Our top 8 free web resources: Audio Books

Whether you listen to them on your iPod, laptop, or desktop, audio books are a fun way to explore great literature. Listed below are our top eight picks for free audio book websites. Stay up-to-date with new audio book sites through our audio book RSS feed, http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/WarnerLib/Audiobooks?count=15

1.  LibriVox http://librivox.org/

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. Books can be downloaded as MP3 or OGG files. Podcasts available.

2.  Podiobooks.com http://www.podiobooks.com/

Listeners to can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from this site. Audio files can be downloaded to your computer, transferred to CD, or transferred to your MP3 player.

3.  Gutenberg: The Audio Books Project http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:The_Audio_Books_Project

Known for their collection of over 100,00 free electronic books, Project Gutenberg also offers audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature this site offers in plain text. Their listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books. Files are downloadable.

4.  Internet Archive: Audio Books & Poetry http://www.archive.org/details/audio_bookspoetry

Consider it one-stop-shopping. The Internet Archive connects you to free audio books and poetry recordings from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, Maria Lectrix, and Internet Archive users.

5.  iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes/whats-on/#books

Did you know that you can listen to free audio books on iTunes? Just download the iTunes application. Once loaded, click on “Audiobooks”. Free audio book podcasts  are labeled “Subscribe Free”.

6.  Learn Out Loud http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video

Offers 2,000+ free video & audio titles. Includes free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3.

7. BooksShouldBeFree.com http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/

Genres included in this site are adventure, comedy, fairytales, historical fiction, history, literature, poetry, religion, science fiction, and more. Books are downloadable in MP3 & iPod formats.

8.  FreeAudio.org http://www.freeaudio.org/

A small collection of audio titles relating to liberty & freedom.  Titles include Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”.

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