Get Access To Most Of The Classic Novels Of The Past Few Hundred Years For A Low Price
Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular, especially with the advent of apps like this one. 1.2 million downloads will tell you that. What you get for your money is access to 2800 classic books and novels that are out of copyright and freely available. Everything from Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick to The Art of War, The Secret Garden and
For the total cost of the app —just 59p you get access to more than 20,000 hours of content without have to paying a singe extra penny. Once you’ve downloaded the app itself all book downloads are completely free. Obviously there are no modern bestsellers so if your tastes don’t extend to older or classic books then you probably won’t find much to interest you. If you open your mind though there’s a treasure trove of goodness to discover. It’s not all heavy going like Shakespeare, although the Bard’s work is very much present and accounted for. There are plenty of other works that are perfectly accessible and can be enjoyed by all ages and tastes.
The beauty of audiobooks is they can be enjoyed literally almost anywhere. On the train, driving in the car, walking down the street or to send you off to sleep at night.
An automatic bookmark system keeps your place for you so you can start listening from exactly where you left off without any fuss and there’s a also a sleep timer if you want to be read to sleep. After all, you don’t want to wake up again three hours later with the book still going on. An additional feature of the iPad version is a built-in web browser that enables you to surf the web as you listen if the need take you.
The presentation is adequate if basic but it gets the job done. Books can be searched in a variety of ways including by author, genre and popularity and you get a brief description. The book reading are taken from Librivox which provides audio readings of books by volunteers from around the world and they’re of really good quality.
There’s another similar app called Free Books reviewed elsewhere this issue that offers something very similar. As a personal preference we’d go for that over this based on the fact that the presentation and interface on Free Books is much more attractive. At this price though, Free Books is ever so slightly more expensive. At the end of the day you pay your money and take your choice but either way you’ll be getting a lot of hours of entertainment for a nominal outlay.