11 Audible Insider Tips to Get the Most Out of Audible

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If you’re a fan of audiobooks, Audible is tough to beat. With a huge selection of books, some great perks, and apps that let you listen anywhere and everywhere, it’s the go-to choice for people who listen to audiobooks.

However, as good as Audible is, there are some Audible tips and tricks you need to use to get the most out of Audible. In this article, we list Audible tips which will help you get your money’s worth from your subscription.

1. Save Money With the Silver Plan

Audible’s main plan is the Gold plan, which currently costs $15/month and gets you one book credit (plus a discount on other books). While $15/month doesn’t seem like much, it adds up over the course of a year.

The Silver plan (how to unlock Audible’s Silver plan How to Unlock the Secret Audible Silver Plan How to Unlock the Secret Audible Silver Plan Audible is an expensive service, but did you know there's a secret plan that lets you get membership benefits for less? Here's what you get with it and how to activate it. Read More ) is the best way to use Audible if you want a cheaper price, or if you don’t read that many audiobooks. With the Silver plan, you’ll pay $15 for one credit every other month. Audible doesn’t advertise the Silver plan, so you’ll have to get in touch with customer service directly to make use of it.

2. Return Books You Don’t Like

Audible Tips Return Books Purchase History

Your Audible credits are valuable—many audiobooks are worth more than the $15 you pay for the credit. So when you get one you don’t like, it feels like a waste of money. But don’t worry, as the Audible returns policy lets you take back any books you don’t like.

You can exchange an Audible book as long as it has been purchased within the past 12 months. When making self-service returns yourself, the number is limited—it’s still not exactly clear what that Audible exchange limit is.

To return an Audible book (how to return an Audible audiobook How to Return an Audible Book How to Return an Audible Book Need to return an Audible book? Whether you bought it by mistake or just don't like it, here's how to return a book on Audible. Read More ), just head to your account details and click “Purchase History”. From there, you’ll see a list of your orders. Find the order that contains the book you want to return, and click “Return”. If you’ve reached the Audible return limit, you can still return your book by contacting Audible customer services.

3. Add Audible Narration to Your Kindle Books

Audible Tips Read and Listen to Books

With Whispersync, you can sync your Kindle and your Audible books. That way, you’ll always pick up where you left off, no matter which device you’re using. It’s also good for listening and reading at the same time.

When you’re buying Kindle books, keep an eye out for the option that reads, “Add Audible book to your purchase”. Checking off that box will let you have access to the Kindle and audiobook.

You can often get really good deals this way, too. If a book is on sale for a few bucks, the audiobook will also likely go down in price.

Don’t forget to use Amazon Matchmaker to see the Kindle books in your collection that can be upgraded to an audiobook. Amazon also has an entire section dedicated to Whispersync-enabled books.

Audible Tips Whispersync Category

To view your Whispersync options, head to Audible’s main store page, and click “More to Explore” in the top menu bar. From there, scroll down and click “Whispersync for Voice” on the left sidebar.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Sales

Audible Daily Deals Books

Much like Kindle books, you can find some fantastic sales on Audible books. There’s the Daily Deal, regular two-for-one sales, price-drops on single books, and other ways to save. Amazon doesn’t make the Daily Deal easy to uncover, but you can head to audible.com/dailydeal to find it.

Signing up for Daily Deal emails will keep you up to date on these hefty sales. And Audible will probably send you emails about other sales too. You may want to just delete them, but if you’re an audiobook fiend, glancing through them is worth it.

You can also add items to your wishlist to get updates on when they go on sale. Audible has run other types of sales in the past, like buy-four-get-$10 listener rewards sales. This particular one hasn’t shown up in a while, but there are always other great ways to save money coming up.

Speaking of which, you can currently grab one free audiobook and gain access to two free Audible Originals when you sign up for an Audible trial.

