How to listen to audiobooks and where to get them: beginner’s guide
Publishers are using audio soundscapes to adapt nonfiction and graphic novels, and some authors are foregoing print entirely and writing exclusive audio content for Audible. The Audio Publishers Association reported double-digit growth in the audio publishing space for the seventh year in a row.
Deloitte predicts that the audiobook market will grow 25% to $3.5 billion by 2020, based on Thomas Edison’s prediction in 1877 that books could be listened to “where now none are read.” Audiobooks can be listened to on your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, desktop or laptop, and most online sellers will let you listen to the audiobook on multiple devices.
1. “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” by Garrett M. Graff
Michele Cobb of the APA recently completed this Audie Award nominee, and says, “Hearing details in a multitude of voices made me rather emotional.” “At separate points my husband and daughter came into the room where I had it on speaker and stayed for large chunks,” Cobb says.
2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K Rowling
Jim Dale, a Broadway actor who received his first Grammy nomination for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, narrates all seven books in the Harry Potter series, creating over 200 voices to capture the iconic characters as well as the magic, tragedy, and comedy.
3. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s Becoming audiobook has become the “fastest-ever seller,” according to Amazon Charts. The 19-hour audiobook is made more powerful, inspiring, and intimate by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and it currently ranks third in Amazon Charts’ “most read” category as of publishing time.
4. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
Pittu’s narration of the classic novel deftly blends vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense; his voice is so distinct that it’s difficult to believe the book is narrated by only one person.
5. “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron
Adapted from Nora Ephron’s semi-autobiographical novel about adultery, divorce, and therapy, with crackling 80s dialogue and wry, self-deprecating humor.
What app do I need to listen to audiobooks?
Apple Books (iOS), an Apple-only option where audiobooks are sold individually, and Google Play Books (Android, iOS), a free-to-download app that lets you purchase audiobooks individually from the Google Play marketplace.
Do you need a Kindle to listen to audiobooks?
You can buy a digital audiobook through Audible and listen to it on a compatible Fire tablet, Kindle device, Kindle reading app, or Audible app. Audible audiobooks are currently compatible with the following devices: Kindle for Android. Kindle for Samsung.
Why are audio books so expensive?
The basic reason why audiobooks are so expensive is due to their high production costs; on average, an audiobook’s ‘cost per finished hour’ is around $300 to $400, but this can increase the ‘cost per finished hour’ of an audiobook to as high as $1500 or even more.
Can I listen to books on tape for free?
Anyone can listen to LibriVox audiobooks for free on their computers, iPods, or other mobile devices, or burn them to a CD.
What is the best app for free audio books?
Apps for listening to audiobooks for free
- Loyal Books has a large collection of free public domain audiobooks.
- Overdrive is another audiobook app available through your library.
How do I listen to audio books on my iPad?
Audiobooks can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Tap Reading Now, then your profile icon in the Books app.
- Under My Purchases, tap Audiobooks, then All Audiobooks.
- Find the audiobook you want to download, then tap the download button.
How can I listen to Kindle books without Audible?
Download the Kindle app for Android from the Google Play store, then tap the Kindle book you want to read and listen to. If your Kindle book isn’t showing up, tap the menu icon at the top left, then tap the Sync button.
Can I listen to audio books on Kindle Paperwhite?
The Bluetooth chip allows you to connect headphones or a speaker to your new Kindle Paperwhite, allowing you to listen to Audible audiobooks. You can play both audiobooks purchased from the Audible Store and audiobook companions purchased for Kindle books you already own.
Do audio books make money?
The majority of freelance audiobook work is paid in royalties; if you record an audiobook with ACX, you’ll usually either set a flat rate or split royalties with the rights holder. Royalty deals have advantages and disadvantages; figure out what will work best for you.
Is Audible worth the price?
If you listen to audiobooks on the go and enjoy reading, paying a monthly fee for an Audible membership is well worth it. You can mark your place in an audiobook and take notes using the Audible app, but it’s not as convenient as having a copy of the book that you can flick through on a screen or tablet.
Does Audible let you keep books?
Even if you choose to cancel your Audible membership, your account will remain active, allowing you to access your audiobooks on any device you use to listen to them.