Sometimes, you may feel too tired to read a book on your computer or e-reader, and you just want to liberate your eyes for a bit. But on the other hand, you don’t want to give up your books.
Is there any solution? Of course there is, and it’s listening to audiobooks.
There are lots of audiobook programs out there which allow you to play audiobooks and they’re available in different formats. The audio player tools let you create playlists, find lyrics, announce tracks, add bookmarks, edit tags and more.
Using audiobook players can offer you a great experience, and you will also be able to navigate easily through your files. You will have many easy playback options available so you can move back and forth in the audio book.
The audiobook software is also able to remember up to where your file was last time played, and it will continue the task from the same point you left it.
This will make it easier for you to listen to audiobooks and it will save you time especially in comparison with other music player software.
What are the best audiobook players for Windows PCs?
Free Audio Reader (FAR) is a straightforward audiobook reader program which includes several features that can be used to add bookmarks, to edit tags, to create playlists, to view cover art and so on.
You can also use the software as a slideshow playback and as a text to speech software.
You will be able to resume the playback from the same position from where you previously left off, and the files stopped playing. The software can play MP3, WMA, WAV, MID, FSB, FBM, and TXT files.
Some of the playback options that are available include the following: play, top, index, next file, and more.
The playlists from this software can be saved, and you can also use the options to repeat, shuffle, and to edit the playlist. If you want to add an audiobook to the playlist, you will have to click on the Open button.
Then you have to select the files and add them to the playlist. You have to click on the Play button to play the first file or Double click on any file that you want to play.
This free audiobook player features a TextRead option which you can use to read TXT files. More options are available for the following actions: open, play, skip ahead, skip back, stop and change the volume of playback.
The software can also be used to copy text, to paste text, and to choose the font of the displayed text. By using the play and pause button, you will be able to play/pause the reading. The bookmarks can be saved in FBM format.
This is an open source audiobook player software which features a straightforward interface. The coolest part of the program is the fact that it can remember the status of the file that is being played and it can resume playing from the same location anytime you want.
You can use it to add audiobooks available in the MP3 format to the audiobook library by choosing the option to add the from folders or to add individual files.
The program displays the cover of the audio book for easy recognition. You can also create playlists, and you can arrange all kinds of audiobooks in various playlists.
The player is a simple one with options including play control, exit, settings, and slider. It will display the file name or path.
My Audiobook Reader is a simple audiobook reader software which you can use to play MP3 audiobooks. The MP3 audiobooks can be saved to a playlist.
The playlist will display the track, title, year, album, genre and also information related to duration. By using the book mark option, you can bookmark multiple files to keep track of the playing location.
You are able to move back and forth in the audio book by using the jog button. The program also has the options to play, pause, stop, load list, save list, add files, clear list and total time to help you play and also organize audiobooks.
This audiobook software shows you the progress track to track your process on an audiobook. It also shows the volume control which you can use to set the volume, and playlist progress which shows you the overall progress on a playlist.
The software features more options such as the fact that it lets you change pitch, voice speed, move 10/60 seconds back, move at the start position, move 10/60 seconds forward, and you can also move to the end.
You can choose the option to save your playlist and to load it as well.
This is a simple music –player which can also be used as an audiobook player software. You can use it to play AIF, MP3, WAV and WMA files. You can search for the files using filters such as artist, title, filename and so on.
The program also has a dedicated Audio Book player button that will help you play audiobook files, you can add them to the library, you can create playlists and also perform various tasks. The program also supports a mini player, and it provides the information of tracks.
You also have the possibility to play, stop, pause, view equalizer, repeat, forward, rewind. You will get the sound control option and shuffle options, as well.
The software features lock down options as it requires a password to get unlocked, to disable web access and to access the full-screen mode.
WorkAudiobooks is a simple audiobook reader software which supports audiobooks in MP3 file format. It has various features that make this software one of the best audiobook player software for Windows.
The program plays the files step by step, and it is able to display the subtitles if there are any available. The subtitle can be in HTML, TXT, or SRT format.
Some words can be marked as difficult, and they will be repeated one more time when they are encountered in the text. The audiobook can be divided into phrases, and you will have the ability to select your own preferable length of phrases.
While playing the book, you will be able to browse between words and you can also choose to search for their meanings in the dictionary.
You also have some options available that will let you bookmark a file, play bookmarked files, delete the files and so on. In order to do so, you just have to click on the * button that is available.
This audiobook reader software provides you various options such as creating notes for folders and files, generating lists of words for studying, and performing writing practice. You can also use the tool to edit subtitles.
