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Audiobooks available to stream for free during coronavirus pandemic

March 2020 



Audible is providing free audiobooks so that everyone (eg parents, teachers, students, schools, etc) can stream a large selection of their collection during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 20 March 2020, anyone can listen to a mix of education, entertainment and general interest titles at no cost. These are available across six different languages. Visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started, no log-ins, credit cards or passwords required.

ABC Kids Listen

ABC Kids listen provides free stories, news and podcasts selected to entertain and educate pre-school aged children. This can be accessed by everyone via the ABC Kids listen app or installed via Google Play.


Kinderling is a family friendly radio station, which provides a day long program for children and adults that includes music and educational activities. Kinderling can be streamed online or accessed via their App via the App Store or on Google Play.

Other Free Sources of Audiobooks

Spotify offers access to some audiobooks via its free streaming service. Spotify offers a free account with ads and each student, parent and/or teacher could create their own account and simply look for the audiobook they require. Other sources online include Open Culture, Project Guttenberg, and Librivox who maintain lists of free audiobooks, most of which are classic works that are out of copyright or works that have been released by the author for free. 

Additional Information

NCU is always here to provide copyright assistance and advice to schools and TAFEs. If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit Smartcopying website (https://www.smartcopying.edu.au) or you can contact us Tel: 02 7814 3855 and at smartcopying@det.nsw.edu.au

Australia’s education system is facing uncertain times due to the COVID-19 Crisis. The NCU has prepared an information sheet to provide some guidance. We will continue to update this as the situation develops.