While we’re fans of Audible, we recognize it’s not the best option for every audiobook listener. Thankfully, there are some great alternatives to Audible where you can save money with free and cheaper audiobooks, get unlimited listening, and support your local bookstore.
Best Alternatives to Audible
How it works: Libro.fm makes it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through your local bookstore. As part of the sign-up process, you’ll choose the independent bookstore you want to support with future purchases and Libro.fm will split profits with this bookstore.
Getting started: visit Libro.fm and create a free account. If you are an avid audiobook listener, you can sign up for a monthly subscription and get your first audiobook for free and then pay $14.99 each month or if you are switching from Audible to Libro.fm you can get two audiobooks for the price of one with the code SWITCH. Libro.fm also offers à la carte purchases for the occasional listener.
How it works: Scribd is a subscription service that provides members access to millions of audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, comics, and sheet music selections. The subscription fee is $8.99 per month (vs. $14.95 for Audible) and membership includes access to an unlimited number of audiobooks and other content (although restrictions on certain titles may apply).
Getting started: visit Scribd to create a basic, free account. You can then activate a free trial of the premium membership for 30 days to get access to Scribd’s library of content.
How it works: Chirp offers limited-time deals on popular audiobooks with savings up to 95% off and no requirement to subscribe to the service.
How it works: Libby lets you borrow audiobooks from your local library — for free, instantly — with a library card. It’s a great way to listen to popular audiobooks for free but you should be aware that libraries treat them like any other book, stocking limited “copies” and allowing only one person to check out each copy at any given time. So, depending on the size of your library, how popular a title is, and how many audiobooks are stocked, you may have a waiting period before you can borrow the audiobook you want.
Getting started: Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks, and in your browser at libbyapp.com. The following video is a helpful guide to getting started with Libby:
How it works: Audiobooks.com is a subscription service with a library of 200,000+ titles. Like Audible, it has an extensive library and the service works very well. The service has a generous free trial with 3 audiobooks and we particularly like the app which is slick and easy to use.
Getting started: visit Audiobooks.com and sign up for a 30-day free trial. You will your first 3 audiobooks free with 2 books from the entire catalog of 200,000+ premium titles plus 1 audiobook from the VIP selection (this is similar to Audible Originals). After the free trial, the cost is $14.95 per month.
As you see, audiobook fans have some great alternative options to Audible:
Try Libro.fm to support your local bookstore.
Try Scribd if you love the idea of unlimited listening plus access to other digital media such as ebooks and magazines.
Try Chirp if you don’t want to subscribe to an audiobook service and do want to save money with limited-time audiobook deals.
Try Libby if you’re looking to listen to audiobooks for free and don’t mind waiting for titles to become available to borrow.
Try Audiobooks.com for its very generous trial which offers 3 free audiobooks.
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