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