Audible is the world’s largest audiobook seller, however, it is not necessarily the best option for every audiobook listener. What are the best alternatives to Audible? In this guide, we’ll show you some Audible alternatives that can offer: free high-quality audiobooks, cheaper audiobooks with no membership requirement, the ability to support your local bookstore, and a subscription service that offers unlimited access to audiobooks plus ebooks, magazines, comics, and sheet music selections. Read on to find our favorite alternatives to Audible.
Best Alternatives to Audible
Tip: if you are an Audible member, learn How to Pause Audible to try the offers from other audiobook services listed below.
Audiobooks.com – a very generous free trial
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 the app 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.
Chirp – limited-time audiobook deals
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.
Libro.fm – support your local bookstore
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.
Libby – free audiobooks from the library
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:
Scribd – try unlimited listening
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 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.
Summary – What is the Best Alternative to Audible?
As you see, there are some great alternatives to Audible for audiobook listeners. Which one is best? Well, that depends on what you value most in an audiobook service as they each have something unique to offer:
Audiobooks.com has a very generous trial which offers 3 free audiobooks.
Chirp has cheap audiobook deals without the need to subscribe to an audiobook service.
Libro.fm lets you support your local bookstore.
Libby lets you listen to audiobooks for free from the library. Note: you may have to wait for titles to become available to borrow, particularly if they are new releases and bestsellers.
Scribd has unlimited listening to audiobooks plus access to other digital media such as ebooks and magazines. Note: don’t expect the catalog to include latest bestsellers.
Do you use one of the alternatives to Audible above? Let us know your experience with the service in the comments below!