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Do you like to read? I do but I can never seem to find the time to sit down and read an actual book. I do, however, love a great audiobook! I can sit and listen while I work, while we travel, or while I clean. What I don't like doing though is paying for my audiobooks. They can cost as much as $20.00 each so why should I pay when I can get them totally free? It may not seem possible, but here is how to get free audiobooks so that you don't have to add them to your budget.
How to Get Free Audiobooks – 16 (Legal) Ways!
When you're looking for ways to get free audiobooks, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to pay for them. After all, “nothing in life is free,” right? Wrong; these ways to get free audiobooks are all 100% legitimate and can help you fill your mp3 player or iPhone with amazing books that will keep you occupied for hours!
Audible – Did you know that Audible will actually give you two free audiobooks when you sign up for a free Audible trial? Since it is a trial, you'll need to figure out if you want to keep it after your trial or not, but even if you don't, you still get to keep the two free audiobooks. This is an especially good way to get a newly published book or one of your favorites free.
Swagbucks – Another way to get free audiobooks is by signing up for a Swagbucks account and earning free cash to “buy” them with. When you sign up for a Swagbucks account, you'll search the web and earn points. Those points can be cashed in for Paypal cash that you can use to buy your audiobooks. Since you aren't taking money from your regular budget, they're technically free for you!
InstaGC – InstaGC is another way to earn free audiobooks. Like Swagbucks, you can cash your points out for Paypal cash, but InstaGC has direct deposit and check payment options as well. When you sign up for an InstaGC account, you will be able to earn points by completing surveys, offers, tasks and more. You can even get paid to watch videos or listen to the radio!
Your Local Library – Finally, your local library likely has a ton of audiobooks you can choose from. You only need a library card to rent them! It doesn't get much more free than a public library! Since not all libraries rent audiobooks, it is worth calling your local branch to be sure that yours includes them and if there are any special requirements you have to do in order to check out audiobooks.
Open Culture – Open Culture is a fantastic site that not only will allow you to get free audiobooks, but also give you free online college courses. You can sort by subject, topic and more. This is a great resource for homeschoolers too since they offer free courses.
Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg is a massive project that aims to catalog all books, movies and yes, even audiobooks. Everything on the Project Gutenberg website is totally free to download. This is another awesome resource for homeschoolers.
Spotify – Do you listen to Spotify? If not, you may want to start. Check out the Spotify audiobooks playlist and you will score plenty of free audiobooks to listen to! The choices vary from month to month but you'll find everything from the classics to newer books.
Librivox – This is a nonprofit that records public domain books and releases them as free audiobooks. There are over 10,000 books here with a lot fo them being classics.
Lit2Go – This site is designed more for the classroom so the books will be more classic books but also come with PDFs and more information.
Loyal Books – This one also records books that are public domain and releases the audiobook free.
Mind Webs – This is an old-time radio dramatization of over 150 science fiction short stories.
OverDrive – OverDrive pairs with local libraries to pull all their audiobooks in one place. There have partnered with over 30,000 libraries and have over two million books available.
PodioBooks – Think of this as a podcast of audiobooks. most books are read by the authors themselves and you can listen in small doses.
Read Me Romance Podcast – This one is a podcast where some of the best romance authors get together. Books are generally broken up to two podcasts so there is a new one each week.
StoryNory – These are audiobooks for kids but anyone can download them. They include some classic kid's stories.
SYNC – Every summer SYNC partners with AudioFile Magazine to release free YA audiobooks in the summer reading program.
Do you know any other ways to on How to Get Free Audiobooks? Let us know in the comments. I also know what awesome free audiobooks you have been able to score.
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