In a previous post I explained a simple, effective, and somewhat cumbersome way that to Listen to Audio Books for Free on Your Smartphone.(In a nutshell, you take out the audio book from you local library, burn all of the CD's as MP3's and then transfer them to your device.)
But recently I discovered the OverDrive Media Console app. If you want to read free books (digital print or audio books), then download this baby right now. Essentially, you are searching for and taking books out of the library, and need a local library connection, but if you're a reader then chances are you already belong to a library and it's probably an active participant.
Just go the the little book icon, click on Add a Library and search by name or zip code.
Then you can browse the available books, place them on hold if they're not available, and read or listen for free. With an online Overdrive account on multiple devices, you can also sync so that you can pick up your reading on your tablet or Kindle Fire (unfortunately no app for a regular old Kindle).
So far, this year, I have downloaded and read the following from my Suburban Library Cooperative Media Download Center:
Heat Lightening by John Sandford
Wild Tales by Graham Nash
Black Box by Michael Connelly
Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
12th of Never by James Patterson
Cross My Heart by James Patterson
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Litigators by John Grisham
Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal
The Associates by John Grisham
[If you are so inclined to purchase, you can click on the links and buy either the hard cover, paperback or Kindle version from Amazon.com.]
Over 28,000 libraries participate and because the books are automatically returned, you never have to deal with late fees. But unless you read books in a week or less, make sure you set your check out time length to 14 days or the book will automatically be returned after 7 days and you may have to wait until it's available again to resume.
My previous method of downloading and listening to audiobooks for free was good. Overdrive Media Console is GREAT!
If you're a reader, you must download the Overdrive Media Console app. You'll love it.