How Does Audible Work With Amazon Prime in 2019? Is it FREE?

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There seems to be a lot of confusion among Amazon users regarding how audible works with Amazon Prime. Some users think that Audible is free for Prime members.

But, is Audible free with Amazon prime?

Well, not really! Audible is not free with Amazon Prime. Though there are a certain number of selected audiobooks that are free for Prime members, Audible membership is still not free!

However, there are some special occasions like Amazon Prime Day, when the Audible membership is available at a hefty discount for Prime members. 

Besides, Prime members also have some other Audible benefits (discussed later in this article) that they can enjoy for free.

In this article, you will get to know about how Audible works with Amazon prime, Audible benefits for Prime members and how you can get a discounted Audible membership as an Amazon Prime member.

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 offerHere’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!

How does Audible work with Amazon Prime?

If you are an existing Prime member, you just have to download the Audible app and log in using your Amazon account to enjoy the Audible Amazon Prime benefits for free.

As stated earlier, Audible is not included in Amazon Prime membership for free, but works as a different service.

However, there are two key Audible benefits that an Amazon Prime member can enjoy without Audible subscription.

  1. Audible Channels
  2. About 50 selected free audiobooks

Let’s see what these benefits are and how it works…

Audible Channels

Under Audible Channels, Prime members have free access to Audible’s short-form audio programs, documentaries, serialized dramas, comedy shows, as well as a selection of exclusive ad-free podcasts. Members can enjoy unlimited listening to Audible Original series like Gamebreaker with Keith Olbermann, Days that Changed the World, etc.

In addition to the Audio shows, Channels also includes access to audio versions of articles from major publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc.

With the Audible app, you can listen to Audible channel contents whenever you want. You can always pick up an audio show or newspaper where you left off.

Besides, you can also download the channel contents to the Audible app for later listening without the internet for free.

How to Access Audible Channels?

To access Audible Channels in Audible Android App, first, click on the menu icon on the upper left corner of the home screen. (The menu displayed may be different in iOS devices)

Audible App Menu Option on Home Screen

Now, click on ‘Channels for Prime’ option.

Channels for Prime on Audible App

You can now browse the Shows you are looking for and start listening!

Channels for Prime Home Page

Please Note that ‘Channels for Prime’ option won’t show up if you are an existing Audible member! Instead, you will see ‘Originals’ as shown below, which has a collection of Audible Originals and are different from Audible channels.

Audible Members Have Audible Originals Options

To access Audible Channels on desktop site, Log in to your Audible account and then hover or click on ‘Browse’ menu. From the drop-down menu, choose ‘Audio Shows’ as shown below:

Audible Browse Menu Updated

All the Audible Channel contents are available on this page. You can now browse the Shows you are looking for and start listening!

Audio Shows on Audible Channels

Selected free audiobooks

Amazon Prime members have access to a rotating selection of more than 50 audiobooks. You can listen to any number of books from those selected 50+ audiobooks.

However, unlike Audible Channels’ contents, you cannot download those free audiobooks on your Audible app. If you want to listen to them, you will have to do it by streaming online.

Besides, the free audiobooks are decided by Audible itself, and you will have no control over which book is to be selected. So, if you are very particular about your choice of books, you may not find the audiobook of your interest.

To check out the available free audiobooks for Prime members, just go to the ‘Channels for Prime’ page on Audible App and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on ‘Audiobook Collection’ as shown below.

Free Audiobook Collection for Amazon Prime Members

You will land on the page showing different categories of books and each of the audiobooks under these categories are free!

Free Audiobooks Collection Home Screen

Choose a category and press the play button to start listening to any book in that category!

Play option for a book from a free category for Prime members

Currently, there are 57 audiobooks that are available for Prime members for free. You can Check the list of Free Audible books here.

As mentioned earlier, you may not like the free audiobooks if you are very particular about your choice of books. In that case, you can try some other alternatives. Here’s what you can do.

  • First, if you have not already taken the 30-day free trial for Audible membership, you should take it and get the 1 free audiobook of your choice and 2 Audible Originals audiobooks for free.
  • If you have already taken the free trial, then you can refer to this article on Audible money saving tips, where you will get to know about 27 hidden tips & tricks to save money on Audible. And yes, there are also tricks to get free Audiobooks of your choice.