To help you further, here are the audiobooks you should listen to during your trial 10 Great Audiobooks You Should Listen to During Your Audible Trial 10 Great Audiobooks You Should Listen to During Your Audible Trial If you're still not sure if audiobooks are right for you, you can sign up for a 30-day Audible trial and get two free audiobooks. Here are our 10 recommendations. Read More .

5. Put Your Monthly Membership on Hold

If you have a monthly membership, you can put it on hold for up to three months (but you can only do it once a year). This is great if you know you’re not going to be listening to many audiobooks for a while.

While your account is on hold, you can still buy books and use your credits, but you won’t accrue any new credits. So, if a great sale comes up, you can still take advantage of it while you’re saving some extra cash.

Audible asks you to contact Audible customer services to put your membership on hold.

6. Get Discounts on Your Membership and Books

audible pro tips membership cash back

If you haven’t signed up for Audible yet, you might be able to get cashback or discounts on your membership and books. There are numerous discount and cashback sites that sometimes have offers for Audible users.

Of course, not all cashback sites are worth using. But if you’ve had success with one, it’s worth a shot. Groupon also occasionally has deals on Audible memberships, so check there when you need to sign up or renew your membership.

7. Take Advantage of Free Audible Originals

Audible Originals Monthly Selection

Each month, Audible provides a different selection of free Audible Originals—you get to choose two for free every month. While some Originals are engaging fictional stories, others have to do with true crime and amazing success stories. Audible offers an entire library of interesting Originals, but you’ll have to pay to get access to other series.

8. Get Free Audiobooks With Prime Reading

Audible also includes a series of free ebooks thanks to the Prime Reading feature that comes with your Prime Membership. With Prime Reading, you can borrow up to 10 books with no fees. Most books come with the option of Audible narration, so you’ll get good bang for your buck.

To find the free available books, go to Amazon’s Prime Reading page. Here, you’ll see thousands of books and magazines to choose from.

9. Use Your Credits Before They Expire

Amazon recently updated its policy and extended the expiration date on credits. Now, you have one year to use your credits after you receive them. Definitely take advantage of the fact that you don’t need to spend your credits right away, but make sure not to wait too long.

10. Get Audible Escape for Unlimited Romance Stories

Audible Escape Romance Subscription

If you’re a fan of romance novels, you’ll want to take advantage of Audible Escape. This gives you access to thousands of love stories and romance novels.

You can opt to sign up for Audible Escape in addition to your Audible membership, or you can do so separately. Just keep in mind that Audible Escape comes at a cheaper monthly price if you already have an Audible membership. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a higher monthly fee for Audible Escape alone.

11. Almost Cancel Your Membership to Score Discounts

Audible Cancel Membership Discounts

To get even more discounts on Audible, you have to be a little clever. Go through the steps of canceling your Audible membership How to Cancel Audible in 6 Easy Steps How to Cancel Audible in 6 Easy Steps Audible may not be worth it for you right now. Let's see how to cancel an Audible subscription in a few easy steps. Read More , but stop when you get asked why you want to cancel. For this option, select “It’s too expensive”.

When you continue to the next page, Amazon might offer you a discounted membership. Select that offer to get an even cheaper Audible rate.

Get the Most Out of Your Audible Subscription

Audiobooks are a great way to read more books, and Audible is one of the best ways to satisfy your literary cravings. But if you’re still paying full price and not taking advantage of all of these features, you’re not getting the most out of your Audible subscription.

Perhaps you’re not ready to commit to an Audible subscription just yet. If that’s the case, you might want to check out the best free audiobooks worth listening to The 12 Best Free Audiobooks From Loyal Books You Should Listen To The 12 Best Free Audiobooks From Loyal Books You Should Listen To Here are the best free audiobooks on Loyal Books, formerly known as booksshouldbefree. Read More instead.

