The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an 8-part PBS television series that explores America’s 100 best-loved novels and celebrates the power of reading. The series will launch on Tuesday, May 22nd on PBS at 8/7c and will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning Meredith Vieira.

The 100 novels were chosen via national survey, and each segment of the show features compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.

This series is designed to get the country reading and talking passionately about books. Use The Great American Read playlist to make your way through these beloved books!

The series will culminate with the announcement of America’s best-loved book, chosen by a nationwide vote. Voting will open with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode on 5/22 and continue up until the finale in October 2018. Viewers will be able to vote online, via social media using hashtags, and using SMS and toll-free voting.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Libro.fm

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party celebrating independent bookstores across the country—this year it is on Saturday, April 28th. Help us spread the word about this special day and the important role independent bookstores play in our communities!

As a thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore through Libro.fm, we will be giving away FREE audiobooks on April 28th! If you don’t already have an account, create one today to receive an email reminder to download your free audiobooks on Independent Bookstore Day…then go celebrate in-store with your local bookstore!


Share the love with your personal community!

Refer your friends and family to Libro.fm today—they get their first audiobook for just $0.99, and you get a free audiobook after their first month of membership. Not to mention the free audiobooks you will both get on Bookstore Day!

Create Your Account
(and be reminded about free audiobooks on 4/28)

Share the Love


Not sure your friends are ready to sign up for a membership?

You can gift them the free audiobooks on April 28th–all you need is their email addresses. Just be sure to complete your free purchase before midnight PST. After that, your friends can download their audiobook gifts anytime.


Why are we celebrating?

Independent bookstores are unique local anchors run by passionate booksellers–at the heart of everything they do is a love of books and a commitment to community. When you choose Libro.fm, your audiobook purchases support your local independent bookstore and help your local community thrive!

Independent Bookstores are Thriving

How are independent bookstores not just surviving, but thriving, in the age of Amazon? It’s a question that Ryan Raffaelli, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, first asked in 2015, compelling him to study independent bookstores ever since.

He plans to release an initial version of his study later in 2018, but in the meantime, he has published an abstract with an overview of his initial findings, called “Reframing Collective Identity in Response to Multiple Technological Discontinuities: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores.

Raffaelli has found that independent bookstores’ resurgence was in part facilitated by bottom-up processes in the form of a social movement: “localism.” Independent bookstores and other small, local businesses raised awareness for localism and helped develop the value of community.

He also found that independent bookstores were able to reclaim market demand by setting themselves apart from retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble in their practices. Independent bookstores’ curation of inventory focuses on providing a more specialized and personal experience to their customers.

Independent Bookstores also redefined their role in communities and became the place where people convene. Bookstores are no longer simply a place to buy books; they are gathering places and venues in the community.

At the same time independent bookstores have been redefining themselves from the bottom up, the American Booksellers Association has been promoting a collective identity that established cohesiveness, while still preserving each store’s independence.

Independent bookstores continue to bring incredible value to their local communities and that is why they are thriving!

In an interview with Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, Raffaelli said, “This has been an especially fascinating industry to study because indie booksellers provide us with a story of hope.”

At Libro.fm, we know our relationships with customers, partner bookstores, authors, and publishers can be a driving force for building community. The heart of what we do is driven by our love of books and our commitment to helping your local community thrive–just like your favorite brick-and-mortar shop.

Join this movement and celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Libro.fm on Saturday, April 28th.


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Thanks for a Cat-tastic April Fools!

Thank you to all the bookstores and bookstore cats that participated in our April Fools Day campaign! Audiobooks for Cats was a huge success, and from what we heard there were plenty of happy felines that loved Mr. Bigglesworth’s A Tail of Two Kitties! It was even featured as the Purrfect Audiobook of the Day by Shelf Awareness!

Did you miss some of the pawsitively adorable photos that came rolling in on Sunday? Not to worry! We’ve compiled them all here.

Thanks to all who spread the word about audiobooks for cats and, more importantly, spread awareness of the audiobook option that supports local independent bookstores… and their cats.


Share the Love and Earn Free Audiobooks!

Support your local, independent bookstore through the power of community and audiobooks…Our Referral Program is now live!


What does this mean?

Introduce your friends to Libro.fm, and they can enjoy their first audiobook/month for only $0.99. You get a FREE audiobook after their first month of membership. You’ll get an email notification when you’ve earned the free audiobook.


How do I refer a friend to Libro.fm? 

By visiting the Referral Page. Once there, you’ll have three options:

  • By email: Simply copy and paste the email addresses and we’ll do the rest.
  • Through Social: Share your referral link with friends via Facebook or Twitter.
  • With a Link: Copy your unique referral link and share anywhere. 

Can I recommend a specific audiobook to the friend I am referring?

Of course! Go to any audiobook page and click on the “Share this Audiobook” button. You will have the option to share by email or with your unique referral link.


Is there any limit to how many people I refer and how many free audiobooks I can get?

No! You can refer as many people as you want and there is no limit to how many free audiobooks you can earn.

Libro.fm and your local bookstore appreciate your help spreading the word. After your friend redeems their first audiobook and completes their first month of membership, you will get your free audiobook!

Narrator Spotlight: Top 10 Bestselling Audiobooks

Behind every amazing audiobook on Libro.fm is a narrator that brings the author’s words to life. These narrators are responsible for transporting us to another world even as we work, run errands, work out, or commute. This week we recognize the narrators of the Top Ten Bestselling Audiobooks of 2017.

Which of these narrators’ works do you enjoy?


