Audiobooks are ideal for people who don’t want to stress their eyes by reading books or waste time watching movies. They can be a few minutes short or several hours long. Lengthy audiobooks are subdivided into tracks.
Although iTunes and Google Play Store have 100s of audiobook apps, most of the applications have bad content which is generally shared or created by wannabe novelists/writers.
If you’re looking for genuine audiobooks, use one of the following six apps on your smartphone.
Best audiobook apps for Android and iPhone
Audible is a service owned by Amazon. It has the largest collection of audiobooks. To use this app, you should log in with your Amazon account.
Amazon offers 30 days free trial to the users that want to try out the app before buying a plan. When you buy a plan, Audible will assign your account one credit. You can use this credit to purchase an audiobook. In case you don’t like the audiobook you’ve bought, you can swap it at no extra cost.
Audible displays the books you’ve bought in an interface called “Library”. You can configure it to save the audiobooks to the storage memory of your device or to the cloud. The app provides a search utility. It also includes filters.
When you browse Audible, you’ll get a feeling that you’re browsing the Amazon website. Audible has an interesting section called stats where you can see the number of minutes/hours you’ve listened to audiobooks, badges you’ve earned, etc. The size of the Audible app is 74.43 Mb.
As in Audible, you should log in to StoryTel to use it. Optionally, you can log in to StoryTel with your Facebook account. You can preview the app before signing up in case you want to see the features before sharing your email address with StoryTel.
SL lets you explore books by category and save books for offline reading. Books you’ve saved are displayed in the “Offline Books” section. In addition to the downloaded books, this section displays the total size of the books.
StoryTel lets you filter and sort books. If a publisher has launched multiple audiobooks under the same title, you’ll find the newly published books in the series section of the app.
SL offers several audiobooks for children. To find these books without using the search option or exploring categories, you can turn on the Kids mode in this app.
StoryTel provides a search tool. By default, it shows eBooks as well as audiobooks in the search results. You can configure the app to show audiobooks only. StoryTel consumes 39.68 MB storage memory.
Google Play Books
GPB displays eBooks and Audiobooks in different sections. The app offers 100 free credit on eBooks priced above 100. It supports the voice search feature and has an option to show downloadable books only.
GPB allows you to set the audiobook’s playback quality. It enables you to skip the playback backward/forward by 20/30 seconds. The app may display notifications when your favorite authors publish a new book or when the price of a book you’re planning to buy drops.
GPB lets you switch from the read mode to listen mode with its “Read Aloud” feature. To make the eBook narrator sound like a human, turn on the mobile data or WiFi connection. GPB requires 30.75 Mb of storage memory.
LibriVox doesn’t require account registration and it gives you access to free as well as paid audiobooks. Although registration is not required, you can log in to LibriVox with your Google a/c to sync your data or share books. LibriVox interface employs a dark theme. it also offers a search utility.
LV enables you to post a review of audiobooks and set a user name that should be displayed on the reviews you’ve published. LibriVox provides a filter to show only free books. It also provides an option to disable the explicit content filter.
LV lets you specify the duration for which it should play the audiobook. You can configure it to extend the playback time when you shake the phone.
LibriVox includes an option to clear saved data. The app allows you to specify the location where it should save the downloaded Audiobooks. It lets you play, forward, resume the playback and requires about 18 MB space on your phone.
AudioBooks Dot Com
In addition to audiobooks, this app gives you access to podcasts. AB’s premium version offers 2 books instead of one which makes it a good alternative to Amazon’s Audible.
ADC’s library includes several free books that you can listen to without registering an account. The app lets you add audiobooks to the wishlist. It also includes a wizard that generates a list of books that you may like to listen to. AB enables you to increase/decrease the audiobook/podcast playback speed. It also allows you to change the track and create notes by copy/pasting text.
The premium plan of Scribd is similar to that of Audible. Like Audible, Scribd provides free 30 days trial to the users and access to a single audiobook + 3 ebooks. The only thing that differentiates Scribd from other apps is its monthly subscription fee of 8.99.
Scribd makes you aware of the top-selling titles and whether the eBook format of the audiobook you’re currently listening to is available or not. It supports annotations and custom lists i.e. you can create a list of your favorite titles. You can make your lists private or public in Scribd. The size of this application is 45.6 megabytes.
Conclusion: Audible, StoryTel, Google Play Books, LibriVox, Audiobooks Dot Com, and Scribd are the best audiobook apps for Android and IOS devices.