Do you struggle to keep up with your yearly reading goals? Is there just never enough time in the day to sit down a read? Well, I have the perfect solution for you – audiobooks! I used to look at my reading goal of just ten books and cringe. How in the world was I ever going to meet that? It’s just ten books, but still! The life of a busy mom is rarely relaxing enough to read. But you know what I spend a lot of time doing? Folding laundry, doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping, etc. And this is prime time to listen to audiobooks. So check out these six audiobook apps and give one a try today!
With Audible, you receive one credit for $14.95 per month to spend on any audiobook you want in their collection. If you don’t love the audiobook, return it! Easy as that. They also have a collection of recordings to listen to while you fall asleep, making it easier to fall asleep faster. If you sign up, you get your first month/first credit for free. And if you decide to cancel, you get the keep your audiobooks. Audible is known for having a wide selection, as well as high-quality recordings for their audiobooks. You can also purchase additional books when you run out of credits at a discounted price, or purchase another credit for a slightly more expensive price.
This is the app that I use the most, which is why I definitely had to add it to my list of audiobook apps to try. Just sign up with your local library card and start reading/listening for free today! Of course, their selection of e-books is much wider, but they still have lots of audiobooks. You can scroll through their selection (from your local library), tag books you want to read, place them on hold if there’s a wait time, and borrow books as they become available. It’s super easy, and the recordings are high-quality. If you reach the front of the line while a book is on hold, but you’re still reading another, you can pass it along to the next person, but remain at the front of the hold line for when they finish reading that book.
Audiobooks.com is basically Audible.com, however, instead of receiving just one credit when you sign up, you’ll receive three. But there’s a catch, Audiobooks.com has fewer titles than Audible.com. It’s still $14.95 every month, but there aren’t as many books to choose from.
Chirp Books boasts no monthly fee, instead, subscribe to their daily deals mailing list, and you’ll receive emails every day with their best deals in genres you enjoy. Upwards of 95% off. I haven’t been using this service for long, but the titles don’t seem very popular. I don’t think you’ll see the latest book in a hot series on this list any time soon, but they have some great deals if you’re looking to own books instead of renting them without paying a lot each month.
Scribd boasts unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of titles, although more limited and varied than Audible.com, for a monthly fee of $9.99. Sounds great, but if you cancel your membership, you won’t be able to access the books anymore. Much like if you use Disney+ or Netflix for and later cancel your membership, you no longer have access to their moves and shows after your membership ended. Scribd does a whole lot more than just audiobooks, though, and if you’re more of a casual reader, I’d check them out to see if their subscription model fits you. They also offer a free first-month trial.
If you’re not picky about what to read and you’re looking to fill your time with more of the classics, I might go with LibriVox. I’ve never actually used it, but it comes highly recommended. The only problem I read about was that the audio quality can be low because the content is often read by volunteers whose sound equipment might not be top-notch. However, it’s completely free! No monthly subscriptions, no free trials to worry about, and easy to access.
There it is, six audiobook apps for busy moms! If you’re looking to reach your yearly reading goal quickly, but find it difficult to sit down and read, then audiobooks might be the answer for you. Check out some of these apps and see what would help you read more this year.