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In our fast-paced society, it can be tough to find the time to curl up with a great book. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite novels or works of nonfiction.
Audiobooks let you take great stories on the go. And if you know where to look, you can get such books for free.
Following are four sources of free audiobooks.
1. Your public library
For hundreds of years, the library has been the best source around for free books. And that reality continues into the digital age.
Crystal Paine at points out that public libraries offer apps such as OverDrive and Hoopla that allow you to listen to audiobooks for free.
Just download the app and link it to your library card. Soon, you will be checking out audiobooks. Typically, you can listen for one to three weeks before you have to “return” it virtually so another listener can enjoy it, too.
Older works no longer retain their copyright status and instead enter the public domain. This is true of such classics as the plays of William Shakespeare, the beloved novels of Jane Austen and countless others.
offers free access to public domain audiobooks. You can download these titles and keep them forever. The only caveat here is that volunteers read the books for the recordings, so some titles may sound more polished and professional than others.
Side note: If you enjoy these complimentary titles — and would like to give back to the service — LibriVox is looking for .
If you’re looking for something shorter than a full-blown book, might be the site to seek out. According to :
The throwback site, run by Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse, contains a comprehensive collection of downloadable short stories and poems that you can browse by author, title, genre, collection and even reading level (grades K through 12).
Bonus: The site also allows you to print your selection as a PDF if you would like to read the old-fashioned way.
Finally, you can find a lot of free audiobooks on YouTube. Paine says a couple of good channels for free YouTube books are and .
Many of the books on YouTube are in the public domain. However, some others might be illegally recorded or shared. So, be sure to use your best judgment here.
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