of audiobooks to choose from (they have almost everything) but you may have to put a hold on it and wait for it (sometimes for months) if it is a really popular read.
Both of these apps require a current library card. When you first install the app you will be asked to locate your library location and enter your library card number.
After the app is installed on your phone and your account is created, you can search for book titles directly through the app.
Either that, or go directly to your local library’s website and search for it within their catalog. Once located, you can choose the audiobook option and download it to the Overdrive app. .
How to Listen to AudioBooks
Listening to audiobooks is really as simple as pressing a button. Merely open up the app and click on the book you have downloaded.
When at home, I like to listen to mine with wireless, Bluetooth ear pods so I can remain hands free and multitask with chores or cooking. I also like to listen to audiobooks in the car, commuting around town or when I am out for a walk.
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Side note: contrary to what you might think, you cannot keep audiobooks forever. Each app has a limit as to the number of days you can “check out” the audiobook. Hoopla usually allows 2 or 3 weeks and, with them, even if it expires, you can immediately go back and download it again.
With Overdrive, however, you can only keep books for about 14 days and, once they expire, you may have wait months again to get it back if it was a really popular read with a long wait list.