Is Audible Free with Kindle Unlimited? Audible on Kindle 2020

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Audible with Kindle Unlimited

When it comes to Audiobooks and eBooks, Audible and Kindle are respectively the two go to services for most of the booklovers worldwide. Both of these service providers are owned by Amazon.

Audible provides Audiobooks service with over 400000 titles to choose from and Kindle provides its members access to over a million Kindle eBooks.

Both Kindle Unlimited and Audible are paid subscriptions. Interestingly, many users think that the Audible service is included with the Kindle Unlimited membership for free.

But, Is Audible Free with Kindle Unlimited?

Well, not exactly! Audible is not free with Kindle Unlimited. But, thousands of Audiobooks come free with Kindle Unlimited Membership and you can listen to them without being an Audible member!

However, these free Kindle Unlimited audiobooks are pre-decided by Kindle itself and Kindle Unlimited members have no control over the selection of the books. Hence, you may not get the Audiobook of your choice.

Alternatively, you can also take the 30-day Audible free trial and get one audiobook of your choice for free. You can cancel your membership anytime and you can keep your free audiobook for lifetime, even if you cancel your membership!

In this article, you will learn about how Audible works with Kindle, how to access the Free Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks, and some other Audible benefits for Kindle Unlimited members.

You will also get to know how a Kindle Unlimited member can get Audible audiobooks at a hefty discount (as high as 90%)!

So, let’s dive in…

How Does Audible Work With Kindle?

There are over 2000 Audible audiobooks that are available for the Kindle Unlimited members. These books under Audible Narration comes free with kindle unlimited membership.

But again, not all Kindle eBooks come with free Audible narration. There are more than 60,000 eBooks (and counting) that are available as Audible narration, but only over 2000 of them are free.

However, Kindle members can purchase these Audiobooks at a hefty discounted price.

So, how to scan your Kindle library to see which eBooks have Audible Narration?

You can simply visit this link on Amazon to scan your existing Kindle eBooks for Audible Narration. (Kindle Unlimited UK member can visit this link). Your Kindle library will automatically be scanned and upgrade options will be shown corresponding to each Kindle eBook.

If any Audiobook is not available for free, then the Whispersync Audible Upgrade price will also be shown. Here’s an example:

Audible Upgrade Price for Kindle
Credit: Amazon.com

You can notice here that the audiobook is available at a discount of 90%!

Find Kindle Books with Audible Narration

The method mentioned above will scan only those books that are there in your Kindle library. But, what about other eBooks? How to know if they have an Audible Narration upgrade or not?

There are two simple methods to check this:

  1. Visit the page ‘Books with Narration in Kindle Unlimited’ on Amazon and browse through the books. (Amazon UK members can check here)
  2. The other way is to look for a ‘headphone icon’ next to the Kindle Unlimited logo that shows up on the product detail page as shown in the screenshot below.
Kindle Unlimited Tag
Credit: Amazon.com

If the Kindle Unlimited Audiobook is not available for free you, then you may get an option to purchase it at a discounted price.

In the above example, you can see that the discounted Audible offer is available even when the book has free Audible narration.

Why is that so?

There’s a difference between reading it for free and purchasing it. When you purchase it, you can keep it forever. But if you are listening to it for free, you will only get to keep it till you have the corresponding Kindle eBook in your library.

The moment you return the Kindle eBook or cancel your Kindle Unlimited membership, your audiobooks will automatically disappear!

Free Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks

As discussed earlier, there are only about 60,000 Kindle eBooks that are available for Audible Narration upgrade. And out of those 60,000 titles, only over 2000 are free.

Here’s a list of some of the top-rated free Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks:

Can You Listen to Audiobooks on Kindle Paperwhite?

As of now, only Kindle Paperwhite (10th Gen) is compatible with Audiobooks service. So, if you have the 10th Gen Kindle Paperwhite, then yes, you can listen to free Kindle audiobooks on your device.

But, for the 5th Gen, 6th Gen, and 7th Gen Kindle Paperwhite, Audiobooks service is currently not supported!

So, it is clear that not all Kindle devices support Audible.

Here’s a list of some of the devices that are Audible compatible:

  • Kindle Paperwhite (10th Gen)
  • Kindle Oasis (9th Gen)
  • Kindle Oasis (8th Gen)
  • Kindle (8th Gen)
  • Kindle (1st & 2nd Gen)
  • Kindle Touch
  • Kindle Keyboard
  • Kindle DX
  • Kindle Fire (1st & 2nd Gen)
  • Kindle Fire HD (2nd & 3rd Gen)
  • Kindle Fire HDX (3rd Gen)
  • Fire HDX (4th Gen)

I hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any doubts or queries regarding the working of Audible with Kindle Unlimited, please share it in the comment section below. I would be glad to answer them as best as I can.

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