- Audible.com provides audiobooks in downloadable mp3 format. These audiobooks can be listened to on mp3 players or on a home computer with Microsoft Windows Media Player. Their prices are less expensive than cassette or CD audiobooks, and their holdings include thousands of titles from fiction and non-fiction subject areas.
- Audies: Audio Publishers Association
- Audies lists the annual audiobook award winners as well as librarian resources for audiobooks.
- Audio Editions
- This is a one-stop, full-service audiobook source with over 4,500 titles from 110 publishers. Search the catalog by title, author, reader, or subject.
- Audiobooks Online
- This site provides summaries and audio samples, with books available for download or to purchase in MP3, compact disc or cassette format.
- Audiofile Magazine
- This magazine features audiobook interviews, reviews and "Golden Voices" listings of the year's best narrators.
- "Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain." LibriVox is a website whose volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and publish the audio files on the Internet. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. There is a large catalog of titles and the reader quality is very professional. Listeners can also subscribe to LibriVox RSS feeds and podcasts.
- Project Gutenberg
- Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive and distribute cultural works. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. Project Gutenberg claims to have over 25,000 items in its collection.
- Recorded Books
- For a great selection of professionally narrated, unabridged titles for all ages check out this Frederick, Maryland-based company.
- Wired for Books
- This site contains the published works of a wide variety of noted authors as well as scholarly essays and public discussions in an audio format. Many of the works recorded are read by the authors themselves. To listen to the sound clips, users need to have RealAudio software which can be downloaded from the site.
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