With an increasingly busy work schedule and all that needs to get done around the house, finding the time to sit back with a new book or one of your favorites is seemingly more and more sparse these days. Rather than letting reading time fall by the wayside, it's time to consider joining Audible, Amazon's audiobook service.
Audiobooks let you finish the story while you complete chores at home, drive to work, or accomplish any number of other tasks, and the best part is that you can listen on tons of devices using the free Audible app, from your phone and tablet to your computer, and on Amazon Echo devices too.
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Audible | Free 30-day trial
New subscribers of Audible can score a free 30-day trial right now with a free audiobook credit included! That lets you add any audiobook on the site to your digital library permanently. Amazon Prime members earn two free credits instantly with this offer instead of one.
What is Audible?
Audible is an audiobook marketplace owned by Amazon. You can purchase single audiobooks there or sign up for a recurring subscription. Audible has two subscription tiers to consider if you're looking for more entertainment: Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus. Audible Plus gives you unlimited listening access to Audible originals and thousands of other audiobooks in the Audible Plus library for only $7.95 per month. Meanwhile, Audible Premium Plus costs $14.95 per month and includes unlimited listening to the Audible Plus library along with a monthly credit that can be redeemed for any audiobook on the site.
Audible Plus doesn't include access to all of the books on Audible but only a specific selection of titles. The Audible Premium Plus tier is recommended if there are titles you want to add to your library that aren't available with Audible Plus.
What is Audible Plus?
Audible Plus is the newest, more affordable tier of Audible. It costs just $7.95 per month and unlocks access to the full Audible Plus library which you can listen to whenever you'd like using the Audible app. There are thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, originals, and more content in the Plus Catalog. Unlike Audible Premium Plus, this tier does not include an audiobook credit to redeem towards other books on Audible.
What is Audible Premium Plus?
Premium Plus is the original Audible subscription plan, priced at $14.95 per month. This tier now includes unlimited listening access to the Plus Catalog, though an even better benefit here is the Audiobook credit you'll receive each month as a member. The credit can be redeemed for any audiobook on Audible, allowing you to add any title you want to your library to keep permanently — even when you're no longer a subscriber.
Is Audible free with Prime?
Unfortunately, Audible is a separate service from Amazon Prime, so you won't gain access to Audible by having a Prime membership. However, there is a bonus when you try Audible for the first time as a Prime member. New Audible Premium Plus members normally receive 1 audiobook credit for free when trying out the service, though Prime members can get two audiobooks for free by signing up for Audible.
How much does Audible cost?
There are two subscription plans for Audible, though you're also able to buy single audiobooks there if you don't want to sign up for a recurring membership. The most affordable tier is Audible Plus at $7.95 monthly, which includes unlimited listening access to a huge library of audiobooks, podcasts, and originals, while Audible Premium Plus is priced at $14.95 per month and not only includes access to Audible's listening library but also gives you a free credit to use towards any other audiobook on the site.
The audiobooks you purchase at Audible (with or without credits) are yours to keep forever — even after you end your subscription.
How can I listen to Audible?
The best part about Audible is that you can listen anywhere and any time you'd like. Audible is available as an app on smartphones, tablets, and you can even listen to Audible audiobooks on the new Kindle e-Readers. Whether you're busy driving to work, cleaning the kitchen, or doing a load of laundry, Audible makes it so you never have to close the book early.
How can I get Audible for free?
Every so often, Audible will offer a deal that allows new members to score a few free credits when joining the Audible Premium Plus tier. Each credit can be used to add any audiobook to your library permanently, and while there's no major freebies being offered right now, you can score a free 1-month trial of Audible with a free audiobook credit included. Prime members will automatically score two free audiobook credits instead of one.
Is it worth subscribing to Audible?
Without a trace of doubt, we can say 100% yes. Becoming obsessed with Audible is a real thing. You start off thinking you're just getting a free 30-day trial and suddenly your library is 20 audiobooks deep and you've been a member for over a year. Now that Audible makes it so easy to listen, there's no excuse to go so long without discovering a new story or going back and discovering old favorites.
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