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Why I love audio books, and the many free resources

Reading isn’t just sitting down and having a book in front of you. Readers can access more books by listening to audio books. There are several reasons I love audio books. First of all, they fill a lot of boring time such as commute driving, chore, grocery shopping, etc. Moreover, I'm more concentrated when listening to audio books than actual reading, instead of tend to skipping lines and pages, I can slow down on audio books, really enjoy the stories word by word, and a voice can reveal so much more context than merely print.

Here are some free and high quality audio books resources. 

1. Librivox

Librivox is a non profit organization,  a group of worldwide volunteers who read and record public domain texts creating free public domain audio books. It was founded in 2005 by Hugh McGuire to provide "Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain." 

Since Librivox relies on public and shared copyright texts, you won't find latest or in trend titles there. Thanks to the passionate volunteers, many classic novels are read as well as those commercial versions. The most popular audio books on LibriVox— for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Moby-Dick, and Pride and Prejudice—have been downloaded or streamed more than 2 million times. You could even find audiobooks read in its original language.  

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2. Loyalbooks.com

This is another website provides free audio books, unlike Librivox which makes its own audio books, Loyalbooks.com collects and organizes these great public domain audio books. The titles here are better organized and easier to browse, some even have both eBook and audio book versions available for download. 

 

3. Overdrive - digital library made easy

OverDrive is a free service offered by your library or school that lets you borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from their digital collections. Every OverDrive collection is slightly different because each library or school staff picks the digital content they want for their collection. 

No matter how large or small organization, most of the libraries in US do provide digital services. Some provide digital services themselves, some through a larger library affiliation. So do check out what's available in your digital library. Get the OverDrive app, sign in with your library card, and you'll be able to browse and checkout.

 

There are several benefits of using OverDrive. It automatically returns titles, so you won't have any over dues. It downloads the entire audio books to your device, so you don't need to worry about using data or no Internet access.   

4. Audible.com

Audible.com is the professional audio books service by Amazon.com, all audio books are professional recorded by actors and performers. Although most titles on Audible.com are not free, there're always promotional membership prices on Groupon, Amazon Local, Living Social etc. And when you purchase both audio and ebook copy, your reading progress is automatically synchronized on all copies and devices, very convenient.

 

All of above apps are available on Kelement Streaming Speaker system, and a lot more free apps listed in the Audio Books backup list. Be sure to check them out, and feel free to download the audio books, the 8GB internal memory in Kelement system is capable to store many offline resources.

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