Best Audiobook Apps
As a massive audiobook fan, I have a lot of Audiobook apps on my phone so I’ve always got a book on the go. Here is my list of the best audiobook apps you can download to your phone.
Owned by Amazon, Audible is no doubt the most well-known and accessible audiobook platform. For £7.99 a month you get an Audiobook credit to use on a title of your choosing. But you can also get buy three credits for £18 so £6 a credit instead OR you can get a great deal in one of their many deals. From the audiobook daily deal to their regular £3 and seasonal sales.
Another paid-for platform is BookBeat. However, unlike Audible which is a monthly subscription that includes one audiobook a month, on BookBeat you pay £13.99 a month to listen to every book in their library. And there are some BIG books on BookBeat. Every HarperCollins title is on BookBeat, plus some big titles from other well-known brands/publishers like Disney and Bonnier. Well worth the money I think.
Unlike Audible and BookBeat, Libby is a library audiobook service which means that every audiobook is FREE! Of course, like a library, you have a limited amount of time to read/listen to a book before you have to return it. However, that’s not a problem if you’re a fast listener – however, I tend to only get shorter books from Libby rather than 36-hour audiobooks. Sign up with your local library login and see what they have to offer. Each library offers different books so reach out to your library if you’re after something in particular.
Scribd is another paid-for audiobook platform that is very popular with BookTubers I’ve noticed. I used it a few years ago, but haven’t used it for a while. It’s £9.99 a month and there are a lot of big-name publishers’ books available on the service, so it’s well worth a try.
Another library app! I really love the BorrowBox app as some libraries use it really effectively and others less so. It depends where you live how well this app works for you, but for me, I’ve loved the selection on offer. And, again, it’s entirely free!
And finally, a new audiobook app on my phone is XigXag. This app is taking on Audible for the £7.99 book space. Instead of being a monthly subscription where you pay £7.99 every 30 days and get a credit, all of the audiobooks (except a few sale titles) are £7.99 each and you buy them when you want them. It’s the perfect app for audiobook readers who read sporadically. This app is new and so far has only partnered with a few smaller publishers and one very large one: Penguin. So there is a good and growing selection of audiobooks to choose from.
Are you an audiobook fan? Do you use another Audiobook app that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below.