12 Reasons to Gift Audiobooks

Audiobooks are an immersive experience that help you to escape your surroundings and enter fully into the world of a story. And don’t we all need that right now? With Libro.fm, you can give a friend or loved one the gift of all that and more. And you can support an independent bookstore at the same time!

Wondering why else audiobooks from Libro.fm make a great gift? Check out the reasons below!


1. You’ll help them read more books!

This is, perhaps, the number one reason for listening to—and gifting—audiobooks. There are so many great books in the world, and more keep getting added daily. But nobody is giving us extra hours in the day. Nobody, that is, except audiobook narrators! Thanks to them, your gift recipient can find extra nooks and crannies in their life to fit in more stories — as they walk their dog, nurse their baby in the middle of the night, or do countless other things they would be doing anyway.

2. You’ll inject a little fun into their daily routines.

Some tasks, let’s face it, are a little on the boring side — whether that’s cooking, cleaning, other chores around the house, or certain aspects of paid employment. But not when you’ve got a story in your ears!

3. You’ll give them an alternative to podcasts.

Many podcasts are news-based, and sometimes the news is overwhelming. Maybe what your loved one truly needs is an escape from the things worrying them or the ambient anxiety that so often surrounds us. Audiobooks can do that!

4. They’ll hear the voice of the author.

There’s nothing like a memoir narrated by its author. They know exactly how to inflect certain passages, or how to tell a joke so it really lands  (maybe that’s why actors’ and comedians’ memoirs work particularly well on audio). A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost is a particular treat.

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, also got glowing reviews on audiobook.

“With impeccable pacing, the former First Lady’s warm reading immediately pulls listeners close for what feels like an intimate chat with a friend.”

Booklist Starred Review

5. They’ll hear the voices of the characters.

Hearing accents is another way to make a book feel more immediate — as if the characters are right there in the room with you. That’s especially great if they are accents you’re not used to hearing, whether that’s the plummy British vowels in Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce, the Jamaican accents in Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, or the Northern Irish accents in Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen.

Some audiobooks have multiple narrators, too — Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a great example of a story told through the eyes (and voices) of multiple people.

6. Audiobooks offer additional features, like music.

Lovely War by Julie Berry is one example of a book that makes great use of music .  Why wouldn’t you want to hear that, rather than just read it via words on the page?

“Ragtime, jazz, and classical music are integral to both the plot and the setting of the novel. Aubrey Edwards, one of the four main characters, is a ragtime pianist and composer and a member of the Harlem Hellfighters regiment in World War I. He has a knack for taking any melody, however serious, and flipping it into a rag on the spot.”

—Author Julie Berry, in conversation with PRH

7. They’ll enjoy audio—which doesn’t go out of print—forever.

Depending how well they’ve sold, books sometimes go out of print and either become almost impossible to find or prohibitively expensive. Sometimes, a publisher can wildly underestimate how many people are going to want a book , until—as happened with many anti-racist books in June 2020—there’s a sudden demand that wholesalers can struggle to keep up with.

But audio files are here in those times! The recipient of your Libro.fm gift membership doesn’t need to be frustrated that the book they want that month is temporarily unavailable. If it’s in the Libro.fm catalog, it’s there forever.

8. You can send a last-minute gift without delay.

Audiobooks from Libro.fm are a great choice for last-minute gifts! You can choose to deliver them immediately upon purchase via email, or you can select the option to receive a printable PDF, which you can send or print out to give them at a later date. Either way, your recipient can start listening whenever they’re ready!

9. Audiobook gifts never expire.

Whether they click the redemption link as soon as they receive it or months down the line, your gift recipient can begin their gift membership whenever they like! Their audiobook credit(s) will deliver up-front, but they’ll have access to membership benefits—including 30% off all additional audiobook and gift purchases—for the duration of time that their membership gift allows.

10. Your gift supports a local bookstore.

Libro.fm splits profits with indie bookstores, so when you buy an audiobook membership from us, you’ll be supporting a bookstore wherever you choose — whether that’s a minority-owned bookstore you want to help thrive, a shop in your neighborhood, or somewhere you have fond memories of visiting.

This year, when you buy a 12-month gift membership through Libro.fm, you’re sending $90 straight into the pockets of a beloved indie bookstore. And when you support a bookstore, you’re also supporting a local community. 

11. You’ll give them exactly what they want.

Buying exactly the right book for an avid reader can be difficult—if it’s the perfect book for them, chances are they have already found it. An audiobook membership says “I know you love books! Here’s a way to enjoy them,” but allows your gift recipient to choose an audiobook they want and haven’t already read.

12. You’ll give them a gift that keeps on giving!

Every month for the length of your gift recipient’s gift membership, the recipient will be reminded that you thought of them—and they’ll get to enjoy the result of that thoughtfulness.


Give a thoughtful gift, read more books, find new ways to enjoy them, and invest in communities: audiobook gift memberships are a win-win for everyone!

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Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a monthly show about news and views from UK books and publishing; the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan; and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives.

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