Audible Free Trial: Don’t Sign Up Before You Know These 7 Things!
An Audible free trial is given to every new member who signs up with Audible for the first time.
But, not everyone knows about the hidden benefits that they can enjoy even during their trial period. Nor are they aware of the drawbacks that may actually disappoint them at the end of the free trial.
In this article, you will learn about 7 important things that you should be aware of before you sign up for the Audible free trial.
Some of them are to give you heads up for certain drawbacks so that you don’t get disappointed or frustrated later, while others are some special offers and tricks (like, 2 free audiobooks of your choice) that will help you get the best out of the free trial membership.
So, let’s dive in…
TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES (November, 2019)
Update 1 : Currently, Amazon is offering Audible membership at just $6.95/month instead of $14.95/month to new Audible members on first 3 months. This is a limited-time offer. Here’s the link to this offer page.
Update 2: Amazon is also offering 3 Free Audiobooks to new Audible members (Those who haven’t taken the free trial before) during the free trial. You will get 1 Audiobook of your choice and 2 from the Audible Originals! You can keep those books for lifetime, even if you cancel your trial membership!
Here’s the link to the free trial offer page!
What is Audible?
Audible is a producer and seller of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet.
It is a subsidiary of Amazon and the world’s largest producer of digital audiobooks with over 400,000 top audiobooks, podcasts, radio and TV programs, and audio subscriptions to popular magazines and newspapers.
How Does Audible Free Trial Work?
Audible Free Trial works just like most other Amazon’s subscription-based services where you get to try the service for a period of 30 days. Basically, the purpose of the free trial is to give new users the freedom to explore Audible’s services without having to worry about paying anything at all.
So, even if you don’t like its services, or if you feel that Audible won’t work for you, then you can cancel Audible anytime and you don’t lose any money.
When you start using Audible for the first time, you will get an offer to use Audible free for a period of one month. You get 1 credit to start with. You can choose any audiobook of your choice.
Besides, you also get 2 Audible Originals Audiobooks, found exclusively on Audible only!
All these audiobooks will be yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your membership.
7 Things to know before signing up for Audible Free Trial
1. Get your free titles before your Audible free trial ends
Once you start your free trial, you will have 30 days to use your Audible Originals’ credits if you do not wish to continue with the membership.
Many new users who signs up for the first time, use their 1 credit to get their first Audiobook of their choice, but forgets about the Audible Originals. You should avoid doing such mistake as there are some really good titles in the Audible Originals library.
2. You can keep your Audible books for lifetime
One of the many doubts among the new Audible members is whether they will have access to the Audible audiobooks after the trial period or not. (If they don’t renew the membership)
Well, once you purchase an audiobook on Audible, it is yours to keep forever and you can access it whenever you want, even if you no longer have an Audible membership.
Just log in to your Audible account on Audible app or website, go to the library section and then start listening!
3. Trick to get 2nd Free Audiobook of your choice
Audible has an option to send one audiobook from a member’s library to any other Audible user for free. If you have never accepted a book from anyone on Audible through this method before, you can use it to get a free book.
It is basically your second free audiobook from Audible (Fourth, if you include Audible Originals)!
This option is available even for the free trial members. Most of the free trial members miss their second book simply because they are unaware of this trick.
But you are at the right place and I will make sure that you get the best out of your Audible membership.
The trick to getting your 2nd free audiobook is explained here.
4. You can exchange Audible books even during free trial
Audible has a Great Listen Guarantee policy. Which means if for any reason you are not happy with the audible book you purchased, you can simply return it and exchange it with a different book even if you have already listened to the entire audiobook!
However, you should avoid abusing this policy. You should return or exchange Audible books only if you did not actually like it or purchased it by mistake.
You can easily exchange 3 to 4 books without any restriction and without contacting customer care. After that, you can exchange only after you contact customer care executive and give a satisfactory reason for making the exchange.
You can read Audible’s return policy and how you can exchange Audible books here.
5. After Audible Free Trial ends, you will be charged without prior notice!
One of the reasons why some of the new Audible members get disappointed with Audible’s service is because Audible automatically starts your paid membership after the free trial.
It won’t even notify you before charging your card!
So, if you do not wish to continue with the membership, you must cancel it before the Audible free trial ending deadline to avoid your card from getting charged.
6. You can cancel membership from Audible desktop site ONLY
Mobile users often face this problem when they want to cancel their membership. Currently, there is no option to cancel Audible membership from the Audible App! You can cancel only from Audible desktop site.
However, it does not mean that you cannot cancel your membership from mobile. You can cancel it from mobile too. But if you are unaware of how you can access Audible’s desktop site from the mobile browser, it may be a little frustrating.
So, how to access Audible desktop site on mobile?
Well, it is quite simple. Just go to Audible’s website from your mobile browser and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a link for ‘full site’ as shown below. Click on it and you will be redirected to Audible’s desktop site.
You can check the article on how to cancel Audible, for the illustrated guide to cancel your membership.
7. Get 50% off for 3 months after Audible Free Trial
The basic reason why many users cancel their Audible membership within their free trial period is because they find Audible very expensive.
However, not many users know that they can actually get 50% off for the next 3 months using a simple trick.
So, if $7.49 per month is okay with you, you can avail this offer and plan your membership accordingly. The trick to getting this offer is explained here.
Audible Free Trial Review
Currently, with the Audible Free Trial, you get a free audiobook of your choice (2 if you use trick mentioned above), 2 free audible originals, full premium membership benefits like 30% off on all Audible purchase, hassle-free book exchange, etc. And all this for absolutely no cost!
The only drawback as I mentioned above is that Audible does not give you any reminder before charging your debit or credit card at the end of the free trial.
That, however, can be avoided by simply being a little mindful of the renewal date. You can set a reminder on your device yourself.
Or if you are sure that you won’t use Audible after the free trial, then you may consider canceling as soon as you get your free audiobook and 2 Audible originals. That way you don’t have to worry about being charged against your will.
You can restart your paid membership again whenever you want. There is no restriction on that. But keep in mind that you will not get Audible free trial again.