Do you listen to audiobooks or feel like you have heard a ton about the format but haven’t really engaged with it yet? Every month we will put the spotlight on the best deals around, so you can get a sense of discounts being offered or websites you might not have heard of that let you download stuff for free.
Open Culture – is one of the better gateway websites for educational and cultural media. The site compiles content from around the Web and has an admirable collection of audiobooks — primarily classics — that you can stream over the Web or download on a variety of audio formats for later consumption.
Loyal Books – s a family-friendly website that caters to the classic literature devotee. The site offers a nice collection of public domain novels and short stories in multiple languages, available in both Mp3 and MP4 format in addition to a podcast and an RSS feed. You can also stream book chapters online and browse titles by genre, language, and popularity, or search for specific books using the integrated Google search bar at the top of the page. Plus, most books offer ratings and reviews from fellow listeners, thus giving you a slightly better idea of what to expect before you hit the play button.
Nook Audiobooks – In celebration of Independence Day and big new June/July releases, we think July will be great for audiobooks! For a limited time, we’ll be offering a sweet sale of Cool Books for Hot Days – it’s filled with audiobooks at great deals that we think customers will love to listen to on the beach, while relaxing by the pool, or while getting fit for the summer. For July 4th weekend, we’ll serve up some great collections tailored towards celebrating America and family travel, cooking out, and relaxing at home – these will include some big new releases we’re really excited about, including Stephen King’s audiobook-only short story release Drunken Fireworks that comes on June 30th, followed up two weeks later with one of the year’s biggest books, Go Set a Watchman, narrated by Reese Witherspoon. And to be sure, throughout the month our Daily Find will continue – that’s our offer of a specially priced, unabridged audiobook at 60% off or more.
Audible – Normally you only get one free audiobook to start your membership, but Audible is running a promotion to get 2! In addition, the new Amazon Echo allows you to listen to audiobooks anywhere in your house.
Simply Audiobooks – This is a company that allows you to RENT audiobooks on CD, if that is your thing. You can use the promo code AUDIOGO72 for some big savings.
Scribd – This company is well known for their unlimited e-book subscription service but they recently added audiobooks. Normally when you sign up you get 14 days for free, but using this LINK you can get a free 3 month subscription and listen to as many audiobooks as you want, including the new E.L. James Grey title.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.