Best 5 Audiobook Services for 2019 | Free & Paid Apps
One of the best ways to develop a reading culture and stay consistent with your reading is by using audiobooks as compared to e-books or physical books. The great and most convenient thing about audiobooks is how they can seamlessly be integrated into your life. You can literally listen to audiobooks anywhere, be it on your commute, on a vacation, or even in the shower. Audiobooks allow you the opportunity to fully and productively manage every second of your day.
Listening to audiobooks is simple, all you need is a great audiobook platform that will supply you with the best audiobooks out there. There are a lot of audiobook services available today and each of these are good in their own way which can make choosing the best one such a time-consuming activity. This is why we chose to curate the best audiobook services for 2019.
Audible is undoubtedly the largest and most popular audiobook service as of 2019 boasting of over 200 000 different book titles in every thinkable category. The service is a subsidiary of Amazon which explains its sheer size. When it comes to audiobooks, audible will give you a lot of options and features. You can either buy, stream or rent audiobooks. And if you sometimes commute and go to areas where there is no internet access available, you have the option to download your preferred audiobooks so that you can listen to them offline.
Audible comes with a free 30-day trial to help you get started. The free trial comes with one book. The basic service will cost you $15 a month. What’s amazing about the $15 a month membership is that if you get a book, you will keep it for life even if you cancel your membership.
Across its collection of apps (iOS, Android and web), audible uses live sync. That means your progress is saved as you stream an audiobook and instead of searching where you were the next time you resume listening to your book, you’d just have to press play and resume listening from where you left off.
Scribd is another popular audiobook platform. It might not be as popular as audible but it certainly gives audible a run for its money. When Scribd was launched, their initial focus was print material and e-books. Today, these materials are still available but their audiobook repository is as large as their collection of print material. One plus about Scribd is its ease of use, it’s just amazing.
Unlike Audible, Scribd has a more accommodating structure when it comes to pricing and access. They offer a free 30-day trial (Read the full Scribd review and my experience with it here) which gives you premium access to more than one audiobook as compared to audible. Their monthly fee is at $9 and with it, you can access their entire collection.
The Scribd is available on the web through their web app as well as on the Android and iOS operating systems through their native Android and iOS applications. Using their apps will come with access to a ton of features including quick search to help you find your e-books with easy. They also give you the option to download audiobooks for offline listening and streaming when on the go. Another game-changing feature available exclusively to Scribd is the timer which turns off your audiobook after a set time so that it doesn’t keep playing whilst you are sleeping.
As of 2019, Audiobook.com is now in its 8th year of operation as the platform was launched back in 2011. The design inspiration for this platform came from audible and I’ve heard many people mistake one for the other. These two platforms, Audiobook.com and audible are not the same through, they are unique in their own independent way.
Just like Audible and Scribd, Audiobooks.com comes with a free trial. The difference, however, is that the free trial for Audiobooks gives you one audiobook for free, you can even download it if you want. Other books can be accessed as well if you are on the free trial, the catch is that you can only stream them. Read: My Audiobooks.com review for 2019 and my opinion: Is Audiobooks.com worth it?
The subscription plans for audiobook are a bit pricey which is a downside. Their basic subscription is $14.95 a month but limited to only one book. They have a system of credits so by subscribing, what you will be purchasing are credits and $14.95 gives you only one. Go get more credits you will actually have to pay more which synonymously gives you access to more audiobooks.
Playster is a great platform for streaming audiobooks and other media like games, movies, and TV shows. If you are looking for a platform that will require you to just pay and not worry about anything else, then Playster might be perfect for you. Their unlimited plans are really unlimited.
To get a test of the platform, you have the option to go for either a free 14day or 30-day trial. Why the difference? For the 30day trial, you have to sign up with your credit card information, unlike the 14day trial where all you have to provide is just your basic name and email.
Playster has an amazing collection of over 100 000 audiobooks and once you pay the $19.80/month subscription, you can stream or download any audiobook of your choice. The reason the subscription is higher than other platforms is that the subscription also gets you access to the other content mentioned above apart from the audiobooks. There are also Android and iOS apps available for Playster.
Last but not least is Librivox, (full Librivox review) a great audiobook streaming and download platform that comes with hundreds of audiobooks across many categories including fiction, non-fiction, educational and motivational.
Librivox is the only service that will let you listen to an amazing collection of books without forking out a single cent. All audiobooks on Librivox are in the public domain. These books are read by volunteers which makes them completely free.
If you fancy classics, then Librivox should be your primary destination. Librivox will also give you the opportunity to volunteer through reading public domain books so other people can listen. A great way to give back.
To conclude our Imho review of best 5 audiobook services, apart from these five, there are a lot of other great audiobook platforms out there including Kobo, audiobooks, and downpour. In the end, it’s about finding the platform that suits you best and going with it.