How does Audible work with Amazon Prime 2021? Is It Free?
A lot has changed with Audible and its subscription plans over the last few months. And these changes can also be noticed in how Audible works with Amazon Prime.
In August 2020, Audible introduced a new membership plan – Audible Plus and renamed its Gold & Platinum membership plans as Premium Plus.
Further, it has also tried to incorporate the idea of Unlimited listening through the Audible Plus Catalog feature in its membership plans.
It also seems to have discontinued its Amazon Prime Audible Channels feature, which among other benefits, included more than 50 free audiobooks for Prime members.
However, it is not all bad news for Amazon Prime members as you will see later in this article.
Is Audible Free With Amazon Prime?
Currently, Audible is not free with Amazon Prime. Both Audible Plus and Premium Plus memberships are separate from Prime membership. However, many Audible offers and benefits are available exclusively for Prime members.
For instance, Prime members are invited to start their 30-day free trial with 2 free credits. Non-Prime members get only 1 free credit. You can use each credit to purchase a Premium title of your choice from a collection of over 500,000 titles.
The offers mentioned in this article are as on the day this article was last updated and are subject to change. You can check the current Audible offers for Prime members from This Official Page on Amazon!
During the free trial, you will also get access to Audible Plus Catalog – a collection of over 12,000 titles that you can listen to without any limitation!
You can cancel your free trial membership anytime and you will not be charged if you cancel before the end of your free trial period. Besides, you can keep the books purchased with your free trial credits for a lifetime.
However, if you have already taken the free trial before, you may not be eligible for another free trial. In that case, you can choose from other Prime exclusive offers.
Here I have put together a sequence of options (best options first) that you can choose from. This may apply to both Prime as well as non-Prime members. Please skip the first option if you are not eligible for the free trial.
1. 30-day Free Trial with 2 free Premium Audiobooks
A free trial is always great a way to start any new subscription plan. And in the case of Audible, Amazon Prime members are in for some extra treat!
Prime members get 2 free credits, each worth any title from the Audible Premium library. This is like getting two months’ worth of Premium Plus membership absolutely for free!
So, if you have not already taken the 30-day free trial, forget about other Audible plans for now and get your 2 free Premium titles first.
2. Discounted Audible Membership for Prime Members
Every now and then, Amazon comes up with many lucrative Audible offers exclusively for Prime members. And although Audible is not included with Prime, these offers will no doubt make you feel even more privileged as a Prime member!
So, How much is Audible with Prime?
Although there isn’t any fixed discount rate, Amazon has offered Audible membership at a discount of even more than 75% to its Prime Members in the past.
For instance, in 2018 and 2019, as a Prime Day offer, Audible membership was available at just $4.95/month. Amazon has also offered Audible membership for as low as $3.95/month on many occasions in the past to its Prime members.
However, these discounts are generally available only for a limited period and may not always be Prime-exclusive.
You can check the Current Audible offers for Prime members from This Official Page on Amazon!
3. Get the Cheaper Audible Plus Membership
If you are not eligible for any of the above two offers, you can go for the cheaper Audible Plus plan which costs $7.95/month. This plan gives you unlimited access to Audible Plus Catalog.
However, if you want to listen to some specific books or the ones that are recently released, DO NOT go for this membership plan as it will only have a limited number of titles.
For more details, please check out the article on Audible Plus vs Premium Plus.
4. Audible Premium Plus Annual Plan
Audible Annual Premium Plan may not look very attractive, especially when its price is 149.50/year.
However, this can be a better option for you if you are (or expect to be) a regular Audible Premium listener. It will give you 2 extra credits in comparison to Premium Monthly membership in a time horizon of 12 months. (12*$14.95/month= $179.40/year)
Besides, there are discount offers even for the annual plans. Last year, Amazon had offered the annual membership at $99.50/year for a limited time (a flat $50 off!).
You can check the Audible Annual membership offers on This Oficial Page on Amazon.
5. Audible Premium Plus Monthly Plan
If you are not eligible for the first two offers and are also not interested in either the Audible Plus or the Annual Premium Plan, you can consider going for the Premium Monthly plan. It will cost you $14.95/month.
So, you can see that though Audible is not included with Prime membership, many Audible discounts and benefits are offered to Amazon Prime members. Other benefits include free podcasts and 2-for-1 sale (2 Premium audiobooks for 1 credit), etc.
I hope this article on how Audible works with Amazon Prime was helpful to you. If you have any doubts regarding the Amazon Prime Audible offers mentioned in this article, please share them in the comment section below. I would be glad to answer them as best as I can.