9 Audible Insider Tips to Get the Most Out of It
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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 many listeners. (If you’re not a fan of the format, one of these audiobooks 10 Amazing Audiobooks for People Who Hate Audiobooks 10 Amazing Audiobooks for People Who Hate Audiobooks If you're not usually a fan of audiobooks, there are some amazing audiobooks out there that will appeal to even the most fervent audiobook hater. Read More 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 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 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.

audible pro tips purchase history

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. 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:

audible pro tips audible narration

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:

audible pro tips whispersync

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.

audible pro tips daily deals

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 pro tips wish list

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.

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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:

audible pro tips membership cash back

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.

audible pro tips prime 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.

audible pro tips 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.

audible pro tips rollover 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 Getting Started with Audiobooks: How to Finally Finish Your "Reading List" Getting Started with Audiobooks: How to Finally Finish Your "Reading List" Audiobooks are a good way to tackle your reading list, but it can be difficult to get started with them. Let's make it simple. 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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  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! .