Wanting to learn all about an Amazon Audible Membership? Here is everything that you need to know + some great tips and suggestions, too! No matter if you’re using this for yourself or your children, there are options for everyone in the family.
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Now that the school year is back in session my afternoon schedule as a mom becomes a bit more packed. I will be picking up my children from school, driving them over to soccer practice and gymnastics. At gymnastics, I often have a lot of down time, while still liking the ability to watch my girls tumble, dance, and see their smiles. An audiobook is perfect for my car ride and especially for when I am out waiting for their class to be done.
What is Audible?
It’s an online option to have thousands of books right at your fingertips. No more lugging around giant books or finding space for them when you’re going on vacation. All you have to do is get an audible membership and download your books straight to your device.
Benefits of an Audible Subscription
- Each month, you get 1 book credit for a membership fee of $14.95. You can purchase any book in the audible store using that credit and I’d urge you to choose a book that is worth more than your subscription fee of $14.95 so that you will receive the full benefit of your audible subscription. There are other subscription plans that include more books. You will find out more about this later in the post.
- You also get a 30% discount on other audiobook purchases that you make. This is great if you want to purchase another audiobook during a particular month but don’t want a 2 book recurring fee.
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Try a 30 Day Free Trial of Audible and get 2 free books. Or for your book lovers, give a gift membership to a friend.
How to make sure you do not get charged for a subscription after your free trial
We all know that often times, we are given a free subscription in exchange for a possible paid membership in the future. That means that companies often automatically put you in the regular subscription unless you cancel this. To make sure that you are not charged after your free trial you can go to this section in your account and cancel your subscription.
If I am weary about subscriptions, I often uncheck the subscription or cancel any pending subscriptions the minute I start the free trial. This ensures that I don’t forget about it later when it is time to renew the subscription. I can then go in and change my subscription settings if I love it and want to carry on the subscription.
Do you get to keep your Audible Audiobooks when you cancel your subscription?
Yes. As long as you used up a credit on the book, that book belongs to you. Your credits DO expire though so make sure to use every single one of them.
Can you listen to Audible Books on Alexa?
Alexa also supports Whispersync for Voice, which keeps track of the current playback position in the audiobook. You can start listening to an audiobook on your Alexa device and pick up where you left off by reading (or listening to) the same title on another compatible Amazon device or app.
You can purchase audible books on your mobile device too. Just go to audible.com and purchase the book. It will automatically open the app.
All purchased books are under the cloud.
All purchased books that are downloaded to your app are under the device. Items that you’ve synced to iTunes are under iTunes
Alexa commands for Audiobooks:
- To listen to a book say, “Alexa, read the book [title].”
- To pause the audiobook say, “Alexa, pause.”
- To continue listening to your most recent book say, “Alexa, resume my book.”
- To go back or forward in the audiobook say, “Alexa go back/forward”
- To go to the next chapter say “Alexa, go to the next chapter.”
- To set/cancel a sleep timer say, “Alexa, set a sleep timer for [x] hours or [x] minutes.” or “Alexa, stop reading the book in [x] minutes.
How to Listen to Your Audible Books
To listen to a book you tap the title and download it to your device. You can start listening immediately. There are pray, pause, rewind, bookmark and you can leave a personal note anywhere in the video. Under the play/pause button, there is a section that says chapters: this is where you can find easy access to different chapters as well as where you will find your notes.
A typical audiobook costs between 15-30 dollars. With an audible subscription (that is $14.95 a month) you get that book for the subscription price.
Audible for Prime Members
Wondering how much is audible? There are different subscription plans based on how many books you plan to read.
Secret Silver Plan – $14.95 – 1 credit every 2 months.
Credit rollover limit: Make sure to download your credits every month or at the least every 5 months because the maximum rollover credits are 5 credits on a gold plan.
Audible wants to retain their customers so if you do plan to leave.. cancel and let a customer service rep know. They often offer a short discounted extension to your membership for 50% off.
Great listen guarantee
If you listen to a book and don’t like it.. you can return it within one year with no questions asked. But please only do this truly if you do not like the book. Remember that this return affects the author of the book rather than Audible.
What are the benefits of an Audible Membership?
To make your audible subscription worth it, it’s always better to only use your credit for books that are sold for more than $15. Some books, like this one, can be purchased for less than a dollar, like this kid’s book series. You can also sometimes get the kindle + audiobook combination cheaper too…
For example: some books can be purchased for $2 on the Kindle store and adding an audible audiobook to it (using the checkmark under the kindle version) is $9. In this case, I would purchase the kindle + audible version on Amazon. You are basically getting the Kindle AND audiobook version for $12. While this may not happen often, it is something to look out for to make it worthwhile.
Learn how to download audible books
Downloading your books is as easy as following the prompts as they’re on your screen. It’s not hard to download and takes no time at all.
Books that make it worth it:
The Ramona Quimby Series – The kindle book price is 2 times the audiobook price. The audiobook out of the Audible program costs almost 3 x more!
How to use Audible
You download the book and then load it up to have the reading start. It’s really as simple as that!
Good times to listen to audiobooks for moms/adults:
- When you are cleaning the house
- Getting school lunches ready
- During quiet time
- In the car.
- While folding laundry.
- When you are exercising.
- In bed at night with your husband, while you snuggle up.
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