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There are several websites that offer DRM-free mp3s of works in the public domain. Many of these are volunteer efforts, and so the quality may not be what you are used to in a commercial audiobook.
- SYNC offers a mixture of new and classic YA audiobooks as mp3s every month.
- LoudLit.org pairs “great literature and accompanying audio” and notes that by “putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”
- Free Classic AudioBooks offers books in both mp3 and m4b formats.
- LibriVox bills itself as “acoustical liberation of books in the public domain.” It offers a growing catalog of books read by volunteers. You can even volunteer to read a chapter yourself!
- Classic Poetry Aloud offers a podcast of poetry readings.
- Podiobooks offers free serialized audio books in a variety of genres.
- Gutenberg Audio Books Project has both human and computer read audiobooks.
- FreeAudio.org has a small selection of nonfiction works.
- Assistive Media provides volunteer-read newspaper and magazine articles, including pieces from the New Yorker, Harper’s, Wired, and others.
- Audio Book Podcast Collection at openculture includes downloadable audiobooks from a variety of sources.
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