Download Free Audiobooks for iPhone at These 10 Sites

Thousands of Free iPhone-Compatible Audiobooks

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While many people associate iPhone and iPod with apps, music, and movies, they're equally handy for listening to audiobooks.

Below are our picks for the best places to get free audiobooks for your iPhone.

Some of the audiobooks you'll find on these sites don't download in a file format that your phone will recognize as an audiobook. You can either convert them to the M4B format with a file converter tool or force iTunes to make the files appear as audiobooks.

There are lots of other free audiobook sites you can look through if you don't find something interesting on these websites.

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Archive.org

Archive.org's audiobook collection

What We Like

  • No cost, ever.

  • Lots of classics.

What We Don't Like

  • Not much contemporary, quality content.

  • Can be difficult to navigate.

Archive.org is a gigantic collection of all kinds of free media. Beyond its 18,000+ free audiobooks are eBooks, software, movies, images, old web pages, and more.

All content on Archive.org is totally free, but it also tends to be either public domain or content released by self-publishing authors. As a result, don't expect to find the biggest names or the latest hits, but you will find a nearly inexhaustible supply of great listening.

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All You Can Books

All You Can Books home page

What We Like

  • Good selection of content.

  • Free for 30 days.

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive monthly charge.

  • Must enroll in trial before accessing the catalog.

All You Can Books is a subscription service that offers audiobooks for a monthly fee, but with a twist: it offers a 30-day free subscription period, after which (unless you cancel) you'll pay $19.99 /month.

The trial is identical to the paid edition, so during this free period, you can download unlimited audiobooks onto your iPhone for free. It's hard to know what kind of selection the site has because can can't browse its library of over 40,000 titles without subscribing, but since the first month is free, the risk seems ow.

You can cancel your subscription before the first 30 days are up or you can let the payment process and continue getting books, just not for free.

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Audible

Audible.com website

What We Like

  • Huge selection.

  • Many current releases.

  • Free trial.

What We Don't Like

  • Subscription model.

Perhaps the best-known provider of downloadable audiobooks, Audible has been going strong since 1997. While it's primarily a subscription service — it costs $14.95/month after a 30-day free trial — it does offer free audiobooks as part of its promotions to attract new subscribers.

Audible sponsors many popular podcasts and other top shows, and provides free audiobooks through those ads. Be alert when listening to those podcasts to get free audiobook offers.

Audible has a free mobile app that provides access to your Audible library while on the go.

Learn how to download Audible books if you need help.

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eStories

eStories home page

What We Like

  • Expansive selection.

  • New releases each week.

  • Quick and easy signup options.

What We Don't Like

  • Several pricing plans, some of which are expensive.

  • By-the-book download fees.

A spin-off from the subscription-based music store eMusic, eStories (formerly called eMusic Audiobooks) is the new version of that site's audiobook download business. 

Literature fans can choose from plans that offer one, two, or five audiobook downloads per month. Plans also offer rollover of unused downloads and support for playback on multiple devices.

Subscriptions run from $11.99-$49.99/month, with discounts applied for full-year purchases. The audiobook selection is robust and includes the latest big-name titles and authors as well as less-well-known works.

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LibriVox

LibriVox home page

What We Like

  • Great selection of classics.

  • Free and volunteer-curated.

  • MP3 downloads without DRM restraints.

What We Don't Like

  • Hit-or-miss selection.

  • No meaningful contemporary catalog.

This volunteer-powered site offers public domain books in audio format for iPhone, read by people from all over the world (and, as a result, offers books in many languages). These iPhone audiobooks are available as 64 kbps or 128 kbps MP3s.

Since they're public domain-only books, you won't find the latest titles here. However, if you're looking for a wide selection of classic titles, especially if you're interested in hearing them in a wide variety of languages, LibriVox is a good bet.

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Lit2Go

Lit2Go website

What We Like

  • Focus on education, including bite-sized chunks of larger pieces.

  • It's completely free.

  • Learning materials included.

What We Don't Like

  • Sharply limited catalog.

Teachers may find Lit2Go to be a particularly good resource for their students. This site, which offers a couple hundred free audiobooks, collects classic literature into bite-sized chunks such that a long novel might appear as 12 separate downloads for easy assignment and listening.

Even better, each audiobook selection comes with reading strategies, transcripts, and more that can be used in class or as part of homework assignments.

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Loyal Books

audio books iPod: Loyal Books

What We Like

  • Public domain content.

  • Downloadable MP3s.

What We Don't Like

  • No current catalog.

  • Not a major market player.

Loyal Books (previously called Books Should Be Free) is another site that offers public domain audiobooks (i.e., books whose authors have been dead for, in most cases, at least 75 years).

Most of its over 7,000 titles are drawn from Project Gutenberg and LibriVox. The audio books here are completely free and can be downloaded either as a podcast or as an MP3.

The iPhone-compatible audiobook titles are offered in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and more.

When it's time to download the audiobook for your iPhone, choose the iPod/iPhone M4b Audiobook link.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg website

What We Like

  • Growing audiobook catalog.

  • A venerable source of classic and public domain books.

  • Supports many different formats.

What We Don't Like

  • Hit-or-miss whether an audiobook associates with an eBook.

  • No contemporary catalog.

Project Gutenberg is the most prominent provider of free, public domain eBooks on the web. It also offers audiobook versions of some of its titles.

You won't find the latest books by the biggest authors here, but if you're after the classics, or quirky obscurities, it's a great resource for truly free books for your iPhone.

Download the books in MP3, M4B audiobook, Speex, or Ogg Vorbis formats.

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Scribl

Scribl website

What We Like

  • Can discover some interesting stuff here.

What We Don't Like

  • Crowd-pricing model penalizes readers of successful writers.

  • Major publishers not well-represented.

  • Lots of self-published junk to wade through to find the gems.

Scribl (formerly called Podiobooks) offers audiobooks, podcasts, and eBooks using what it calls a "crowd-pricing" system. This means that works that are more highly rated by its users cost more, while lower-rated titles cost less, with many offered for free.

Another nice feature of the service is that all audiobooks come with an eBook version of the title for free.

For writers, Scribl is also a self-publishing platform. That means you're more likely to find up-and-coming indie authors here than big names. Still, there are tons of titles across many genres, so you're likely to find something that interests you.

To find only the audiobooks for your iPhone, you can filter the results to hide other content like podcasts and eBooks.

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ThoughtAudio

Thought Audio website

What We Like

  • Offers PDFs.

  • Public domain content.

What We Don't Like

  • Not a major market player.

  • Fairly limited catalog.

ThoughtAudio is another source of free audiobooks that work on iPhone. Like other audiobook sites, they're free because the site is using public domain texts.

You'll find dozens of free MP3s, with longer books often broken up into multiple files. ThoughtAudio offers a nice bonus, too: PDFs of the text being read. Since the works it offers are a pubic domain, it can provide these books for free, doubling the bang for your non-existent buck.