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Audiobook Swapping Sites - Swap, Trade and Share Audiobooks Online
How To Swap and Share Audiobooks Online
Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time on a long journey, can ease your journey whilst commuting, can be used to keep the kids occupied in the car, make working out less monotonous and generally, are a great way to keep yourself and others entertained whilst on the go.
Unfortunately, they are also pretty darn expensive too! And what do you do with them when you've done listening to them? Throw it on a shelf to collect dust? Sell it on ebay for a fraction of the price you bought it for?
Or how about a better solution...swap it for a new one!
Audiobook swap sites allow you to swap your old used CDs or cassette tape titles with others who have unwanted second hand audiobooks themselves. It's a great deal for both parties, you both get a new audible book to listen to and you didn't pay $20, $30, $40 or more for the priviledge!
Audiobook swapping has the potential to save you a lot of money and as all the audio book trading sites I will list below are free to join, it's not going to cost you a penny to get started either. In fact, some of them give you free swapping credits to get your started so you can get some free audiobooks this way too!
Rent AudioBooks and Save Money
Buying these new is expensive, you might find it vastly cheaper to rent them instead and gain instant access to a massive library audiobooks for hire at a fixed low monthy rate instead. Audiobook rental subscription services are sites like Netflix for movies, but for audible novels instead of movies!
For a combined rental selection of both audiobooks on CD and paperbacks by mail check out the subscription services and a la carte rentals at BooksFree and get them delivered direct to your door with no late fees and free shipping in both direction.
PaperbackSwap - Great For Audiobooks Too!
Paperbackswap is quite possibly the largest place in the United States where you can swap books with people from coast to coast and save money.
Despite the somewhat misleading name, Paperbackswap offers the opportunity to swap more than just paperbacks. In fact, you can swaps paperbacks, textbooks, hardbacks, recipe guides, game guides, graphic novels and yes, audiobook sharing is available here too!
The great thing here is you can swap your all kinds of unwanted reading material here for audible books on CD or cassette tape too, rather than having to do a straight swap one media type to another of the sametype. Each paperback swapped gets/costs you 1 credit, each CD/cassette title gets/costs you 2 credits...so basically, you can get an audiobook for the cost of 2 paperbacks. Or you can swap paperbacks (hardbacks etc) on a one for one basis.
If you do not have anything to trade, then you can also buy credits here at $3.45 each, or if you check out the forums, you'll find people selling their excess credits for around $3 per credit. That works out around $6 - $7 if you decide you'd rather participate that way...vastly cheaper than other ways of buying them which often cost in excess of $30. In fact, the very thing which got me into audiobook exchange sites in the first place was walking into an independent store and finding the audible CD I wanted was a staggering $60 to buy. That's a crazy amount of money to spend in my opinion. $7 I can deal with...
A further great thing about this site for new members is they give you a joining bonus when you list your first 10 items available for trade into the system. These need not be all be the same media format, as ten paperbacks will suffice, or a combination of hardbacks and CD audio books, but when you do so, you will be given 2 credits as a welcome bonus.
That's a free audiobook just for taking the time to list some unwanted novels!
Paperbackswap is the trading site I enjoy using the most and as it is free to join, I strongly suggest you check it out as well.
Whereas paperbackswap is restricted to the United States, Bookmooch is a global swap site allowing you to swap audiobooks with people from countries all around the world. This means you can also often find recordings in languages other than English which might be something you are interested in if English is not your native language, or if you are learning a new language and want some challenging listening material etc.
Bookmooch is another swap site which isn't dedicated solely to audible novels but also allows you to swap books with others as well.
You get one swap credit for every book or audio book you send out to other members which you can use to request one sent back to yourself from other members around the world. It's a straight one for one swap here, plus you get 0.1 points for every book trade you perform which receives positive feedback from the receiving member which again means one free for every ten successful exchanges you perform.
This site gives you one free credit for every ten books you list for trading on the site which means one free book or audiobook for every ten you list on the site as well although there is a caveat here in that you need to maintain a sharing ratio of at least 2:1 or you will not be able to make any more requests until you do - this is to keep the idea of swapping alive rather than having people stockpiling points in one way or another and messing up the system.
Legal Free Audiobook Downloads
Often when you read about getting things like free downloadable audiobooks, you are being encouraged to engage in illegal activity of some sort or other. Many file sharing networks online are highly dubious to say the least, others are outright engaging copyright infringing activities and if that's what you want, then look elsewhere, I'll not be showing you how to find this kind of illegal download site here.
However, for those of us who do enjoy staying on the right side of the law, there are a large number of free audiobook files to download on a few great public service websites. In general, these freely downloadable titles are classics which are out of copyright and which people have kindly donated their time to read and make available to the general public although there are also a few newer authors who want to get their name out there who have put their work into the public domain too.
By checking out the following free audiobook download sites you will find classic spoken titles like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells, Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carol, Little Women by Louisa may Alcott and many more of the greats whose copyright has expired and are now in the public domain.
The file formats vary from site to site, although mp3 audio books and WMA audiobook files are the most common. You may also need a program which can deal with .zip files too to unpack some of the downloads.