This is a lightweight software with quite a simple interface, and you can use it to play files, to add files and folders to your list, to clear your list, to load your playlist to save it and to add URLs.
The software can be used to remove duplicate files, to remove dead entries, to open file locations and to edit tags.
The feature that makes this program extremely ideal for audiobooks is its option of track announcements. You can also find the lyrics from LyricWiki.org. The software offers support for Last.fm and Libre.fm.
You will also get various play modes available in the program that will let you play lists, files, repeat lists and files, play random files from the playlist, and also shuffle files in the playlist.
The play controls will let you play, pause, stop, browse to the previous file, go to the next file, play the first file, and also play the last file.
The program is able to display the information of the files that you added; it will show the file name, year, genre, title, type, path, time, size, bit rate, composer.
You can also edit file tag information under the Edit menu including the track, title, artist, album, year, title, genre and so on.
The formats that are supported by the software are ID3v1, ID3v2.2/3/4, OGG/FLAC Vorbis comments, WMA, APEv2, MP4/ALAC/AAC.
It supports AIFF, AIF, AIFC, MP1, MP2, MP3, OGA, OGG, WAV, MO3, XM, MOD, S3M, IT, and MTM file formats.
You can get some plugins to play more audio formats as well including the following: FLAC, WMA, WMP, WMV, ASF, MID, MIDI, RMI, KAR, WV, WVC, AAC, MP4, M4A, M4B, M4P, APE, AC3, SPX, TTA, OFR, MPC, ALAC, OPUS, and so on.
This is a free fast audio player which in very small and it provides a environment to listen to your music and your audiobooks without the need for playlists or databases.
When you open the player, it will display you PC drives at the left common, and you just have to find your music and your audiobook dictionary.
It will directly play your folders, and the most important one of its features is the fact that it can remember the last track and the position which makes it a lot easier to listen to your audiobooks without wasting time.
You have the options of copying, moving, renaming while you are playing files. The software allows you to change the track position and volume.
Track repeat is also available for the program. The elapsed and the total time shown in the title bar option will make you aware of how much time you need to finish a file.
The supported formats of the program include MP3, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AAC, CD, and MP4.
MP3 Book Helper is a free audiobook player that can be used to play and to organize your audiobooks.
Besides from the fact that the software can be used to play and organize audiobooks you can also use it to edit file tag, to swap tag field, to export tags and to import tags.
You can get the artist and the album information from the FreeDB database from the web.
You will have to chose from more available options which include play, stop, pause, next rewind, previous rewind, and also jump to 10, 20, 30 and 60 seconds before.
You can use this software to generate playlists, to create PAR/SFV files, SFV/SV files, to produce SVF files only and to make MD5 files only.
You can use the toolbar option to add, open, clear, save tags as txt files, load tags from txt files, to show pictures and to show lyrics. You can also export your tags as CSV files with standard or custom format.
You can import tags from CSV files. You just have to select a CSV file and click on the Read File button to read it.
You can also create a playlist in the M3U format in the Generate menu, and you can use it to generate MD5 files and more.
There are also some audiobooks file filters options available from the options duplicate only, no duplicate, loaded only, load missing, missing only, corrupted only and more.
The task tab will show tasks that are completed, and the log tab will show the event details.
This is one of the most popular media player software, and it can be used as an audiobook player software as well. It features various tools that allow you to listen to audiobooks.
You also have the ability to add your own audiobooks and to play them whenever you want to. When using iTunes, you can Synchronize your audio books to iPhone or iPad.
You can also choose to browse for media files automatically and to play them at any moment. These files can be added to the playlist, and you can also convert ID3 tag and create AAC version of the audio books.
You can also sort audiobooks based on some filters that include name, genre, title, year, and so on. The repeat option is available as well, and you can use it to replay your favorite files.
This is the first audiobook player for Windows from the market, and it will save you valuable time, it will help you learn new foreign languages and is also features lots of unique elements for listening to your audiobooks.
It supports MP3, OGG, MPEG-4 and Wav audio file formats and it features a nice simple interface. The program can speed up playback to save time, it stores a volume level and playback speed, and it also has a sleep timer feature.
You can shutdown, reboot or log off Windows at the specified time. The tool also allows you to lower the volume level progressively at the end of the scheduled period
You will also get the ability to export or import playlists into an intermediary format for transferring audiobooks, for generating reports and more.
Check out all these tools for playing audiobooks and pick your favorite!
If you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2017 and was revamped and updated in February 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.