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The term “podiobook” was coined by Evo Terra in April 2005 to describe serialized audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, like a podcast. The authors have their books be a part to get exposure for their work, others hope that you will buy a physical copy, or that you donate to the site.

The Good

The audio book versions they make available on Podiobooks are free of charge. You can listen to a book on your computer or device. All you need to do is when you find a book you want to listen to, you just click on any of the episode links and it will wither download or just start playing on your computer. Or you can subscribe to the book’s FSS feed. You can add that feed to Google Reader, iTunes, or any other device/program that can act as a podcatcher. Podcatchers read RSS feeds and automatically download enclosed media files which are the book episodes.

Downloading and sharing the files you get from the site is not illegal; they actually encourage it. The free episodes of the audio books they offer are made available via a Creative Commons License.

Browse Podiobooks by the following categories:

  • Author, contributor
  • Recently release
  • Category, genre
  • Series
  • Awards, nominations
  • Title

The Bad

Some files can take a lot of time downloading. The files served up on Podiobooks are done by the people at Liberated Syndication. Trying to balance out the load the files are moved around to different parts of their network which causes the process to be slowed down dramatically.

What really makes Podiobooks stand out is their lack of content. While other free sites provides thousands of books to the public, PodioBooks only boasts a little over 200. When you contrast this to sites that charge per book, and offer over 100,000 titles, Podiobooks can’t compare.

Their website is navigable, but it is littered with ads. There are even ads for their competitors (Audible). When you use their search function to find a new book, it takes you to a Google search, which is not very helpful. Overall, we just wish the site was easier to use and didn’t look so cluttered.

Podiobooks is not rated by the Better Business Bureau, and they are not accredited. To be accredited by the BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and the BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. This makes questions begin to emerge. Why have they not applied? Would they not pass the standards?

The Bottom Line

Podiobooks gives you the opportunity to listen to books free of charge. There are a couple of ways to listen and download the books so you have the choice of what works the best for you. They are not on the Better Business Bureau which can raise concern, but the service is free so you could try to give it a shot.

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Ways to listen

Download and Stream (both)



Available Apps

1 on android



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