At this point if you were searching for an Audible 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?
Audible, an Amazon company, is the world’s most popular audiobook subscription service with over 100,000 audiobook titles and the majority of the audiobook market share.
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.
Basically this means that Amazon, which as you very likely know sells a popular eReader called Kindle, as a lot of incentive to promote Audible to all of their members.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you regularly peruse the book section on Amazon you’ve no doubt seen the advertising to join Audible (or purchase a Kindle for that matter!)
Audible is as big as it is for a reason, Amazon.
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 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 uses something called Audible Credits, and each Audible credit is worth 1 audiobook.
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 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.
Audible 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 app and you can’t cancel on your mobile phone and tablet unless you click “desktop version” and view it on there.
I would highly suggest you cancel your 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