Best Open Source Audio Book

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This Best Open Source Audio Book contains 17 interviews, accompanied by many hours of very high quality audio.

Audiobooks.com

Price: Free / Book prices vary / $14.95 per monthAudiobooks screenshot 2021Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Audiobooks.com rivals Audible as one of the big dogs in the audiobook apps space. It works very similarly. You can sign up and just buy books or you can subscribe, get some books for free every month, and get discounts on others. It boasts a rather large collection of audiobooks along with over 700,000 podcasts for a surprisingly engaging 2-in-1 experience. It also supports downloading for offline listening along with variable playback speed controls. It’s a solid overall option even if, like Audible, it’s a little bit expensive.

LibriVox

LibriVox free audiobooks

What We Like

  • Listen to specific chapters without having to download all of them.
  • Several ways to find a specific title.
  • Receive new audiobooks by podcast.
  • Available in many languages.
  • Works on mobile devices.

What We Don’t Like

  • Can’t sort by most popular.

LibriVox has a huge selection of free audiobooks that are recordings of volunteers who have read chapters from books that are in the public domain.

You can find one by searching by title, author, genre/subject, or language. You can also browse all the titles in the catalog, view only the most additions, and subscribe to new releases as podcasts.

Once you reach a book’s description page, you can read more about it and even listen to the chapters individually without having to download each of them. 

However, if you do want to download the whole audiobook, every chapter included, you can do so in a ZIP file, directly from LibriVox. Some are also available through a torrent and M4B file.

LibriVox is also available for iOS here, and Android devices here, so that you can download books to your phone or tablet, or stream them on the go.

Google Play Books

Price: Free / Book prices vary

Google Play Books screenshot 2019 Final

Google Play Books only recently added audiobooks to its impressive list of features. Still, it’s an excellent platform for both regular reading and audiobook listening. It boasts a ton of audiobooks as well as regular books. Additionally, Google Play uses a super basic model. You simply buy a book and it’s yours to read or listen to with no subscription options. The app also lets you preview audiobooks before you buy and it works multi-platform with iOS and the web (Windows, Linux, Mac). You also get offline support and a night mode if you need it.Get it on Google Play

Google Play Books

Price: Free / Book prices vary

Google Play Books screenshot 2019 Final

Google Play Books only recently added audiobooks to its impressive list of features. Still, it’s an excellent platform for both regular reading and audiobook listening. It boasts a ton of audiobooks as well as regular books. Additionally, Google Play uses a super basic model. You simply buy a book and it’s yours to read or listen to with no subscription options. The app also lets you preview audiobooks before you buy and it works multi-platform with iOS and the web (Windows, Linux, Mac). You also get offline support and a night mode if you need it.Get it on Google Play

Audible

Best selling Audible audiobooks

What We Like

  • There’s a huge selection.
  • Get two audiobooks completely free.
  • They’re yours to keep forever.
  • Listen from a mobile device or computer.

What We Don’t Like

  • The trial period is only for one month.
  • Limited to two downloads.
  • Must pay after the trial to keep downloading audiobooks.

Our Review of Audible

Audible has a 30-day free trial going, which means that you can download any audiobook of your choice, plus any two Audible originals, for free during that time.

Audible has a great selection of audiobooks, and you’ll be able to find just about any title you’re looking for, including bestsellers and new releases.

After the 30-day trial, you can get one book each month for $14.95 /month, no matter the price of the book.

Kobo Books

Price: Free / Book prices vary

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Kobo screenshot 2020

Kobo Books, along with Google Play Books and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, is one of Amazon’s biggest competitors. The app works a lot like the Amazon Kindle app. You can purchase and download regular books as well as audiobooks. The main focus is regular books but the audiobook thing is getting more and more attention. The app itself has a few bugs here and there, but it’s a decent overall alternative to Amazon and Google.Get it on Google Play

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LibriVox Audio Books

Price: Free / $1.99LibriVox Audio Books screenshot 2021Joe Hindy / Android Authority

LibriVox Audio Books is a small, but decent audiobook platform. It boasts a collection of 24,000 free audiobooks. Admittedly, it’s not the biggest collection, but the fact that they’re all free makes it a great place to score some cheap entertainment. You can search around, find the books you want, and download them for offline use. The app also features a sleep timer, a bookmark feature so you never lose your spot, and support for Chromecast as well as Android Auto. It ticks all of the boxes for a good audiobook app and it doesn’t cost anything. There are ads in the free version, though, and you can pay to get rid of them if you really want to.

OverDrive

OverDrive audiobook listing with available libraries

What We Like

  • Lets you borrow audiobooks free from your local library.
  • Works with tens of thousands of libraries.
  • You can listen from a computer or the mobile app.
  • Includes free audiobooks samples.

What We Don’t Like

  • Must have a library card from a supported library.

If your local library has a subscription to OverDrive (check here) then this is a great place to find over 300,000 free audiobook downloads of recent fiction and non-fiction books, including best-sellers.

You’ll check these out just like you would a library book and they’ll be returned at the end of the loan period. You can even do it all from Libby, the mobile app for iOS and Android.

One thing we can’t pass up mentioning is how easy searching for audiobooks can be here. Not only are you able to sort the list by popularity and release date, filters let you ensure that it’s just the audiobooks (not ebooks) that you see, and they can be in a specific language and/or by a particular publisher or creator.

Besides audiobooks, OverDrive also has free eBooks, movies, and music.

Conclusion

I have gone through the process and compiled what I consider the four best open source audio books, with links to them on Amazon. The list is organized chronologically and also includes a link to my detailed reviews of each book.

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