For some reason I will never understand, there are people out there who think audio books “don’t count” as reading. Bah, I say. I love audiobooks. Frankly, without audiobooks, I wouldn’t read nearly as much as I do. Audiobooks turn all my chores (walking the dogs, folding the laundry, cooking dinner) into opportunities to read.
My favorite audiobook app is Libro.fm. If you’re still using Audible, you need to switch (and no, I’m not an affiliate or anything). The number one reason: Libro.fm prompts you (when you create an account) to designate a local bookstore to receive the profits of the books sale. Amazon gets enough of our money.
I use Libro.fm to keep up on all the newest releases. For $14.99 I get one book a month, so I choose the ones that are still in hardcover, the ones everyone is talking about. And the nice thing is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to “read” the book. It stays in my library. But sometimes I need more than one book a month.
Libby is an app that synchs with your local library. You create an account, enter your library card info, and are all set to search for audiobooks. But anything new (like, at all new) is going to have an insane waiting list. So I use Libby for all the books that have been on my TBR list for a while, the books that are still great, but no longer have long waiting lists.
And with Libby it’s a bit of a race, because you only get two weeks to finish the book. Usually this is no problem, but I will admit to taking the dogs on longer-than-usual walks sometimes to hear the end of a story. That’s a win for everyone.
I’m sure there are other places to find audiobooks. Do you have a favorite? If you have some insights to share, drop them in the comments below.