Digital audio books and eBooks

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Fast to find books
This site is brilliant! I’m a regular free audio book listener and can always find something quickly with just a few clicks.
Christina Martin
Christina Martin Content Manager
Clean simple design
I love the clean and simple design. The site has great features too, like the online audio player and personal bookshelf.
Esteban Rosero
Esteban Rosero Graphic Designer
Great free resource
As an English teacher it’s an excellent resource for my students. With thousands of free eBooks from numerous sources.
Rose Dadley
Rose Dadley English Language Teacher

12 great reasons to use digital books

  1. Convenience

    Listen anytime, anywhere, online or offline. Stream audio directly in your browser or download and play while disconnected.

  2. Mobile

    Listen on your mobile, tablet, or desktop. Audio file formats are supported and played on all devices.

  3. Education

    Learn by listening and become a proficient reader. Access native speakers to help you learn a language.

  4. Learning English

    Improve your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary and better your listening skills in your target language (see Free Audio Books for English Learners).

  5. Adaptable

    Find a narrator you like, change the playback speed, and adjust the volume to create the perfect listening experience.

  6. Sharing

    Things are always better together. Share your favourite digital books and listen with friends and family.

  1. Portable

    Carry your whole library with you wherever you go and access it on your mobile, tablet, or e-reading device. Ideal for travelling.

  2. Variety

    Access thousands of books or podcasts online from a range of online libraries covering all genres.

  3. E-readers

    Feature-packed e-readers include wifi, backlighting, and dictionaries for multi-language support. Change the font size, add audio, and even make digital notes.

  4. Studying

    Widen your vocabulary and improve your grammar. Use graded ebooks or read and listen to the audio book at the same time to test your comprehension.

  5. Environment

    Digital books are green. No paper, no transportation costs, no waste.

  6. Classics are free!

    Thousands of classic books are available free in the public domain. Digitalbook provides a platform to easily access these books along with free podcasts.

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Definitions

Audio books

An audio book is a recording of a text read aloud, either word for word or abridged. They are a convenient alternative to traditional books and an important media for the visually impaired. Audio books have come a long way since the 1930s when the first full length recordings appeared for people with disabilities. They were made available to the general public in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s with the release of cassette tapes that popularity began to rise, especially among commuters while driving. Today, we no longer use bulky recording formats to listen to audio books. New digital devices with space for thousands of files allow you to carry a library around, and download or stream audio directly online. Popular audio formats like mp3 files play on the majority of digital devices. Platforms such as Google Books and Amazon, provide access to huge libraries of books, while smaller non-profit organizations, such as Librivox, allow public domain access to free audio books read by volunteers.

eBooks

An eBook (or Electronic Book) is a version of a printed book in digital format. They are cheaper and quicker to publish and therefore provide a more convenient way to circulate literature. During the 1970s the Internet provided a huge step forward for sharing digital texts and making them available on screen and ready to download. By the end of the 1990s, publishers started to provide digital versions alongside their printed counterparts. EBooks are typically read using an e-reader, such as the popular Kindle, although most digital devices can read EPUBs, the most common format used today. Some devices even allow you to listen to the spoken word and read at the same time. There are plenty of free eBooks available in the public domain, from sites such as Gutenberg and although not likely to replace printed books in the near future, eBooks and audio books are changing the way we consume literature. Digitalbook.io aims to facilitate this by bringing together the best digital books from all the top online sources.

Podcasts

A podcast is an audio recording usually based around a specific theme or topic, which you subscribe to through an app on your mobile device. In the year 2000, before the term “podcast” was coined, RSS feeds started to support audio and video files as the world was introduced to it’s first on demand offerings. It wasn’t until 2004 that the term “podcasting” first appeared and the commercial aspect was realized. Media outlets quickly picked up on the latest trend to consume media and rushed to provide their listeners with a podcast option. The following year, Apple introduced podcasts into its iTunes platform, as the race to attract the most subscribers had officially begun. Today, some of the more popular podcast series are radio shows, inspirational talks, and language learning, just to name a few. Digitalbook.io enables you to search and listen to a wide variety of free podcasts, which are provided by Listen Notes, the best free podcast search engine on the web.

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