Audiobook or audio book is an audible voice and sound recording that is primarily of the spoken word which is read by human as opposed to music. Other than that audiobook in digital distribution format shares most similar characteristics with digital songs. Audiobook is downloadable audio file encoded in MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), OGG and other audio format, and can be playback with portable media player (PMP) such as iPod.
There are many commercial audiobooks available for purchase on the Internet or in brick-mortar store in CD or DVD media, and even in cassette tape (also called book on tape). But most users will prefer to download directly from the web, and that the audibooks are free to download and listen. Here’s compilation list of websites with huge catelogs that offer audio books lovers and listeners free copy of audibooks.
LibriVox tagged itself as acoustic liberation of books in public domain is a digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. There are more than 1000 full-length, unabridged books and shorter works have been read into audiobooks listener can download for free. Most audio books are in English, followed by German and French, although recordings are available in over 21 languages. Most works in MP3 and OGG format. Full catalog of free audiobooks here.
Free Classic Audio Books (http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)
Described itself as Digital Narration for the 21st Century, but offer “classic” audio books which can be downloaded for free. Available in mp3 and in m4b audio book format for iTunes and the iPod. The advantage of using the iPod format is that it remembers where you stop while listening in a file.
free audio books are here for your personal enjoyment and sharing. Audio books in MP3 and FLAC formats.
Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project)
Project Gutenberg which holds millions of free electronic books (ebooks) collection also has human-read and computer-generated audio books available for free download.
Human narrated audiobooks, but only not all is available for free, and worse, only low quality audio bitrate version is available is available for free.
Audio Archive (http://www.archive.org/details/audio)
Internet Archive‘s audio and MP3 library. The library contains huge collections of over a hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Often, the audiobooks contained here are ‘archive’ from other audiobooks source such as Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, etree.org, Netlabels and etc. The categories available include Audio Books & Poetry, Computers & Technology, Grateful Dead, Live Music Archive, Music & Arts, Netlabels, News & Public Affairs, Non-English Audio, Open Source Audio, Podcasts, Radio Programs, and Spirituality & Religion. Many but not all of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.
Old Time Radio Fans (http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/)
Audiobooks for radio shows from old time. Hundreds of old time radio shows from the 30′s, 40′s and 50′s in MP3 format for free download, which can be listened on computer or copy to a CD so to listen anywhere. Some of favorite old time radio shows include The Shadow, Amos & Andy, Fibber McGee & Molly and Sherlock Holmes.
Offer hundreds of vintage radio shows for visitors to listen to online in mp3 format, all for free. Some radio shows available are Superman, Groucho Marx, The Avenger, Gunsmoke, Sherlock Homes, and many others. Complete list of collection here.
Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod (http://boxcars711.libsyn.com/)
Another old time radio shows audibooks collection, but serving via podcast subscription in iTunes. Listeners also can also direct download MP3s from the site.
Free serialized audio books which are made available in podcast format. Listeners to Podiobooks.com can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed subsribed in iTunes, Juice or Transistr (was iPodderX) or by listening to episodes online or by directly downloading episodes from this site. Some listeners keep the audio files on their computers, some transfer the book to CD, but most transfer the file on to their mp3 player so they can listen no matter where they are.
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