Audiobooks are addictive, not to mention educational, instructional, entertaining, and perfect for people who are on the go. They have changed the way we consume information and read books from our favorite authors, and they have some pretty impressive stats to go with them.
According to Western Downs Libraries, audiobooks have increased reading accuracy by 52%, improved comprehension by 76%, and increased test scores by 21%. It’s no wonder audiobook subscription services have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. With National Audiobook Month here, we’ve found five subscription services perfect for the audiobook lover.
Libro.fm is the first audiobook company that lets you purchase audiobooks through your local, independent bookstore. The Seattle-based company is independent, and it’s their mission to support local bookstores. Buy audiobooks one at a time or become a member and support one of their 1,300-plus partner bookstores each month. They have groups members can join to find books easier like YA, Bestsellers, and Kids, and members pay $14.99 per month for an audiobook credit, which can be used on your choice of more than 150,000 audiobooks.
Audible has one of the largest audiobook collections and also delivers podcasts and Audible Originals. With five membership options, you can get started for as little as $7.95 per month. They offer a free trial for 30 days plus two credits to start, good for any titles in their entire premium selection. After the trial, you can decide on a membership that’s right for you and unlock thousands of books for your listening pleasure.
Epic’s reading platform is for kids 12 years of age and younger. It is built on “a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books from 250+ of the world’s best publishers,” and its simple-to-use interface makes it easy for families to pick books based on age and interest. Teachers can also use Epic to integrate into their classroom work and assign books to students using the app for free.
At Audiobooks.com, they combine a love of reading with their “passion for technology and innovation” to create a customer service experience worth noting. They have over 250,000 titles and podcasts available for their members. To get started, check out their free trial to pursue their library. After the free trial, you’ll get one premium and one VIP book every month, as well as access to special member deals and discounts for just $14.95 per month.
For $9.95 per month, Scribed members get audiobooks, unlimited magazine and news articles, and sheet music. They also provide Scribd Originals, original content from its publishing house that brings “exclusive content to our subscribers.” With over one million members, it’s a great resource to get connected to new authors, bestselling authors, and classics that you can listen to while driving, working out, working around the house, or lying in bed on a Sunday.
The whole month of June is National Audiobook Month, so why not celebrate with one of these audiobook subscriptions? We all wish we had more time to read, and audiobooks make this a possibility in today’s busy world. We’re all running in a million directions, and audiobooks let us connect with our favorite authors and hear new stories that help us build our vocabulary, understand and learn context, and get lost in another world.
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