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SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 303
Registered: ‎08-27-2008

Are there good places to get free audio books?

I think I would like to try them if i can find some for free to see if I like that format. I'm not a reader. I never was. My type of a good read is a manual of some type or how to, something that I learn with. I seem to get lost when reading a story. I always want to be doing something else. But thinking about it depending on type of audio book it could be interesting to hear a story in that format.. I am a typical 51 yer old male if that helps..  Thanks! George
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Posts: 8
Registered: ‎05-20-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

Check out Librivox, they have some there.

 

 http://librivox.org/about-librivox/

 

Also Legaltorrents.com has some audiobooks in the public domain also:

 

http://beta.legaltorrents.com/
SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 303
Registered: ‎08-27-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

Hey, Thanks! I'll check them out!  George
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SanDisk User
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎08-17-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY IS A GOOD PLACE , YOU CAN GET INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY WEBSITE !!!
SanDisk Fanatic
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Registered: ‎08-27-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

nikkona,

Wow great thought!  I live in the sticks in NH but will stop by my local library and see what they offer..Not sure if they have a website but will look! Thanks! George

*His* 8GB Silver Fuze v01.02.31A also 8GB MicroSDHC card installed *Hers* 4GB red Fuze with 16GB micro SDHC card! Firmware v01.02.31A still installed. Acquired another 8GB Fuze also with firmware v01.02.31A now..
SanDisk User
Posts: 27
Registered: ‎09-14-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

Having two little kids I frequent the local library more than most and I can say for sure that most if not all libraries have a pretty extensive audio/visual section.  I live in a pretty small place, <100,000 ppl and they have 100's if not thousands of books on CD's.  I don't know the legalness behind it but I am sure it would be pretty easy to rip those CD's into MP3 files.  Infact, I spent the summer in Kansas City and their city library had a download section where you could download an audiobook for 30 days, after 30 days it would stop working.  It was free to download and they had thousands of titles.
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Registered: ‎09-05-2007

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

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Yes, as said above, there are several free options.

 

- if supported by your local library: DRM'd WMA* audiobooks from NetLibrary.

- if supported by your local library: DRM'd WMA* audiobooks from OverDrive Media.  You can check for yourself here, on the right under "SEARCH LIBRARIES".

- MP3 files ripped from local library CDs or cassettes.

- Project Gutenberg has many classics in audiobook form, some with human readers.

- Serialized Podiobooks.

- Sites that I've never used, but had in my bookmarks here and here and here and here.

- A Custom Google Search.

 

Here is someone's blog about free audiobooks.

 

*The Fuze, Clip, Connect, e100-series, e-200-series (when set to MTP/PlaysForSure) m200-series all play NetLibrary or OverDrive Media audiobooks. It's PlaysForSure compatibility that you want (PlaysForSure = MTP + some little something else), which is supported by most Sandisk, Creative, Samsung, Cowon, Rio players, but not iPod nor Zune.

Message Edited by jj2me on 09-15-2008 12:37 PM
SanDisk Professor
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Registered: ‎08-06-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?


@tmcarson1 wrote:

Check out Librivox, they have some there.

 

 http://librivox.org/about-librivox/

 


I use Librivox.  They are the older, classics that are past copywright and were never renewed.  Most have various readers, and some are okay, as they are volunteer.  But I like them.

 

I haven't tried my library yet as I have several I want to listen to still!

SanDisk User
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎07-10-2008

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

The Internet Archive website offers every kind of media for free. I often download old radio shows from them and put them in the Fuze. Our neighbor's kids uses this site as a source for children's books. There are videos, international books and audio files, tv shows, etc. Try it out here: http://www.archive.org/details/audio There is absolutely no charge for any files and the site welcomes uploads, too.

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Registered: ‎01-04-2009

Re: Are there good places to get free audio books?

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Just to clear my mind, if I go to the library website and download a drm'd wma file, then transfer it to my Fuse, it will play fine?
Message Edited by kmoffat on 01-04-2009 02:53 PM