Audiobooks have come far since the 1930s when government programs started offering "talking books" designed for blind readers.
The transition continued from cassettes to CDs and MP3 CDs to digital download formats.
Today, audiobooks benefit busy commuters, multitasking homemakers, children learning to read and improve comprehension, and those just wanting something to listen to while drifting off to sleep!
Free audiobook sources are as follows:
•Books Should Be Free
•Learn Out Loud
•The Internet Archive
The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative also offers 538 audiobooks through OverDrive, U.S. public libraries' largest ebook vendor.
A new Overdrive help page gets you started with videos and device-specific information.
Sandra Dreaden is the Crestview Public Library's reference librarian.