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Audible Review: When Reading Doesn’t Cut it, You Listen To Your Book

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Audible Review: When Reading Doesn’t Cut it, You Listen To Your Book

Audible has dominated the Audio-book market for a while now, but is the app really worth it if you haven’t made the switch to this form of consuming books? Audible has the largest number of audiobook collection, but the lack of credits to purchase many at any given time may frustrate you. However, it’s a great option if your aim is to build a collection of books that you frequently return to in the long run.

The basic plan costs $14.95 a month for one credit that you can exchange for an audiobook. What makes this interesting is the wide variety of books you can choose from a well-thought-of app interface. It’s the best option in this price range if you consume one or two audiobooks a month.

Membership Plans

$14.95 for one credit a month is the basic plan but for $11.48 per credit you can get two of them in a month.

If you are impatient like me, you can always opt for Audible’s Annual Plan where you get access to 12 or 24 annual credits right away. This will incur a greater cost upfront but personally, if you are a frequent listener, this option provides freedom from the anxiety of scouring Audibles each month for the best deal, and getting to choose only one or two books with the risk that they might not end up being the perfect choices.

Here’s a look at all their plans:

Plan Cost # of Credits
Gold Monthly $14.95 per month 1 per month
Platinum Monthly $22.95 per month 2 per month
Gold Annual $149.50 per year 12 per year
Platinum Annual $229.50 per year 24 per year
Audible Channels Plan $4.95 per month No credits

 

The site offers a one month free-trial, with a relatively easy cancellation process, so you can try out the service without spending anything upfront.

Keep what you buy

While most audiobook subscriptions let you access your purchases only, Audible allows the books you purchased to be downloaded or played with the app even after the subscription expires. This may not sound important starting out but in the long run this rare gesture might mean a lot.

Library and store

Many factors bring users to a digital book store but the returning factor is the availability of books. This is one of the biggest reasons behind the success of Audible; they have audio versions of most popular titles published recently. This is a factor that some users might prefer over low cost access to books. Audible is known for exclusive content and all of that with superb sound quality.

Ease of use

Audible’s app is neatly organized and easy to navigate. The text on the app is easy on the eyes as well. Audible’s settings such as adjusting the sleep timer or variable playback speed are easy to customize for your specific liking. Overall, it’s an easy to use app that you’ll love listening books on.

Limitation on book sharing

The app and website make sure your content is synced across devices and Audible’s Digital Right Management (DRM) limits the number of devices you can use to play or share audiobooks to. Audible allows you to share books you have downloaded with your family but they need an Amazon account to register as members of your household with the site.

Help and support

Any digital subscription must handle the problem of having a good return policy. Ideally, the service must allow you to return the merchandise in the case of accidental buying or lack of satisfaction with the product. Audible tackles this with its contract with the users that it calls “Good Listening Guarantee,” which allows you to return an audiobook if you don’t enjoy it. Most platforms for audiobooks allow unlimited access so they don’t have to face this issue but Audible’s Good listening Guarantee can help alleviate buyer’s remorse and purchase anxiety.

The service has a 24/7 customer service, and there are multiple ways you can avail that customer service including phone, email, and live chat on the website. They also have an extensive FAQ section with a search function apart from the forums that you can use in case of any difficulty. Overall this is definitely the best customer support in the audiobook market sector.

Bottomline

Audible is the best option for you if you want quality audiobooks and your rate of consumption is one or two books per month. With the biggest library to choose from and a combination of customer support and policies that keeps you coming back to avail the service, you just can’t go wrong with Audible when reading just doesn’t cut it and you want to listen to your books!

Specifications

Compatible Devices iOS Universal
Version Off App 2.32
Version Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Size 76.8 MB
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Genre Books

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