Mobile Phones Android How to Listen to Audiobooks on Android Have books read to you from your Android while you commute or relax Share Pin Email Print Paul Bradbury/Getty Images Android Switching from iOS By Marziah Karch Writer Marziah Karch is a former writer for Lifewire who also excels at Serious Game Design and develops online help systems, manuals, and interactive training modules. our editorial process Marziah Karch Updated February 03, 2020 Listening to audiobooks while on a road trip, jogging, or riding a bike gives your mind something to do while you focus on the road. A downloaded file won't quit on you when you're in the middle of nowhere, unlike radio stations. Instead of getting audiobooks on tape or CD, listen to them on your phone. If your car doesn't have an auxiliary audio jack or Bluetooth that connects to your phone, get a mini FM adapter or a cassette tape adapter. If your radio doesn't work, use a portable mini speaker. Here's how to listen to audiobooks on your Android device. All of the apps below should be equally available no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. Audible and Other Audio Book Clubs Amazon-owned Audible is a popular commercial option that lists an innumerable amount of professionally voiced audiobooks. You can transfer your books from device to device, including non-Android devices. The books are protected by DRM, and you're restricted from using non-Audible apps or downloading the file to too many devices at once. If you're an audiobook buff, the quality is good and the selection is fantastic. To find out if you like the service, sign up for the 30-day trial (your first book is free) and then pay after that. The pricing is similar for other audiobook clubs, but Audible has the largest selection. Amazon Whispersync If you like to read e-books and listen to audiobooks, check out the Amazon Whispersync program. When you to buy the audiobook version of an e-book for a discount, Whispersync syncs your bookmark between the two formats. For example, if you're in chapter 2 of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" e-book, you're in chapter 2 in the audiobook. This is fantastic if you like to listen to books in the car and then read them over lunch. Audiobooks purchased through Whispersync and Audible play in the Audible app. Buy Individually Other bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, offer direct sales of audiobooks. If you want to read popular titles, you're probably better off going with the book club pricing. However, you can shop around and find books cheaper than the monthly fee you'd pay at Audible. Most of these audiobooks are sold as MP3 files. MP3 is a standard audio file format that plays in any MP3-playing app. Other independent book publishers and stores have started selling audiobooks in MP3 format. Use the Library Many libraries around the country use a system such as Overdrive or Hoopla to loan books to cardholders (for free!). There's an easy-to-use companion app called Libby that searches for audiobooks (and e-books, too) at your local library. While your local library may not have this service, many do, so it's worth a look. Limited numbers of audiobooks are available to check out through this fantastic app. Get Them for Free Legitimate and free audiobooks are available for public domain works. These books are old, but it's a great chance to review the classics. There are many legitimate sources for free audiobooks. These books are read by volunteers to make the books accessible to everyone, including those with visual impairments. There are many players for audiobooks, and a favorite is the LibriVox Audio Book Player. The ability to browse for and download titles is integrated into the app. You don't have to download MP3 files from another source and then sideload it to your device.