Here’s how to make the most of your Audible membership
Have you recently subscribed to an Audible membership plan? Or are you considering a subscription but want to be sure it’s getting good bang for your buck?
Audible is a great way to listen to books when you commute, meditate, or whenever you can’t grab a book. In addition to books, there are also thousands of podcasts and documentaries. While your membership plan is a significant upgrade, many don’t know how to maximize their investment in this platform.
In this article, we share seven tips and hacks to help you get the most out of your Audible membership.
What are the available Audible membership plans?
For starters, there are two membership plans at Audible.
The Audible Plus: Here you can listen to a selection of originals, audio books, sleep tracks, meditation programs and podcasts. You get a 30-day free trial and then pay $7.95 per month.
The Audible Premium Plus: In this plan, you get all the features listed in Plus, along with one free title per month of bestsellers and new releases. You also get a 30-day free trial and pay $14.95 per month after that.
7 tips and tricks for your Audible member account
Well, once you’ve settled on the right plan for your needs, here are some tricks to consider when getting an Audible account;
1. Focus on Audible Plus content
You want to start enjoying the benefits of your account, especially if you’re using a free trial. So instead of looking through the free titles first, we recommend going for titles in the Plus catalog.
These options are only available on your plan, and you can get a range of books, podcasts, originals, sleep titles, and more.
2. Use the sleep collection
If you have trouble sleeping at night, we strongly recommend you to use the sleep titles. Many Audible users focus on the books and podcasts they don’t use for options to improve their sleep quality.
You have options ranging from meditation sounds, bedtime stories, soundscapes, ASMR, and more. With the Soundscapes you can listen to the sounds of nature from the Atlantic and other treasures.
If you’d rather have someone else to listen to, there are several soothing voices from meditation experts to guide you to sleep.
3. Sync with Alexa
It happens so often that you are cleaning, working at home or even driving. Instead of using your headphones, which might be limiting, sync your account with Alexa for hands-free use. It’s also great if you want to get a good night’s sleep with the help of the sleep collection. You can simply pair your Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices to enjoy stories or sounds
To get started, just launch the voice command – “Alexa, play Audible.” If you have specific titles or want to continue with a title you’ve read previously, try some of these commands.
4. Pause your membership
Let’s face it, there are some weeks or months when you won’t be using your Audible account that much. Instead of letting your subscription and balance run, you can actually let your membership rest.
While you won’t be able to access Audible Plus titles during this time frame, it’s a great way to save on costs, especially if you’re not around.
To pause your membership, just follow these steps
- Login to your account
- Visit your account details
- Tap Pause Membership.
If you don’t see this option, it means you can’t pause your membership yourself. Just contact customer support and they will help you out.
5. Return the books you don’t like
What happens if you buy a book you don’t like? Well, you can either exchange them or return them! Instead of leaving it on your list for years, get a title that you really like.
To do this, simply go to your purchase history, tap the book, and then tap Return This Title.
The only limitation here is that you must do so within 365 days of the original purchase. So we strongly recommend browsing the items you have now.
6. Pay attention to the sales season
If you’ve ever shopped on Amazon, you know that sometimes you can get items at ridiculously cheap prices. Well, that goes for Audible too.
Audible has three types of offers that you can take advantage of. The daily offers, monthly offers and occasional special offers.
So if you have a favorite book in mind, we encourage you to regularly review the offering options. If you can’t do this manually, you can sign up to receive daily emails about available offers. You might save a fortune.
7. Use the offline function
Since Audible was designed for listening on the go, using the offline feature on a train or without internet coverage can be very convenient. So if you buy a book as a member, you can listen to it offline. Download the mobile app and enjoy this feature for free.
And that brings us to the end of our list. Do you have any other Audible tips and tricks you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends who love listening to audiobooks and podcasts.