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 many listeners. (If you’re not a fan of the format, one of these audiobooks might convince you otherwise!)
However, as good as Audible is, if you’re not taking advantage of these tips and tricks, you might not be getting your money’s worth from your subscription. To make sure you’re getting the absolute most for your money, please read on.
1. Save Money With the Silver Plan
Audible’s main plan is the Gold plan, which currently costs $15 per month and gets you one book credit (plus a discount on other books). While $15 doesn’t seem like much, it soon adds up over the course of a year.
If you don’t want to pay that much, or don’t listen to many audiobooks, the Silver plan is a better option. The Silver plan means you 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
Those once-a-month 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. But don’t worry, as Audible lets you return any books you don’t like.
Any book you’ve purchased within the past 12 months is eligible for return. Audible says that this number can be limited, but it’s not clear what that limit is. It may depend on how many books you buy. You may also face difficulties returning books that you bought cheaper during a sale.
To return an audiobook, 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. Sorted.
3. Add Audible Narration to Your Kindle Books
With WhisperSync, you can sync your Kindle and your Audible books. So 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 this option:
You can often get really good deals this way, too. If a book is one sale for a few bucks, the audiobook will also likely go down in price.
You can also use Amazon Matchmaker to see which of the Kindle books that you already own can be upgraded with the audiobook. And if you’re browsing for books, Amazon has an entire section dedicated to WhisperSync-enabled options:
4. Keep an Eye Out for Sales
Much like Kindle books, you can find some fantastic sales on Audible audiobooks. 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 the Daily Deal 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 might be 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 you can bet there are other great ways to save money coming up.
Speaking of which, don’t forget to grab two free books during your trial!
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 its customer service team to put your membership on hold, but some members report seeing the option when they try to cancel their membership.
6. Get Cash Back on Your Membership
If you haven’t signed up for Audible yet, you might be able to get cash back on your membership. There are numerous cashback sites that sometimes have offers for Audible memberships. Here’s one worth $12.50 from Pennyful:
Of course, not all cash back sites are worth using. But if you’ve had success with one, it might be 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. Listen to Audible Channels for Free
Audible Channels include original series and curated lists of audio stories — and you can listen to them for free with Prime.
To see what’s available in Channels, just download the Audible app and tap Channels.
There’s all sorts of cool stuff here: sci-fi, mystery, a series all about the dark web, true crime, and Jon Ronson’s series The Butterfly Effect are just some of the current options.
8. Get Free Audiobooks With Prime
Audible Channels also includes a series of free audiobooks that are exclusive for Amazon Prime members. To find them, go to the Channels section of the Audible app, then scroll down to the bottom. From there, tap Audiobook Collections.
Here, you’ll see collections of various types of audiobooks. At the time of writing, there are sci-fi classics, books read by celebrities, series starters, and a whole lot more.
9. Use Your Credits Before They Expire
While your credits don’t exactly expire, they do roll over from month to month — and there’s a limit to how many you can store. If you try to keep more than is allowed on your plan, you’ll lose your credits.
So take advantage of the fact that you don’t need to spend your credits right away. But also make sure not to wait too long!
Get the Most Out of Audible
Audiobooks are a great way to read more, and Audible is one of the best ways to get them. But if you’re paying full price and not taking advantage of all of these features, you’re not getting the most out of your subscription!
What are your favorite ways to get the most out of Audible? What tips and tricks do you have to share? Are there any tips we missed? Have you taken advantage of any we shared? What do you think of Audible overall? Please let us know in the comments below!
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