The 166-person cast
that narrated Lincoln in the Bardo

This huge cast includes celebrity voices such as Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham, David Sedaris, and many others. It is impossible to recognize every narrator in this post, but that’s a large part of what makes this audiobook unforgettable.


Nicholas Guy Smith
Narrator of A Gentleman in Moscow

Nicholas Guy Smith’s expressive voice transports the listener to the Metropol and takes them on the count’s journey, even as he remains in the same room for decades. “I always keep the listeners in mind during the narration. How can I keep them connected to the story?” – Nicholas Guy Smith


J.D. Vance
Author and Narrator of Hillbilly Elegy

A former marine and Yale Law School graduate, J.D. Vance gives a powerful account–through both his writing and narration–of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town, offering a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Author and Narrator of What Happened

In her most personal memoir yet, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Who better to narrate this story than the woman that lived it?


Neil Gaiman
Author and Narrator of Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman breathes new life into Norse Myths with both prose and narration. And he encourages the listener to become the narrator! He says of these stories, “The fun comes in telling them yourself–something I warmly encourage you to do, you person reading this. Read the stories in this book, then make them your own.”


David Sedaris
Author and Narrator of Theft by Finding

David Sedaris is the ideal narrator for a bestselling audiobook made up of his own experiences and observations and told with his own misanthropic sense of humor and generosity of spirit.


Bahni Turpin
Narrator of The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

Bahni Turpin’s brings these two important and unforgettable stories to life with her commitment to accurately expressing the stories and their characters. She says, “I like to give each one a characterization and really try to read the way I feel the text should be heard.”


Sherman Alexie
Author and Narrator of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

No one could have better narrated his deeply moving memoir than Sherman Alexie himself. This audiobook is a powerful exploration of family, love, loss, and forgiveness.


Hope Davis
Narrator of Commonwealth

Hope Davis’ rendering of Commonwealth is both fluid and engaging as she tells the story of how a chance romantic encounter sets in motion the dissolution of two marriages and the joining of two families.

Online shopping still has a face

Cyber Monday was created in 2005 to encourage online shopping and was quickly embraced by smaller retailers who struggled to compete with the Black Friday offers from big box retailers.

To us, Cyber Monday is another reason and reminder to shop small, to support local companies and retailers with online purchases. Given that Libro.fm audiobooks allow you to support your local bookstore, join us and #CyberSmall on Monday, November 27th. Get 30% off our entire audiobook catalog with the code CM17.

We also encourage you to visit the website of your local bookstore as most have the functionality to sell print books and Libro.fm audiobooks online.

So think before you click and #CyberSmall this Monday.

Buy someone a story this holiday season

Beginning to plot out your holiday shopping list? Thinking about the perfect gift to buy that audiobook lover in your family, but also hoping to support your favorite independent bookseller? We here at Libro.fm are excited to announce that we now offer digital audiobook gifting! This new feature means you can gift specific audiobook titles to your loved ones via email or printable certificate, all while still supporting local bookstores.

What’s more, Libro.fm members get an additional 30% off all audiobook gifts! Choose from the over 75K+ titles in our digital library, or if you need help finding the perfect one, visit our online gift guide  or recommendation page, compiled by expert independent booksellers across the country. Or better yet, visit our Indies First page and get 50% off their stellar list of titles on November 25th.

If you already have a few books in mind for yourself, great! You can use our Wish List feature, which lets you easily share your list with friends and family.

Give the gift of audiobooks this holiday season, and choose indie! Visit us at libro.fm and tell us about it on social media using #librofm #audiobookgifting #chooseindie

Listen up, kids!

We here at Libro.fm are happy to announce a new page tailored just for kids! We’ve heard from parents how great audiobooks can be for road trips, as an alternative to screen time, and as an educational tool. So we’ve decided to feature a host of lists just for your children, based on suggestions from real life booksellers at our independent partner bookstores!

Is your child drawn to adventure books? Introduce them to the wonderful worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter, or perhaps a futuristic New York or a Star Wars-esque Bejing!

Or perhaps they’re into mysteries. If so, we’ve got a playlist that’s perfect for your budding detective-in-training.

Gearing up for a road trip? We’ve got classics like A Wrinkle in Time and newer gems like Redwall and The Emerald Atlas to make that drive or flight a little more smooth.


This is just a sampling of our many lists, which include selections for lovers of Fantasy, Humor, Bedtime, and more. We even have list specially curated for your child’s particular age group. Come visit us now!

Congrats, Summer Listening Challenge Finishers!

More than 40 independent bookstores participated in our first ever, Summer Listening Challenge.

Each participant was asked to log 20 hours of listening and tell us which bookstore they supported and what activities they did while listening. You can find the summary of results in the graphic below.

From booksellers to toddlers, and meditation to metalsmithing, there is an audiobook for everyone and no limit on the activities that can be accomplished while listening! But more importantly, with each listen through Libro.fm customers supported their local bookstore and their local community. Enough from us, hear what our finishers had to say after listening to more than 1,660 hours of audiobooks.

“I’ve completed my summer listening (I listened to sooo many books) and appreciate your encouragement!” – Sierra, supporter of Powell’s Books

“Thank you so much for offering this audio-focused reading challenge! I’ve always loved audiobooks, and my sons have gotten hooked in the past year.” – Pamela, supporter of Blue Willow Books

“So fun! I felt like a kid again, participating in my local library’s summer reading program!” – Jen, supporter of Vroman’s Bookstore

“Loved listening to books this summer! Thanks for being an amazing company!” – Kadine, supporter of Elliott Bay Book Company