If you live life on the go and don’t have much free time but still enjoy a good book, audio books are definitely going to be for you. Look below for the best deals on audio books!
Audible is probably the best known audiobook service, and paired with other Amazon services like Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading it’s got a lot to offer fans of the spoken word. For a $14.95 monthly subscription fee, members receive one credit, which is good for one audiobook no matter the original price. Members also receive 30% off list price on all titles, all the time. There are additional membership options too, including 2 credits per month for $22.95 or you can pay up front for 12 or 24 credits per year. One of the best parts of Audible is that if you don’t love a book you purchased, you can easily return it within one year of the purchase.
Scribd is a media subscription service that offers unlimited access to audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, news, sheet music, and documents uploaded by the community for $8.99 per month. They have tons of popular titles and new releases and are always adding more. If you’re a binge listener like me, sometimes you will notice that Scribd will limit the titles that are available, but this will usually only last until your next billing cycle begins and Scribd will notify you when the title becomes available. Scribd also offers free access to other apps exclusively for members, including Pocket, MUBI, Audm, Blinkest and FarFaria. Scribd is a great value and in conjunction with library apps like Libby and Hoopla, I usually check for titles here first before using a credit or buying a la carte on other apps.
Libro.fm lets you support your favorite independent bookstores while still enjoying the features of a service like Audible. Membership is $14.99 per month, which gets you one credit to spend every month, plus 30% off list price. To get started, you choose your local independent bookstore or any other participating bookstore from a drop-down menu in your account settings. Your first month is free. The Libro.fm app is basically just an audiobook player with a list of your books purchased and a very simple look. It features different narration speeds, bookmarks with notes, customizable skip forward/back, and a sleep timer with an “end of track” option.
Kobo offers an audiobook subscription service for $9.99 per month for one credit with the first month free. They also have a rewards program called Kobo Super Points, where you earn points for every dollar you spend and can redeem them for more audiobooks in the future. Additional credits can be purchased at a discounted rate. You can also purchase audiobooks outright for list price. The app features several narration speeds, sleep timer with “end of chapter” option, and customizable background colors, but no bookmarking feature or custom skip options.