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How to Make a Good Audible Membership Plan

By Laura Barnes

August 31, 2017

As a regular audiobook reader, you might wonder how to get a preferable audible membership plan. In this article, you will get informed of these multiple membership options and devise a pleasant Audible membership plan for your need.


Part 1. Different Audible Membership Plans Introduction

1. A La Carte Plan

First see the default Audible Plan called A La Carte Plan. Each time you purchased an audiobook, the plan will charge your credit card for payment. But if you purchase subscription audiobooks service, you will be charged for the full subscription content since the subscription term begins.

2. Basic, Gold and Platinum Membership Plans

Most people adopt the AudibleListener Membership Plans including Basic, Gold and Platinum that will charge monthly or annually on the renewal date. The Basic Membership Plan charges your credit card for a yearly fee that will give members a discount purchase.

Both the Golden and Platinum Membership Plans employ independent monthly and annual schemes. First see the Gold membership plans. You can pay $14.95/month for the Gold Monthly Plan or $149.50/year for the Annual Plan. For Platinum Plans, it charges a higher member fee ($22.95/month and $229.50/year) but it instead offers higher credit and credit rollover limit. Normally you can get one credit each month in Gold but Platinum gives you two credits each month.


With Gold and Platinum Membership, you can get a 30% discount off extra audiobooks and do a volunteer audiobook exchange that will be beneficial for your audiobook purchase. Better still, you are allowed to visit the original Premium Podcasts in Channels and even share a free subscription service towards The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

3. Audible Channels

Channel service costs merely $4.95/month. Like Gold and Platinum Plans, you can get the visit access to those original Premium Podcasts in Channels as well as enjoy the complimentary subscription service. But it won't give you an additional credit. Nor credit rollover limit, nor discount purchase service, nor audiobooks exchanges activity.

Part 2. Intelligent Schemes to Save Money on Audible Membership Fee

1. Sign-up Access

If you haven't signed up an Audible account, there would be something you can take advantage of. First, you can sign up via Amazon as Audible now is an Amazon audiobook service. From this, you can enjoy a one-month membership free trial and start the subscription payment in the next month. Surprisingly, they will give you two credits as a member present so you have already got the purchase right of two audiobooks.

Note: You are able to use one credit to buy one audiobook. 

Audible Trial

Or you can sign up via shopping mortals or discount websites like Groupon or Swagbuck as sometimes they will additionally offer preferential policies for audiobooks. For example, Swagbuck provides you an Audible offer for $2 for 2 months, while Groupon provides three-month audiobook policy for $1.95/month.

2. Short-term Termination of Membership

This will do with the cases that you need more time to finish reading your audiobooks or to extend the expiration the charges. If you apply for it, Audible will allow you to suspend your membership for 90 days to help your audiobook reading. But pay attention that this practice is only valid once and you cannot receive new books in this period.

3. Affordable Audiobook Purchase Scheme

If you are a member and want to buy audiobooks at a lower price, you can have a look at this way. Go to "My Account" > "Cancel my Membership" and then choose "The membership fee was too expensive for me" on the popup window asking for the cancellation reason. Then you will be led to an offer page to continue our membership with a reduced subscription fee. Maybe it only charges $7.95/month for 3 months, but this depends on Audible's option.

Whispersync for Voice

4. Whispersync for Voice

Whispersync for Voice is newly promoted by Audible. Amazon has equipped many books with this function. That is, when you have either an audiobook or a Kindle ebook with the same title, the two versions will be matched and synced from where you stopped last time. Better still, if you buy one of them provided with Whispersync for Voice, Amazon will allow you to buy the other at an extremely low price.

This sounds good for those love audiobooks and ebook. But sometimes you may surprisingly find that the package fee in total is lower than either single original version. So sometimes you can have a look whether you can buy a more affordable audiobook from this combination package.

As Audible may have upgraded its membership plans or its preferential policy varies in different groups, sometimes you may receive different results. But these apply for most cases. Hope you can benefit from it.

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