Why I Love Libro.fm

Copperfield’s recently teamed up with Libro.fm to offer digital audiobooks, and I for one am thrilled. We now offer all the newest titles—plus some older goodies—in the audio format. I’ve been hooked on audiobooks since the first CD I listened to (Haruki Murakami's magic-realism-style novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle), and digital audios are even better.

Like many people, I almost always have my smart phone on me. That now means I always have my book with me, too. Whether I’m commuting to work, hiking on the weekend, or just waiting in line at the store, I can always pick up right where I left off with the tap of my thumb. Listening to audios has nearly doubled my yearly reading because I can continue listening to my book while cooking or doing anything else that requires hands-on attention.

Digital audiobooks are perfect for driving. There are no CDs to interchange, like traditional audiobooks, so you only have to hit play once before hitting the road. The app bookmarks your spot, picking up a few words before you left off to kick-start your memory of what was happening in your fictional world (or nonfiction, if that’s your thing).

So how does it work, you ask? 

First, download the Libro.fm app here. The app is effectively a digital library where your purchased audiobooks live. Then you can browse the Copperfield’s storefront, where you can search for specific titles or just peruse lists of bestsellers and top picks (like the Indie Next List). We also offer a sale section and deals on the book of the month, too. (This month’s pick, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, is a deep dive into the struggles of America’s working class—check it out here.)

To save room on your device, purchased books live in the cloud until you choose to download them to your device. If you want to start listening immediately, downloading is a snap; just tap the cloud icon in your Libro.fm app and the download will complete within a few minutes. Once you finish a book, the files go back to the cloud so your device doesn’t get bogged down with more data than you need at the moment (but you can always listen to a book again should you want to revisit a great one).

If you need a little push to get started, I heartily recommend Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This Berkeley-based writer’s debut is remarkable, and a good listen to help you get into the audio groove.

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