The popularity of audiobooks and e-Books have exploded in recent years, especially now affordable devices such as smartphones or e-readers with large screens are available.
There are now hundreds of websites that allow you to purchase and download digital books, and in most cases this can be done within minutes or even seconds.
But we all love a freebie and great websites such as Loyal Books and LibriVox allow you to download selected audiobooks and e-Books completely free.
You can search for specific titles or browse numerous categories. You can also pre-listen before you download. It does not matter whether you use your laptop, phone, e-reader or tablet, as the files use standard formats that can be played or viewed on any piece of modern tech.
Another great plus point is that neither Loyal Books or LibriVox require you to register to download files.
Loyal Books has a simple website structure with genres displayed on the left-hand side menu. You can also use the search box at the top of the website to search for an author, keyword or title.
Once you’ve found your desired title you can download it in the MP3 format, download it from the iTunes App Store or play it directly on your device by selecting the iPod/iPhone m4p audiobooks option.
Once you visit the homepage of LibriVox, you’ll be asked if you want to be a volunteer reader or whether you want to browse the catalogue of free audiobooks. Once you click on the Catalogue button you can then browse via author, title, genre/subject or language. There’s also a search box in the top right-hand corner.
Once you’ve found your desired title, you can click on the green download icon on the right-hand side to download the title. You can then view this on your chosen device.
Link – https://librivox.org/
How come these websites can offer free audio and e-books?
The vast majority of titles are available free because the copyright has expired or has been waived. You also have to remember that audiobooks are mostly made by volunteers book enthusiasts, so the quality can vary considerably.
Despite this, you can still get a number of top titles that include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll just to name a few.
All the available audiobooks on Loyal Books are in English, while at LibriVox, you can choose from several different languages.