How Does Audible Work With Amazon Prime in 2019? Is it FREE?
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 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!
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.
- Audible Channels
- About 50 selected free audiobooks
Let’s see what these benefits are and how it works…
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)
Now, click on ‘Channels for Prime’ option.
You can now browse the Shows you are looking for and start listening!
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.
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:
All the Audible Channel contents are available on this page. You can now browse the Shows you are looking for and start listening!
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.
You will land on the page showing different categories of books and each of the audiobooks under these categories are free!
Choose a category and press the play button to start listening to any book in that category!
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.