5 Best Audiobook Apps for Book Lovers

5 Best Audiobook Apps for Book Lovers

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live, must not know how to read a book!”

Books are our escape from the dull monotony of life. However, in your hectic schedule, it is very difficult to catch up on your reading every day. If you cannot bring yourself to a good read with a regular book, audiobooks and audiobook apps are your solutions.

So, what exactly are audiobooks?

Audiobooks are simply spoken versions of books. You can listen to them while working out, on the way to work or during office breaks. They are either narrated by the authors themselves or by professional speakers.

So, they are just music files.

Why do I need a special app to read the audiobooks?

Most audiobooks can play just fine on normal music player apps. The catch is, these are long, complex and have a lot of chapters. This is why you need a dedicated audiobook player app installed in your smartphone.

So, what are the benefits of an audiobook app?

  • The app lets you resume playing from where you left off in the first place.
  • You can set bookmarks with the help of an audiobook app.
  • The audiobook app displays the chapter and page of the book you’re listening.
  • You can organize, navigate and arrange your books logically.
  • You can slow down or speed through a book, based on your preferences, with an audiobook app.

Now that you know the numerous benefits of this incredibly awesome app, here are 5 of the top picks if you want to try out one:

1. Audible

Audible is well-known to bibliophiles (book lovers). It is a veteran powerhouse in the world of audiobooks. Available for both Android and iOS, the app has more than 150,000 titles in its database. The reading is often done by luminaries such as Jeremy Irons and David Suchet.

The app has powerful playback features including bookmarking, chapter navigation, variable playback; sleep mode and background play support for the multitasking individuals.

The app can also be integrated with Amazon’s Kindle. Although the app has a paid monthly subscription, they do offer a 30 day free trial. Plus, you get two audiobooks free when you sign up.

Price: $14.95 Monthly Subscription (iOS, Android, Web)

2. Material Audiobook Player

If you want free and open software, Material Audiobook player is for you. The app has a neat and clean interface based on material design. It packs some solid features too. Library management is folder based – easy and simple. The playback options include bookmarking, variable playback speed and a sleep timer.

Price: Free (Android)

3. LibriVox Audio Books

Librivox is another great audiobook player for the bibliophiles. There are more than 15,000 free audiobooks for you to download and listen. The genres range from classics to out-of-print titles which can be browsed by author, genre or title.

You will not find many new releases here but it offers a great collection on poetry, classic novels, biographies and non-fiction. Since most of the work is by volunteers from around the world, the quality is variable.

The app has a number of rich features such as reviews, sleeve art, ratings as well as controls including sleep times. You can also download the file as mp3s or in zip format to play on other devices.

Price: Free (iOSAndroid, Web)

4. Nook

We were already in love with Barnes & Noble for all they do – and then they gave us Nook, the awesome audiobook player. The store library has more than 50,000 titles spanned across a variety of genres. There is, however, a catch. Instead of a subscription based model, Nook has an online store where you can buy an audiobook; download it and the listen to it. The app has a full set of features as well as a clean and user friendly interface.

Price: Free (iOSAndroid, Windows)

5. Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player

Another popular audiobook player app for DRM free audiobooks is Bookmobile. The app supports DRM locked files from Audible and iTunes as well as DRM free and downloaded content. The app has a thoughtful control scheme and includes sleep and drive modes along with background playback option.

Bonus features include automatic bookmarking of where you last stopped listening, AirPlay support and playback speed control. There is a free trial for 60 days and you can import 3 audiobooks. What’s more? You can play Podcasts too!

Price: Free trial, $3.99 for the full version (iOS)

Conclusion

Technology has definitely made things accessible to all. Embrace your inner bookwork with audiobook apps!

7 Apps You Should Use Every Day to Be More Productive

7 Apps You Should Use Every Day to Be More Productive

As smartphone technology advances over time, there is an increased number of options for apps to make our lives easier, more efficient, and considerably more organized.

The list below contains the seven best productivity apps to simplify your life and maximize on efficiency. Each is available in both iOS and Android formats and is useful for the workplace and everyday life.

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Audiobook Apps for Book Lovers.

From apps that aid in note-taking, planning, and creating to-do lists to programs that help you access information and news easily or communicate with groups and teams, there is surely an app for everyone seeking that personal assistant in their pocket.

Spoiler Block

For those who work long hours or have children with busy and specific schedules, it can be difficult to watch favorite television programs, sporting events, and awards shows in real time.

There’s nothing worse than being inundated with spoilers on social media. Spoiler block for Android and iPhone is a useful app to filter out unwanted information on Twitter.

Just add the keywords you want to avoid, and you’ll never have to worry about information and entertainment being spoiled for you before you can get to it yourself.

Slack

Whether you want to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers individually or in groups, Slack is a great option for efficient messaging and sharing. This app works so well with social media apps and people who download and/or create documents.

It has even gotten kudos from reviewers at The New York Times and the Guardian.

Organize activities and events with groups of friends, teams, and coworkers or even work on group projects by sharing documents and ideas.

LastPass

Perhaps nothing slows us down more than when we have to pause to remember login information for various sites and apps. Wracking our brains to re-enter login information is certainly something everyone could do without.

Lastpass is the perfect app for those who just don’t have time for that. It stores personal information and passwords, allowing you to easily access your profiles and information on various sites.

Pocket

Pocket is the perfect app for an on-the-go student, parent, or corporate professional. It allows you to save news and media content offline to be read whenever it’s convenient for you.

Whether you love searching for recipes, videos, or news stories, Pocket will make them accessible for when you actually have the time to read them.

No more weeding through emails and folders to find what you’re looking for. Check out Pocket to simplify and organize your saved news and information.

SwiftKey

For the multitasker, maximizing on time is always of the highest importance. Swiftkey speeds up smartphone typing significantly and works in conjunction with a highly efficient word prediction engine.

The Swiftkey keyboard can be customized, resized, and even themed making it personal and useful for all users.

Swiftkey even saves predicted words and phrases allowing users to install the app on multiple devices without starting from scratch.

Trello

For those who love the idea of a digital bulletin board, Trello is a very useful app for creating to-do lists, storing notes and project ideas and much more.

Not only can Trello users create easily customizable lists of photos, ideas, and tasks, they can also share them with friends, family, coworkers and other users in general.

You can get started commenting on others’ ideas or even assigning tasks and responsibilities with Trello.

Informant

There are so many calendar apps available these days; it can be hard to choose. Informant is a great option for those seeking a well-rounded calendar with multiple features and options.

This multipurpose calendar app has natural language processing and customizable viewing options allowing for an extremely detailed calendar view or a simple and basic view, depending on each user’s needs.

Another great feature of Informant is its Travel Assistant option which makes traveling to other time zones and new locations a snap.

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