One of the fastest-growing segments in digital publishing, Audiobooks make reading listening to bestsellers on-the-go a breeze. Thanks to advanced technology, audiobooks are more accessible today than ever before, which has led to its continuous rise in popularity.
This, in turn, has led to an increase in the demand for professional voice over artists for audiobooks, as a good audiobook narrator makes all the difference between an audiobook being a bestseller (ranking on the top of the list) or getting lost in the crowd.
Audible India comes with a 30-day free trial, at the end of which you need to sign-up for a monthly subscription. It offers easy book exchange and returns. It allows you to listen to unlimited Audible Original shows for free. Most importantly, even if you cancel the membership, you can access all the downloaded audiobooks in your Audible library.
While the library of this cloud-based platform is not as extensive as Audible, the Audiobooks app does, however, have an impressive catalogue of 175,000+ premium titles. The different genres it offers include bestseller fiction & non-fiction, business & economics, classic literature, award-winning drama & comedy, mystery, thriller & horror, foreign language titles and much much more.
As a cross-platform application, Google Play Books has over a million bestselling ebooks, comics, textbooks, and audiobooks. It offers a free preview of audiobooks before you purchase them. It allows you to easily move audiobooks across devices; smartphones, e-readers, desktops and tablets.
One of the best free audiobook apps out there in the market, LibriVox is a good choice for beginners who want to try out audiobooks before subscribing to a premium plan. Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project, wherein volunteers from all over the globe contribute recordings, in different languages, to the public domain.
As a digital media service, Hoopla allows you to borrow audiobooks, movies, eBooks music, etc which you can then watch on your mobile devices, desktop PC, tablet or TV. It has a huge collection of hundreds of thousands of titles that you can browse through and choose. It allows you to stream digital content or you can download and watch it offline at leisure.
It offers you an easy search option, wherein you can search for eBooks/audiobooks by title, keywords or author. This free audiobook app is also available for iOS devices. Plus, it offers a preview of titles and allows you to stream online or download them for offline listening.
With over 120,000 audiobook titles, eStories is the best audiobooks app that can be easily downloaded for Android or iPhone devices. Its vast catalogue includes fiction and non-fiction audiobooks as well as mystery & thrillers, history, young adult books, NYT bestsellers, latest releases and more.
With personalised search, you can easily find your next favourite audiobook, which you can stream or download for offline listening. It can also automatically sync your audiobooks across (up to) 10 devices. eStories audiobook app offers unlimited cloud storage and has a 30 days return policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
Scribd is an American eBook and audiobook subscription service that offers easy access to over one million titles. The app is available for download on iOS and Android devices. It is the largest digital library, wherein subscribers can read/listen to unlimited eBooks and audiobooks any time, anywhere. However, its collection of audiobooks is pretty small (30,000), when compared to other audiobook apps mentioned in this list.
With this audiobook app, you can borrow and read eBooks & audiobooks from your local public library for free. From classics to kids stories to NYT bestsellers, you can pick your favourite and listen to it any time you want. Also, apart from streaming content, the Libby app allows for offline download of audiobooks, which you can then listen to on Android/iOS devices or Kindle.
For anyone with a passing curiosity for audiobooks, these free and paid audiobook apps are the best place to start. Most of these apps come with a free trial, so you can pick one after giving each one a try. Thus, get started today and enjoy listening to your favourite books at your convenience. Also, if you are searching for an experienced voice over artist for Audiobooks, then get in touch to know how I can help!
The lack of convincing scientific evidence supporting its efficacy and its use of preparations without active ingredients have led to characterizations of homeopathy as pseudoscience and quackery, or, in the words of a 1998 medical review, "placebo therapy at best and quackery at worst". The Russian Academy of Sciences considers homeopathy a "dangerous 'pseudoscience' that does not work", and "urges people to treat homeopathy 'on a par with magic'". The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, has stated that homeopathic preparations are "rubbish" and do not serve as anything more than placebos. In 2013, Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser and head of the Government Office for Science said "homeopathy is nonsense, it is non-science." His predecessor, John Beddington, also said that homeopathy "has no underpinning of scientific basis" and is being "fundamentally ignored" by the Government.
The English NHS recommended against prescribing homeopathic preparations in 2017. In 2018, prescriptions worth £55,000 were written in defiance of the guidelines, representing less than 0.001% of the total NHS prescribing budget. In 2016 the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice compliance team wrote to homeopaths in the UK to "remind them of the rules that govern what they can and can't say in their marketing materials". The letter told homeopaths to "ensure that they do not make any direct or implied claims that homeopathy can treat medical conditions" and asks them to review their marketing communications "including websites and social media pages" to ensure compliance. Homeopathic services offered at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital in the UK ceased in October 2015, 2b1af7f3a8