Get Cheap Audiobooks
The high price tag is the one thing that puts many people off exploring the world of audiobooks. However, in this article, we will show you that it is possible to get cheap audiobooks if you’re willing to shop around for deals or explore some of the lesser-known services.
Now let’s dive into the Cheapest Way to Listen to Audiobooks:
1. Check Your Local Library
Your local library is a great place to rent audiobooks. But if you think the only type they have is in a bulky CD case, think again. Many libraries use the OverDrive platform, which allows you to borrow and listen to audiobooks for free.
Even if all of your local libraries use OverDrive, each one has a different collection within the platform. Therefore, if you have a membership with two or more different library branches, you will be able to attach both profiles to the app.
You can reserve a popular audiobook at both libraries, which can decrease your time spent on the waiting list and also increase the amount of time you have with the book. Even if you check out the same audiobook with more than one library, they should sync to ensure your spot in the book was saved.
Hoopla is another platform that connects with your local library. Unlike OverDrive, you’re limited to eight audiobooks a month. Hoopla also offers eBooks and video rentals, and the app has a kids’ mode allowing children to listen to audiobooks or watch movies without the need to visit other sites or apps.
2. Use Multiple Audible Promos
Audible (owned by Amazon) is one of the top websites to buy audiobooks—you’ve probably seen the promotions for a free audiobook or free Groupon deals (or heard one of the many podcasts the company sponsors).
What many people don’t know is that these aren’t one-time-only offers. Once your Audible account has been unbilled for at least six months, you should be able to cash in another offer.
If you can’t get a promo to work on your account, just chat with Audible support as they’ll often be able to offer you a deal.
Even if you’re happy to pay the full rate for Audible it’s worth trying to cancel from time to time. This is because they frequently give users a $20 credit to get them to stay.
3. Add-O.n Narration for Kindle EBooks
When you buy a Kindle book from Amazon, there is sometimes the option to add on Audible narration for an extra cost. Many times, when a publisher promotes an ebook for a discounted price, the add-on Audible narration also reflects a discount.
You won’t find it for all titles—including many of the latest bestsellers—but where it’s available, add-on narration will normally cost less than $3.99.
The best thing is that the Audible narration connects seamlessly with your eBook. So if you start reading on your Kindle then need to switch to the audiobook when you’re in the car, it’ll pick up right where you left off.
4. Listen to Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks
Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99/month and has over one million eBooks to choose from. Thousands of these titles come with free or inexpensive Audible narration. Look for Kindle Unlimited books that have a little headphone icon next to them, or you can browse the dedicated section for Books with Narration in Kindle Unlimited.
5. Affordable Alternatives to Audible
Audible is built primarily as a subscription service, so you should give it a miss if you only want to pick up the occasional individual title. You can get cheap Audible books from both iTunes and Google Play.
They’re the same recordings but are usually priced at least 30 percent lower. This brings them closer to the price of the original paperback. And with regular offers, there are some real bargains to be had too.
If you do want a subscription then the best alternative to Audible is Scribd. This allows you to rent audiobooks, along with eBooks, magazines, and even sheet music, for $8.99/month. Scribd gives you an unlimited number of rentals, and while the choice isn’t quite as large as you get with Audible, it does have a lot of the latest fiction and non-fiction titles.
6. Download Free Audiobooks
Finally, there’s the cheapest option of all—free. You can get free audiobooks from several services, including Librivox, OpenCulture, and Lit2Go. Even Spotify has them—just search “audiobooks” to uncover loads of curated playlists.
Most free audiobooks are in the public domain. This means you’ll be limited to classic novels, and the recordings won’t be as slick as those professionally produced by Audible and others.Need Unlimited Access To Movies, TV Series, Music and eBooks? Click Here To Get Help