Audiobooks make fantastic gifts. They can transport your friends and loved ones to a faraway place, teach them something new, or make a long commute less boring. This makes audiobooks a fitting gift for any book lover.
Figuring out how to give an audiobook as a gift, however, isn’t always so obvious. And some companies don’t make it easy at all. Thankfully, we’re here to help. And just in time for the holidays too.
Let’s take a look at how to give an audiobooks as a gift to someone you love using some of the most popular audiobook services around.
Amazon’s audiobooks are handled by Audible. So if you want a digital version of an audiobook, you’ll need to go through Audible (which, as we’ll see in a moment, doesn’t let you gift individual audiobooks).
You can still buy audiobooks on CD, though. And you can have them gift-wrapped and sent to your loved one if you’d like. If your recipient wants their audiobook in a digital format, once they have the CD they ca technically do what they want with it.
Although Audible doesn’t allow you to gift single audiobooks any more, you can still give a gift subscription. Head to the Audible Gift Center (just click the link or scroll to the bottom of the Audible homepage) and you’ll see subscription options.
There are three-, six-, and 12-month subscriptions available for $45, $90, and $150, respectively.
What will your recipient get with this subscription? If they’re not currently an Audible subscriber, they’ll get one free book per month, along with discounts on other books. (Considering that many audiobooks are priced at over $20, that’s a good deal.)
If they already subscribe to Audible, they’ll get all of the credits immediately. That means they’ll get three, six, or 12 free audiobooks that they can redeem right away.
Audible isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best services out there. And if the book lover in your life can take full advantage of Audible, they’ll get more than your money’s worth!
Like Audible, Audiobooks.com doesn’t let you gift individual books. But there are a number of gift options, including one-, three-, six-, and 12-month plans ranging from $14.95 to $149.40. Check out the Audiobooks.com Gift Center to choose one.
With prices comparable to Audible, this is a similarly viable option, especially if you’d rather stay away from Amazon. And if you know that the audiobook fan you’re buying for already listens via Audiobooks.com, it’s a good way to go.
You may not have heard of AudiobooksNow, but it’s one of the best ways to give an audiobook as a gift. You can easily give single books as gifts by finding the book you’re looking for and clicking Give as Gift below the Add to Cart button.
But you can also give a membership to the Club Pricing Plan, which gives members 50 percent off of their first book each month and 35–40 percent off of books after that. There are no credits for free books like in other plans, but there’s still the potential for a lot of savings.
Go to the AudiobooksNow Gift Center to get started. A membership is usually $5/month, but you can buy 12 months’ worth as a gift for $35.99. And you can even give an audiobook gift certificate so your recipient can choose their favorite book, saving you from having to pick a particular title for them.
Unfortunately, Downpour doesn’t have any gifting options available. However, because their books are DRM-free, you can simply buy one yourself and send it to your gift recipient.
They can then use their audiobook app of choice to listen to it as they would do with an audiobook they purchased themselves.
6. Apple iTunes
If you’re looking to gift a single audiobook, and your recipient has an Apple device, this is your best bet. There’s no subscription option, and it only take a few clicks to buy an audiobook as a gift.
Open up iTunes and switch over to the Audiobooks section.
Click Store in the top menu, search for the book you want, then click the arrow next to the Buy Audiobook button. Select Gift this Audiobook.
Then just follow the instructions from there.
In addition to supporting independent bookstores, which is awesome, Libro.fm makes it easy to gift individual books. No subscription necessary.
Just search for the book you want, and when you find it, click Gift this Audiobook. Follow the subsequent instructions.
Be sure to choose your favorite independent bookstore before you buy the book so they get credit for your purchase!
Like Audible, Scribd is a popular subscription service that lets readers access one audiobook/month in addition to three ebooks. This combination makes sure Scribd is great value.
The standard subscription fee is $8.99/month, but you can buy a gift subscription for $25 (for three months), $50 (for six months), or $100 (for one year).
Just head to the Scribd gift page to get started.
Why You Should Give the Gift of Audiobooks This Year
Whether your gift recipient is a long-time fan of audiobooks or just starting to explore the medium, giving them either an individual book or a subscription as a gift is a perfect way to support their hobby.
And if you think you know someone who might be interested in audiobooks, but haven’t taken the plunge yet, try gifting them one of these awesome audiobooks for people who don’t like audiobooks. They really are some of the best audiobooks available.
Will you be giving audiobooks as gifts this year? Which titles will you be giving? And which service will you be making use of? If you’re a fan of audiobooks yourself, what’s on your wishlist right now? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!