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Audiobooks are here to jumpstart your life

For avid readers, audiobooks might just be the next best thing. Audiobooks are convenient for road trips or a long commute to work/school or while making a sandwich or going about life and playing it in the background. While it’s a great way to read more, plus the narrators transport the listener into the world of the novel which keeps the listener intrigued.

As amazing as they are, everything has its drawbacks. Audiobooks are pricy and sort of take away the thrill of putting them on your beautiful bookshelf at the end of your read. It may be difficult to justify shopping sprees for the book shopping addicts. Also, for the speed readers listening to books might take longer than flipping the pages of a book.

Is listening to a book really just as good as reading it? luckily, there are plenty of hacks that can help you make the most of your audiobook experience. Here are some ways you can enhance your time listening to books on books.

Audible discounts: If you download the Kindle version of a book, you can get a discount on the Audible version. If you love both listening and reading, and like to do a mixture of both, this is a great way to save a little money. Plus, many classics are already available for free on the Kindle, which means that you can get a discount on the audiobook just for downloading the $0 Kindle version.

Librivox: Although the main user interface is a little busy, offering multiple sections to display the latest books, recent items in your library, genres, recommendations, etc., this portion of the app is configurable so these can be added, removed and changed as needed.

Overdrive: Offering a slightly different set of features is Overdrive. Rather than being a standard audiobook player, Overdrive is essentially a public library browser. This means that eBooks and audiobooks made available by any local lending library can be browsed, downloaded, and enjoyed.

Perfect for readers who want to try classics and contemporary literature. Audiobooks can be addictive, so try limiting yourself to listening to them at specific times, although to “stop listening” might be as difficult as skipping the first cup of coffee.