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Why should I join Listening Books?

Join nowIf you have an illness or disability which makes reading difficult, you can join Listening Books to gain access to over 8000 fantastic audiobooks for leisure and learning, and the best thing is, you can choose from 3 easily accessible formats! Our library boasts fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. We support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-level and record many texts and study guides that are not available elsewhere. Both individuals and organisations can join.

We are a postal and internet-based library service and becoming a member starts from as little as £20 a year.

So if you can't read, why not listen instead?

Of Mice and Men Text Guide Ratburger Horrible Science Stephen Fry Game of Thrones P G Wodehouse The Goldfinch Philip and Elizabeth

How our downloadable service works. 1. Browse audiobooks online, add titles to your basket and proceed to checkout. 2. Download titles to your PC, then transfer to an iPod or other portable device to listen on the go!







Please visit Downloadable for more details and contact our library team if you would like any help choosing a portable MP3 player. We also offer our audiobooks via internet streaming and through the post on MP3 CDs.

How our Streaming Service works

Our streaming service is straightforward to use. All the audiobooks available to download are also available to stream, simply choose your book and press play. The streaming now works on MACs and the majority of smartphones and tablets (the exceptions being the Nook and the Kindle Fire), so if you have connection to the internet you can listen live! Combine this with your download option for just £20 per year.

How our MP3 CD library works. 1. Choose from a huge range of titles. 2. We deliver straight to your door. 3. Keep as long as you like, with no late fees. 4. Return in the pre-paid envelope provided to get another!

From just £35 per year you will have access to our full library of MP3 CDs, with an allocation of two in circulation at any one time. We are constantly adding new titles to our library and you can borrow as many as you’d like throughout your membership.

For more information please follow the links below:
Information for adults
Information for children
Information for primary schools
Information for secondary schools

Information for organisations

Join now for as little as £1.67 per month!Doctor Who

If your school is joining, click here for some handy tips on how the service can be used in and out of the classroom.

If you would find it difficult to pay the membership fee, we have a limited number of free places available and may be able to help. Please go through the application form process and tick the box, indicating that you would struggle with the membership fee.

Please note, as we are a subsidised service, only those with an illness, disability or special educational need are eligible to join Listening Books.

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Listening Books members can download thousands of fantastic titles to an iPod or other portable player!

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MP3 CDs!

Members can choose from a huge selection of MP3 CDs which we send through the post.



Members can listen to thousands of audiobooks instantly on a huge range of devices and computers, including Macs.

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Library enquiries: 020 7234 0522 /
Fax: 020 7403 1377
Registered charity number: 264221 Patron: Stephen Fry President: The Rt. Hon. Lady Warnock DBE
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