Podiobooks: Free, Serialized Audiobooks

What’s a Podiobook? Think of it as a 21st-century version of Dickens’s serialized novels – for free. Tech-savvy writers have by-passed print publishing entirely, posting chapter-by-chapter audio versions of their books online. There’s a wide range of literary quality & audio production in the over 250 titles available for download. GoodReads has selected 50 top free audiobook downloads and is hosting a “Best Free Audiobook” list, with votes cast by listeners. Stop by and see if any of the titles pique your interest. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a hidden jewel, such as Scott Sigler’s title Infection, a top podiobook free download before being released as a print title followed by Contagious, available both as a podibook and as a print title that received a Booklist starred review. Find out more in this New York Times article by Andrew Adam Newman about Stigler & podiobooks.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

6 Comments on "Podiobooks: Free, Serialized Audiobooks"

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  1. evo@podiobooks.com' Evo Terra says:

    Thanks for posting this link, Mary. I discovered the list yesterday and am please how many people are engaged. Though I shouldn’t be, as many of the authors represented are quite good at mobilizing their fan base. :)

    Most surprising… I don’t know quite a few of the books! Time to hunt for more content, I guess.


  2. Mary says:

    I’m flattered that the man behind Podibooks stopped by to visit, Evo! Thanks for bringing the great free content to all of us audiobook addicts!


  3. larsonlibrary@yahoo.com' Jeanette Larson says:

    Mary–I understand podiobooks but I’m not following the GoodReads. Where do we find the free audiobook downloads listed there? Thanks.

  4. Mary says:

    Jeanette, the GoodReads list titles are all available on the Podibooks website, and then Podibook listeners vote for their favorites on the GoodReads website. Sorry I was confusing!


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