So I was listening to a podcast today and the guest mentioned a site called, “Podiobooks.com.” I was intrigued because she said that the audio books were free. Yes, that’s right, FREE!
Since I listen to books a lot at my job, and have limited funds to always be buying audio books, I was instantly interested in learning more.
I went to the site and it’s true! They are free. SWEET!
Are these currently popular books? Nope. They are books that lesser known authors have chosen to be allowed on the site for free so they can get their name out there. Their hope is that once people have discovered them there, the people will look for their other books to buy them. So, if you are an author wanting to be discovered and want to expand your reach, this could be a good option for you.
The site functions on donations and you can “tip” the authors for their books if you would like to show your appreciation in a monetary way. I like this because I do think people have a right to be compensated for their time and efforts in writing and/or creating audio. I also like that listeners aren’t forced to contribute, it is on a voluntary basis. If you don’t like the book, don’t tip.
Some of the books had a link to Amazon where you could buy a kindle copy of the book. Cool!
I’m looking forward to exploring this site more and loading up on books to listen to at work.
If any of you have used this service before and have some thoughts or comments, please share them. 🙂