With our lives getting busier by the day, making time for reading books is a challenge in itself. Enter Audio Books! They are here to let us stay busy and still consume all the awesome content in the books we want to read. On commute to work, on a long drive alone, or just tired to read? Here is a list of the 7 best audiobook apps for Android that will help you listen to your favorite books on-the-go!
Read on to find out which of these 7 best android audiobook apps suits your needs. Start reading (or rather listen to) your favorite books without worrying about planning your schedule to accommodate some reading time. As students are getting access to Coding apps for Android, and other learning apps, Audiobooks will prove to be a lifesaver for them. The best thing with audiobooks is that we can work/study while we listen to the book.
Google Play Books on Android is to books as Play Store is to apps. It lists millions of eBooks, comics, textbooks and audiobooks. Preview free samples, listen to the books you like and get personalized recommendations just for you!
Play Books does not require a monthly subscription. Pay for the eBooks and audiobooks you like. The sync feature lets you sync your reading progress across so you can start from where you left off. We know this article is for audiobooks, but if you are reading comic books or manga, you will love the Bubble Zoom feature. Bubble Zoom identifies speech bubbles in comics and lets you zoom into them one by one.
If you are someone who listens to less than one audiobook per month, Google Play Books is a great option for you.
Audible is by far the largest audiobook library on the Internet and the best of the audiobook apps available out there. It is much more than audiobooks. It features exclusive podcasts, bite-sized audio content and genre-bending(claimed by them) Audible Originals.
The app works great offline too. Just download the content you want to listen to when offline and unplug from the world anywhere, anytime! With Audible Premium Plus, you can build your own library, get 1 monthly credit you can spend on a book you like and even swap the title if you don’t love it.
It is a service provided by Amazon. So, you can login with your Amazon account for your free 30 day trial to fall in love with books all over again. Prime members get an additional 60 days trial period (A total of 90 days!).
Scribd is like a smaller but a cheaper version of Audible. It has a fairly large library of well-known titles though. There are a few small differences between Scribd and Audible. Scribd offers access to any number of books for a flat subscription fee of $9 per month. Whereas Audible has 5 plans ranging from $7.95 – $20 per month (yearly subscription) and the number of titles you can read depends on the plan you choose.
One major difference between Scribd and Audible is that you own your titles on Audible whereas on Scribd, they are only for rent. Scribd also offers a free trial of 30 days for new users! Scribd is definitely the cheaper option between Scribd and Audible but the Audible library is far more extensive and lets you own books even after your subscription ends.
Sricbd stands #3 in our 7 Best Audiobook Apps for Android list. Scribd is also often included in the list of best productivity apps, due to how many people use it while they work.
Storytel is yet another audiobook and ebook library offering English and other languages. What makes it distinct from others in the lot is its smart features, sleep mode and personal recommendations. Other significant features include switching seamlessly between listening and reading, the ability to adjust listening speed, ChromeCast integration and many more.
Kids mode is another feature that lets your kids explore a vast library of children’s books. It is also possible to share your own book recommendations with your friends and family through this app. The only drawback with Storytel is its unavailability in certain locations. For example, Storytel isn’t available in the USA or the UK.
Please check the app’s description for a list of available locations. If you are lucky to have Storytel in your location, signup to get a 14 day free trial of their service to explore the wide array of audiobooks and novels they have to offer.
Kobo is an anagram for “book”. With over 5 million titles in its library, it stands somewhere between Scribd and Audible in scale. Kobo’s library is updated hourly, adding new titles to their already vast catalogue. Their free eBook selection too is pretty huge. And every purchase you make on the app earns you Kobo Super Points.
The easy to use audiobook player makes it convenient moving seeking through the book you are listening to. The player also shows how much time is left and supports scheduling turn-off when you are listening before going to sleep.
Like Storytel, audiobooks on Kobo are only available in a few locations. Check for your location in the app’s description to find out if Kobo is available in your location. This makes StoryTel one of the best audiobook apps for Android that gives both reading/listening versions.
Smart AudioBook Player is different from other audiobook apps in the list because it is just a player and has no library of books to browse through. But we had to pick it up for its stellar ratings on Google Play Store. It has an average 4.8 stars with 100,000 ratings. If you already have audiobooks downloaded and need an awesome player to listen to them, this is the app for you.
In addition to the usual playback speed control and sleep timer, Smart AudioBook Player offers some advanced and much loved features. Jumping forward in a book in different increments or chapters or minutes is definitely a unique feature in this app. The option to set multiple root folders for your audiobook is another advanced feature that we found pretty useful.
Oodles is like the Smart AudioBook Player in a sense that there is no marketplace that it offers. But Oodles gives you access to 50,000 eBooks and more than 15,000 audiobooks for free. Oodles is best for people who are just starting out and want to cultivate a reading habit. Start listening to the freely available English classics right away. Oodles is a delight for classics lovers. Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and many other authors’ works can be found on this app free for reading.
Importing books from your phone, Offline support, Night Mode and Book sharing support are few of the features that Oodles has to offer. Whatever device you are on, the easy to use and simple user interface makes your reading journey more fun and engaging.
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