Discounted Audible Subscription for Amazon Prime Members

If you are an Amazon Prime member, then you may already know about Amazon Prime Day, which is held around mid-July every year. It is Amazon’s biggest annual shopping event exclusively for Prime members.

If you aren’t already a Prime member, you can take the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial and take advantage of deals that arise before or on Prime Day.

During Amazon Prime Day, Amazon usually offers a huge discount on Audible membership for the Prime members.

For example, in 2017, the offer was to get Audible membership for 6 months at just $8.95/month (originally $14.95/month).

Similarly, in 2018 and 2019, the offer was to get Audible membership for just $4.95 per month for 3 months!

Once you have completed your offer period, your subscription will renew at $14.95 per month if you do not cancel it. If you decide that the service isn’t worth it, you can easily cancel Audible subscription whenever you want.

I hope this article on how Audible works with Amazon Prime was helpful for you. If you have any doubts regarding the contents of this article, please share it in the comment section below. I would be glad to answer them as best as I can.

16 thoughts on “How Does Audible Work With Amazon Prime in 2019? Is it FREE?”

  1. I want to find the free audio book list through our Prime account. I can’t find what you mention. I am using my fire tablet which came with the Prime Video which is white with blue and black print and the Audible app which is orange and showing a book. Are you using a different app?

    1. Hi Lynsta.
      I don’t know about the working of Audible app on the Fire Tablet. But in the android and iOS phones, you can browse these free audiobooks using the method explained above.
      Besides, the method mentioned above is for Amazon.com and Audible.com accounts. This might be different for other regional Audible and Amazon services.

  2. I’m sorry, I’m still not clear, can you use Audible to download audio books and listen to them? Even is your purchased the audio book somewhere else?

    1. Subodh Sharma

      No, Allen. It doesn’t work like that.
      Through Audible, you can listen to audiobooks purchased from Audible’s official website and Amazon only.

  3. I am a Prime member and I downloaded the Audible app, but I don’t see the “channels for prime” option.

    1. Subodh Sharma

      Hi Natalie. The method mentioned in this article is based on Audible.com account.
      If you are using any other country specific Audible account like Audible.co.uk, Audible.ca, etc, then this method method may not work for you. Please contact your regional Audible customer care to confirm the availability of this service.

  4. If you are already a member of both Audible and Amazon Prime and the Prime day comes around can you get your current membership amount reduced or are you forever at the original amount or higher as rates go up?

    1. Subodh Sharma

      I’m not really sure, Robin. But you can wait till Prime day (It’s on 15th & 16th July this year) and see if you get your current membership amount reduced. If not, you can cancel your membership and restart it with the Amazon Prime Day offer. But before you cancel your membership, please make sure you do not have any unused credits in your Audible account. You will lose them. Better you use them first.

  5. My research did not explain it well, so THANK YOU for finally clearing this up and for the list of actual “free” audiobooks through Prime.

  6. I am confused . So the amazon prime membership does not give free access to the “free” audiobooks? I don’t believe I signed up for a membership plan. But you will charge me $14.95 monthly to listen to the “free” audiobooks? I that case I better unsubscribe asap!

    1. Subodh Sharma

      That is not how it works, Saundra. Sorry that you got confused by this article.
      Let me make it clear that you DON’T HAVE TO SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIBLE MEMBERSHIP TO LISTEN TO THE “FREE” AUDIOBOOKS. You just have to be an Amazon Prime member. That’s it.
      I have explained the method to access free audiobooks in the article above. Please go through it.
      And don’t worry, you won’t be charged $14.95 until you subscribe to Audible membership.

      1. I am currently an Amazon prime member. I was looking to see if Amazon had any specials for Audible yearly payments instead of monthly payments and if so what are the advantages of paying yearly.
        Thank you

        1. Hi Mindy!
          Yes, Amazon is offering the annual plan at just $119.5/year instead of the regular $149.50/year for the Prime members. This offer is valid till 31st July, 2019!
          The obvious advantage is the Price which is considerably lower for the Annual plan (At least now that the annual subscription is available at $119.50 ). If you listen to audiobooks more often. You may go for Annual subscription.

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