Why We Love Audiobooks (And You Will, Too)

When it comes to reading, everybody has their vices. Do you devour every new fantasy romance as soon as it hits the shelves? Are you slowly working your way through the extensive releases of Stephen King novels?

What if there was a way to enjoy the books you love in an even faster, unique, and curated way? Introducing: audiobooks.

Novel is Coming Soon

Libro.fm audiobook app on phone with headphones

While we’re still in the design phase and approaching the much-awaited construction phase, we couldn’t wait to share our love of books with everyone. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new partnership. Libro.fm allows us to get started sharing audiobooks and gives users the opportunity to shop small and support their local bookstore, whether that’s Novel in Rochester, MI, or your local bookstore, wherever that may be.

We’ve certainly been busy listening to our favorite novels while we drive to work or run errands—and you can, too! So, while we’re all eagerly waiting for the official opening of our brick-and-mortar store, download this amazing audiobook app to start listening to books today.   

What is Libro.fm?

If listening to books sounds right up your alley, you’re in luck. You can listen to all the audiobooks your heart desires with our new favorite audiobook app. Libro.fm is an employee-owned alternative to the big audiobook corporations (bye-bye Audible) that splits its profits with independent bookstores chosen by the customer. This genius app allows you to support your local booksellers, even when buying audio copies.  

5 Reasons We Love Listening to Audiobooks

Woman listening to audiobook on headphones

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been listening to books for years and are looking to make a more clean-conscious switch or are just starting out on your audio-literary journey—there are plenty of reasons to love audiobooks:

1. Listening to a Book Allows You to Multitask

When it comes to traditional books, you need to be able to set aside time and energy from your busy day-to-day life to sit down and read. But not everyone has that time to spare! If you listen to books, the multitasking possibilities are endless. Just pop on the newest celebrity tell-all and listen conveniently through your living room speaker, car, or headphones and get to work cooking, cleaning, commuting, exercising, crafting—the list goes on and on. 

The convenience of listening to books while taking care of other tasks is also incredibly beneficial to those with ADHD or who have trouble sitting still. Why should being antsy prevent you from indulging in your favorite reads? Short answer—it shouldn’t. Switch to listening to books, and you’ll be amazed at how many more “pages” you can get through.

2. Specialized Settings to Curate the Listening Experience

Listening to a book is a personal experience—so audiobook apps should be designed for customization! Whether you need the narrator to go a tad slower so you can dissect those difficult sci-fi names or speed up to keep up with your fast-paced intake, every element of an audiobook experience can be curated on an app to make your experience the best it can be. 

Ways to Personalize the Libro.fm App

Phone with Libro.fm audiobook app

With Libro.fm, you can change different elements of an audiobook to personalize and curate your listening experience exactly how you like it. Adjust these settings before you start your next read:

  • Adjust narration speed 
  • Organize your library just how you like it 
  • Add a bookmark to never lose your place
  • Set a sleep timer to remind you to turn your phone off
  • Pause, start, and skip through your Apple Watch 

3. Audiobooks Bring the Story to Life

Audiobooks bring a unique and unbeatable storytelling element to the table—the voice. Voice actors are trained to emote, put emphasis on the right sentences, add voices to differentiate characters, and grab your attention, all of which create an unbeatable audible experience. Sometimes, if it’s a celebrity or a poet, the author may even read it aloud themselves, helping you connect to the material on an even deeper level.

Pro tip: if you find a narrator you love, check out the other books they’ve worked on. What a fun and unique way to find audiobooks you may not have listened to otherwise!

4. Easy Alternative to Traveling with a Book

Woman listens to audiobook on plane

Any avid reader can tell you that books really weigh a suitcase down. With audiobooks, you can leave your backup novels behind during your next vacation. Just download the titles you wish to listen to, charge your earbuds, and settle into your plane seat—the narrator will do the rest. 

If you’re traveling with children, audiobooks can be a game-changing travel hack. Libro.fm has thousands of kid-friendly classics, from Little House on the Prairie to the Magic Tree House and more, perfect for keeping your little ones in their car seats on a road trip or soothing them as they drift off to sleep in the air. Leave the picture books behind as you graduate to listening to books and transform the way your family travels. 

5. Audiobooks Are Available in All Genres 

When it comes to selecting an audiobook, there’s something for everyone in the catalog. Libro.fm has over 450,000 titles waiting to be explored; you can listen to whatever you’re in the mood for. Your credits can be used on anything, whether it be the spy thriller your grandfather won’t stop recommending or your local library’s book club pick. 

Popular Libro.fm Audiobook Genres:

  • Mystery & thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Biography and memoir
  • History
  • …and so many more! 

How to Sign Up for Libro.fm

Libro.fm audiobook on app

Once you’ve downloaded the audiobook app (free on both Android and iOS), signing up for an account is easy. After you fill out your information, you search and choose which independent bookstore to support, whether it be Novel or another one that’s near and dear to your heart. Start your monthly membership for $14.99 a month, or choose individual titles a la carte and start listening to books!

Supporting local businesses is always a joy, whether it’s your favorite sandwich shop or bookstore (Novel will be both!). While we’re dealing with all the red tape, consider supporting us through Libro.fm and experience the amazing world of audiobooks for yourself. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been listening to!

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