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  1. Timmy Crew
    February 4, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Cancel my membership now it's saving more other places. Cancel now please

  2. Nick
    November 1, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Audible Channels doesn't appear on my UK based Audible iPad / Phone app I'm afraid, so it maybe a good idea if you check to find out if the info given is a local US option. It would save me 1/2 hour trying to find out why my app does'nt have it
    I'm on audible a good part of the month so any useful info for cutting back on costs is good by me.
    Cheers people

  3. Marisa
    October 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    AUDIBLE’s great listen guarantee is the best return policy EVER. People, please don’t game the system, so we listeners don’t have to pay the price by losing this flexible no-questions-asked return policy!
    My tip: if you keep running out of credits because you listen to lots of audiobooks, you can set up a separate account under a different email address. You get the free trial, and yes you’ll be paying for 2 accounts but maybe get silver for one, platinum for the other...I have a few accounts and it works well for me!

  4. Brook
    October 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Even better - Sign up for Tune-in Premium for $9.99 a month. You can download all the audiobooks you could possibly want.

  5. Ang
    October 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I did not know about the silver plan.... thank you for that!

  6. Pmay
    October 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, there are 1000s of titles that also include the audiobook that you can "borrow" (up to ten at a time). The search filters allow you to find those titles.

  7. Travis
    October 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Or sign up for a few months to get build up enough books for awhile then cancel your membership until you need more books then sign up again. You dont lose your books because account t is still active, just not membership. When you activate membership again you get another free credit for the first free month. I have done this like 3 times now because unlisted to books in spring summer and football podcasts in fall/winter

  8. Anton
    October 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    There is also a 24 books per year plan. Works out very well if you cruise through books in quick succession.

    • Marisa
      October 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      There was a promo a while back for a 12 credits per year plan. I got it and already used like 11 credits in 3 months. Should have gotten the 24 credit plan.

      • Anton
        October 27, 2017 at 8:05 am

        It's awesome right?!
        I use audible everyday in my 1 hour commute.
        I actually have the 24 credit plan on the Uk and Us audible stores. On standard I go through 24 credits in 6 months. Listening at 1.3x speed also eats up the books

  9. Draconyx
    October 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    so yea.. i had no clue i could return books, thanks for the tips, i returned 2 as soon as i read this.

  10. Ann
    October 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    If you find you love Audible, yearly platinum is the best plan at $9.50 a credit. I also check the daily deal every day in case I want it; it's easy to find on the app's store page. It's the other sales that are hard to see inside the app, so I also check the web page banners about twice a month. If you use all your credits, an offer to buy 3 more at your plan rate usually pops up. Kindle classics are sometimes free with the whispersynch Audible for a couple bucks. If you have Kindle Unlimited many of these have Audible narration for free or the reduced add on price; when you return the Kindle book the Audible you bought you keep.

  11. BWestley
    October 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    If you sign up to Kindle unlimited for $10 a month. You can get add narration for $1.99-$7.95 on a lot of titles. I go through 150-200 hours worth of books a month.

  12. Valerie
    October 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    The price if the book matters. If the cost of the book is less than the average book on your monthly membership then just pay cash and use your membership credits for the more expensive books.

  13. Amanda Woodward
    October 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I am an Audible member with well over 1,000 books listened to.
    Audible offers discounts on Kindle Unlimited also. Not to mention that several KU books come with free audio version. I have a KU membership and can listen to a lot of books for free. The price of whispersync books on Audible are deeply discounted to as much as $1.99
    Also several classic books are free or very cheap. I bought Walden for $0.85.
    The sales are anywhere from $3.95 to $4.95..
    I live by my Audible account.
    Right now you can get 12 credits for $99.50 which is a $50 discount.

  14. Michael
    October 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Here's another tip. Sign up for a plan and never change it. I started with audible in 2002 as an "Ultimate Listener". 2 book/month at $16.95. I have never changed my plan and I am still getting 2 books/month for $16.95. The downside to my plan is it is a "use it or lose it" plan. If I don't use both credits I lose whatever I don't use. They used to have a queue that they let you load up so if your month was ending and you had credits they would purhase the books in your queue before you lost the credit.

    • ShellieB
      October 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Why nygo ahead and use your credits, they stay in your library forever. I won't chance losing credits! .