Some people argue that listening to an audiobook can’t be called reading. Technically, yes, listening to a book and reading a book are two totally different experiences. But either you are ingesting the book through your eyes or through your ears. Either way, the book ends up in the same place. So do I believe that listening to an audiobook can be called “reading?” Yes. Yes, I do.
I’ve been listening to audiobooks for a long time. I started with Audible even before they were bought by Amazon. That did not, however, deter me from canceling my subscription earlier today. Let me preface all of this by saying I have had no issues with Audible. It’s been great. Easy to use, millions of books to choose from. And yet, I canceled my subscription all the same.I had been seeing people post about Libro.fm on Bookstagram (Instagram’s book community) for a while now. I guess I was a little nieve in thinking that everyone simply used Audible for all of their audiobook listening needs. Apparently, there are LOTS of different options out there. I won’t go into all of the different options here because I haven’t researched all of them, but will I will do is tell you why I think switching to Libro.fm is such a good choice.
Here it is in a nutshell: buying audiobooks from Libro.fm supports independent bookstores. It can even support a local independent bookstore of your choice! It won’t come as a surprise that I support independent bookstores whenever I can and I always try to buy books from indies (instead of Amazon who actually doesn’t even make money off of their book sales. They don’t need to because we buy so much other crap from them.)
(Side note: I am not anti-Amazon. I buy PLENTY from Amazon. Jeffy B. has plenty of my money. I am just against buying books from Amazon when local independents so desperately need our support.)
The great thing is, Libro.fm costs the same and has the same books! They have an app that’s easy to use and downloading books from their website is simple. When you sign up you get your first audiobook free and then there is a monthly membership for $14.99 worth one book credit a month. AND, if you are switching audiobook providers, all you have to do is say so when you switch and they will give you three audiobooks for the price of one.
And here is the best part. When you sign up, you get to choose which independent bookstore that you would like to support. (They split half the profits.) Don’t have an independent store in mind? Then simply support all of them! Either way, you’re book-buying dollars support independent bookstores who really do need our support! You will be Shopping Small every month with your membership.
I decided to support The Book Catapult in San Diego. There were many bookstores that I could have picked, but this bookstore is fairly new and since it’s too far away from me to buy all of my books there, this is a way that I could still support their store.
Speaking of support, I am not receiving anything from this little advertisement disguised as a post. I am a member of the Libro.fm influencer community, ALCs, which means I get a free book to listen to and promote each month. And, full disclosure, if you click on one of the above links and end up signing up, I will get a referral credit. But honestly, I wanted to share this information with all of you (all 9 of you that will actually read this far) because when you discover something that is a good idea you want to share it!
Maybe you’re not an audiobook listener but you know someone who is. Libro.fm makes for a great gift! It will definitely be the gift that keeps on giving.