Audible: What You Need To Know

Do you know what Audible is? How does Audible works? Maybe you know the answers to these questions but not know how to get the service or how much it costs? Well, it’s ok either way because in this one-stop guide I’ve covered all the necessary details that you need to know about this amazing service. 

So let’s get started.

What is Audible?

“Audible” literally means “able to be heard.” Owned by Amazon, this service offers, a great way to listen to books. It doesn’t matter where you are whether at home or anywhere else, now you can enjoy ad-free, high-quality audio files just by using apps for your phone, Windows or Mac computer or Alexa device.

If you’re not already reading, you’re missing out on a lot of knowledge. We all know that reading is good for us and listening to audio is a good way to consume books. With over 425,000 audiobooks to the collection, Audible boasts audiobooks from every genre (like education, romance, thriller, suspense, and podcasts), all read by professionals including top-notch actors such as Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Simon Vance, and so forth. Put simply, it is one of the best places to go for audiobooks.

How does Audible work?

First, you take out the 30 days free trial of Audible which comes with a free audiobook (could be anything you want, a classic or even Audible Originals) and 2 Audible Originals. Now there is one important thing that you should know, either stop using the service before the trial expires, or the company will automatically charge without you even knowing. 

You’ll be required to use your Amazon account to sign up for the membership. Each month, one or more free credits will be awarded to the Audible account, as per your plan (more on this later). You can use this credit to purchase Audible audio books in different categories including technology, fashion, romance, social media, ads, etc. The credits can be carried forward to next month as long as you are a monthly member. If you want to buy more books, you’ll have to either buy more Audible credits or pay per audio book (audiobooks have a regular price of around £18, sometimes more). You own all Audible audio books in your library even if you cancel your subscription.

As mentioned above, you can listen to Audible audiobooks anywhere you want, whether online or offline, using apps for your phone, Windows or Mac computer or Alexa device. The easiest way is via the Audible app, available on both iOS and Android.

Audible and Whispersync

Whispersync, it’s an application which lets you switch “back and forth between a Kindle book and Audible professional narration – without ever losing your place.” In simple words, it sync’s in your Kindle ebook and audiobook on the audible app, so that you can start wherever you last left. You will need an internet connection for this. To utilize the service, you need to purchase the audio companion to a Kindle book. While it is on the pricier side, there is no denying the convenience of this service.

Audible Pricing

Having an Amazon account with a valid credit card is mandatory for free 30-days trial. As you’ll have to pay your monthly subscription fee, once your free trial ends, but you can cancel your subscription at anytime. As mentioned before, depending on your plan you’ll get credits that you can use to buy and keep any audio book, unused membership credits can be rolled over from one month to another. Whether you are waiting on an upcoming new release or cannot decide between two titles, this feature ensures you never pay in vain. Now let’s take a look at its membership plans:

Audible basic membership aka gold monthly plan is $14.95 per month & includes 1 upfront membership credits. While, the gold annual plan costs $149.50 per year & includes 12 upfront membership credits. 

The Platinum monthly membership costs $22.95 per month and gives access to 2 credits. While the Platinum annual membership costs $229.50 per year and gives access to 24 credits.

The Audible Escape subscription allows members to binge listen to thousands of romance audiobooks. Members can borrow up to ten romance books at a time (that are included in the subscription) and can return them whenever they like, to borrow more.

Kindle Unlimited and Audible Gold or Platinum members pay only $6.95 per month for the Romance Package. If you are not a Kindle Unlimited or Audible member, the subscription costs $12.95 per month. 

Along, with the above benefits, the members also get a 30% discount on additional audiobooks, hassle-free exchanges, and two Audible Originals of their choice each month.

Also, there are various promo codes and offers released by Amazon or other partners. So keep an eye for information on audible offers.

So, is it Worth It?

Well, it totally depends on you, if you love reading and listening to audio on the go, then yes it’s worth it. 

Also, it features the most expansive audiobook library currently on the market, and it provides all this to you at a relatively low price. Furthermore, the app is very user-friendly. Beyond that, Whispersync audiobooks offer a flexible alternative for individuals who enjoy reading but struggle to find the time to do it. In short, Audible provides you with one of the best ways to make the most of your time while commuting, exercising and travelling.

If you’re still not sure whether this service is right for you or not, you can use the free 30-day trial and see how it works. Not only do you receive a free audiobook of your choosing along with 2 Audible Originals, but you get the opportunity to gauge how often you would utilize the service. Be sure to download the app and play around with the settings to ensure you get the best possible user experience. 

Hope you enjoyed this Audible guide.

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