If you own an an Amazon Echo, you can now listen to one audiobook for free. Because Amazon is giving away one free audiobook to Audible newbies who own an Echo. The hope being you’ll be so enamored with what’s on offer you’ll sign up for a membership.
Audiobooks are becoming increasingly popular these days. Probably because we’re all too busy to actually sit down and read a book, so we have to have them read to us while we’re doing other things instead. Still, this is all great news for Audible.
Alexa, Read Me an Audiobook
Audible is Amazon’s audiobooks division, with a paid-for monthly membership buying you one audiobook every month, plus more besides. If you’re not sure whether audiobooks are for you Audible offers a 30-day free trial. But now there’s an even better option.
You can now listen to your first audiobook from Audible for free on your Amazon Echo. And all you have to do is say, “Alexa, read me _____” along with the author and title of the book you want to hear. You’ll then hear that audiobook in full.
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The only caveat is that you’ll have to be completely new to Audible to take advantage of this offer. Which means not having previously signed up for the free trial. But beyond that you’re free to choose any audiobook you want, even if it’s a new title.
This offer to listen to a free audiobook through your Echo comes hot on the heels of Google starting to sell audiobooks on the Google Play Store. And as these are available at “an affordable price” and “without a subscription” Amazon is keen to fight back.
More Help for Audible Virgins
Whatever the reason for this, it’s a generous offer. And with no obligation to then sign up for Audible you’d be a fool not to take advantage. Most of you probably listen to music through your Echo, so listening to an audiobook would make for a nice change.
We have covered Audible extensively in the past, revealing the best audiobooks to listen to during your free trial and insider tips to help you get the most out of Audible. Oh, and not forgetting the excellent idea that is Audible for Dogs. No, seriously.