The Best Audiobook Apps

The Best Audiobook Apps

 

Hey listeners! As you dive into our audiobook deals, we’re sure you’re curious about the best options for how to listen to your selection. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best audiobook apps so you can quickly and easily pump up your playlist on your device. Keep scrolling to learn more about the top apps we recommend.


Audible

  • Overview: The audio sister of Amazon Kindle, Audible has a huge selection of eBooks across a variety of genres. Your monthly subscription includes one credit for redeeming one book - or you can purchase more credits if needed.
  • Cost: $14.95/month after a free 30 day trial.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices as well as on Fire tablets, Kindles, and Sonos devices.

Audiobooks.com

  • Overview: Audiobooks.com has a huge selection of audiobook offerings. Just like Audible, the cost of your monthly subscription includes one credit for redeeming one book - or you can purchase more credits if needed.
  • Cost: $14.95/month after a free 30 day trial.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

Audiobooks Now

  • Overview: Audiobooks Now offers deeply discounted audiobooks through their unique pricing model. With their lower monthly subscription cost, readers are entitled to one free “premium” audiobook and then 50% off your first regular audiobook purchase of the month. From there, other monthly purchases are good for 35-40% off the normal price.
  • Cost: $4.99/month after a free 30 day trial.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for most iOS or Android devices.

Scribd

  • Overview: Scribd gives its users access to unlimited monthly books and audiobooks - a different model from other apps’ methods of redeeming credits.
  • Cost: $9.99/month after a free 30 day trial.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

Spotify

  • Overview: Yep, that’s right! Spotify has audiobooks. Registered under their “Word” category, you’ll need to search Spotify for “audiobooks” and scroll down to see their offerings. This is a great listening option for those who already pay for Spotify accounts.
  • Cost: $9.99/month for the premium plan, $4.99/month for the student plan.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

Nook Audiobooks

  • Overview: Many of you are familiar with Nook for its eBook selection, but they have audiobooks for download as well! Their app is free to install. Users only pay for the books they purchase and not to use the app.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices. Note that you are not able to purchase in the iOS app and will need to use your mobile browser to buy an audiobook.

Kobo 

  • Overview: Similar to Audible and Audiobooks.com, paying for Kobo’s subscription plan will give you one credit per month that can be applied to any audiobook on their site. Once you download an audiobook, you can keep it forever in your library.
  • Cost: $9.99/month after a free 30 day trial.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

Google Play Books

  • Overview: This digital distribution service is run by, you guessed it, Google. This app is like Nook Audiobooks - you download the app for free and then pay once you buy an audiobook.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

Apple Books

  • Overview: If you have an iPhone or Apple device, chances are that you use the Apple Books app for reading and listening to your favorite digital books. With a free app download, you can go on to purchase audiobooks individually and not be limited to a subscription fee.
  • Cost: Free.
  • Where to download: Available on the app store for iOS devices, including Apple Watches.

    Libby

    • Overview: Syncing up with your local public library, Libby utilizes information like your library card code to provide you with completely free eBooks and audiobooks. Of course, just like with library books, your selection is limited to those that are available and not “checked out”. You will need to “return” your audiobook after a certain period of time.
    • Cost: Free.
    • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

    Downpour

    • Overview: When you become a member of downpour, you’ll receive one credit for your $12.99 payment. This credit is redeemable for the audiobook of your choosing. However, you also have the option to purchase without a membership simply by paying through a valid customer account.
    • Cost: $12.99/month.
    • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

    Hoopla

    • Overview: Very similar to Libby, hoopla partners with libraries across the US and Canada to provide access to eBooks, audiobooks, and more. You can use your library card to borrow audiobooks at absolutely no cost to you.
    • Cost: Free.
    • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

    LibriVox

    • Overview: LibriVox is a source for completely free public domain audiobooks that are read by people all around the world. Instead of paying for professional narrators, this service allows anyone to volunteer to read for them - saving you big money!
    • Cost: Free.
    • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.

    Libro.fm

    • Overview: What sets Libro.fm apart is that they partner with independent bookstores. When you download their app for free, you’ll then be asked to choose an indie bookstore to support. All audiobook purchases you make will then be split in two - with money going to both Libro.fm and the store you’ve chosen to support. This is a great way to support your bookstore community!
    • Cost: Free, although there are multiple payment plans like a la carte listening or a $14.99/month membership.
    • Where to download: Available on the app stores for iOS or Android devices.


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