Last updated on August 7th, 2018 at 02:29 am
At this point, if you were searching for an Audible.com review the service itself probably need no introduction. However, we will assume nothing here and explain Audible, its cost, features, upsides, and downsides to make sure everyone is on the same page (pun intended?)
Without further ado, let’s get started!
What Is Audible.com?
What does this mean? This means that Audible’s close association with Amazon, the world’s largest bookstore, gives them access to Amazon’s deep library of titles. Furthermore, the cross-marketing opportunities are much larger for a company associated with Amazon than one without.
Amazon handles millions of purchases per month and has done so for years, knowing the in’s and out’s of their customers. They know how and when to push a certain product to a certain person and this is why the deal makes so much sense.
Ultimately this means that Amazon, which as you all very likely know sells a popular eReader called Amazon Kindle, as a lot of incentive to promote Audible to all of their members and in turn, the subscription fees from Audible.com’s service helps push more product.
It’s a perfect match, really.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you regularly peruse the book section on Amazon.com you’ve no doubt seen the advertising to join Audible.com (or purchase a Kindle for that matter!)
Audible.com is as big as it is for a reason, Amazon, but is bigger truly better? Does having more titles and a close association with a trusted brand (Amazon) really matter?
This really depends on how you determine value in the first place.
That’s not to say that the service doesn’t warrant their size, but as you’ll soon see there is a far better option for most people. Especially those that listen to more than 1 book per month.
Audible Pricing Plans: How Much Does It Cost?
Right off the bat let’s get this out of the way. Audible.com isn’t cheap. Actually, it might seem inexpensive until you realize what you get for the money and then it’s likely to become clear that you’re probably better off buying audiobooks a la carte.
Audible Gold Plan: $14.95/mo
Audible Platinum Plan: $22.95/mo
Let’s start from the top with the Gold Plan. For $14.95/mo you get 1 Audible credit redeemable for exactly one book per month.
For that that don’t know what a credit is, Audible.com uses something called Audible Credits, and each credit is worth 1 audiobook.
1 book? That’s terrible. You could just buy a book for that price at a normal bookstore, and if you wanted an audiobook, as you’ll see there are far better options with Scribd.
For the basic plan, there are no discounts, or crazy promotions other than a free 30-day subscription to start. This means that when you sign up for Audible.com you have the opportunity to get your first book free.
“What if I want more books?” you might say.
That’s an easy solution, my friend, you just step up to the Platinum Plan and pay more!
It’s really as bad as it sounds. “Want more books? Just give us more money!”
I get it. I really do. It’s a business.
Audible.com is not so much a subscription service as it is a place to exchange money for credits which in turn allow you to purchase audiobooks. You know, kind of like buying a book on Amazon. Actually, I’d say it’s exactly like purchasing books on Amazon minus the super tiny discount you get for bumping up the Platinum Plan.
If you want to step up to a whopping 2 books per month you can opt for the Platinum Plan which gives you a slight discount at $22.95 per month.
“What if I want more than 2 books per month?” you now wonder.
Sorry bub, there’s no option buy more credits or more audiobooks!
I don’t know about you but that is infuriating.
I’m a big audiobook listener and I can quite easily listen to 2 books per week. When the average audiobook is only 10 hours long, that’s 20 hours of audiobook listening for $22.95 – or right around $1/hour. What if I want more books? Why is this frustrating service stalling me out and making me wait to get more books? Don’t they want my money?
You’d think so, right?
If you read my review on why I switched to Scribd, you’ll understand why. Scribd offers unlimited audiobooks for $8.99/mo, about the half the price of Audible’s Gold Plan!
Scribd is about 50% cheaper and I get unlimited books. I can sign up and get the first month free and then after that I’m billed around $9. OK. That’s like the price of 1 book on Amazon. Actually, that’s a good bit cheaper for some of the first-run stuff and new releases, right?
Exactly. If you read or listen to a lot of books it’s just smarter to use Scribd right now. Maybe it won’t always be that way. There may come a time that Scribd gets greedy and raises their rates or limits the number of audiobooks you can listen to. Who knows? But for now, I’d take advantage of it.
How To Cancel Audible
Quite honestly I didn’t write this review to push people towards Audible. It’s just not a good service. I would much rather everyone wise up and see the value that Scribd is offering and snap that deal up.
So, let’s just get down to it – let’s cancel the Audible subscription and switch to Scribd! I must warn you, though, Audible/Amazon doesn’t make this easy. They don’t just want you walking away. They want your money and the don’t want to make it push-button simple, they want you to really have to think about it.
Scratch that, they want you to jump through so many hoops that you just give up! That’s not very nice is it?
In order to cancel your Audible subscription, you need to be using the desktop version of their site. This means that you can’t cancel through the Audible smartphone app and you can’t cancel on your mobile phone and tablet unless you click “desktop version” and view it on there.
If you’re going to cancel your subscription, I would highly suggest you cancel your Audible account using a laptop computer or a PC, just to be sure you’re doing it right.
- Log in to your Audible account
- Go to the Account Details section
- Scroll to the bottom and click on the “Cancel Membership” link (see: image below)
- Follow the instructions