How Much Does Audible Cost? Audible Membership Plans 2019
Audible has a number of membership plans and the cost of your Audible subscription will depend on the plan that you choose. All the membership plans are explained later in this article.
However, if you are a new Audible member, Audible gives you a 30-day free trial in which you can get 1 audiobook of your choice for free, which you can keep for life even if you cancel your membership before the end of your free trial period!
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!
In this article, you will know about different Audible membership plans & prices (Including the Secret Silver Membership Plan, which a very few users actually know about) and also some tips to choose the best plan for you!
So let’s dive in and see how much is Audible membership priced for different available plans…
How much does Audible cost?
Audible membership costs $14.95/month for the Gold Monthly plan, in which the members get 1 credit per month. This is the basic membership plan that starts automatically after the 30-day free trial gets over for a new member.
However, if you opt for Audible’s Platinum Annual plan, which is the highest offered membership plan by Audible, it will cost you $229.50/year for 24 credits.
The cost for each Audible credit for the Platinum Annual plan is only about $9.6 which is about $5 less than the basic Gold Monthly plan (14.95/credit).
Each credit is equivalent to one audiobook in Audible. You can purchase any audiobook of your choice regardless of its price. To know more about Audible Credits, their working, and expiry conditions, check out the article ‘How do Audible Credits work?’
Audible Membership Plans
Besides the Gold Monthly and Platinum Annual plans mentioned above, two other popular Audible membership plans are Gold Annual and Platinum Monthly plans.
Gold Annual costs $149.50/year for 12 credits. So, the cost per credit for the Gold Annual plan is $12.46. While Platinum Monthly costs $22.95/month for 2 credits and so the cost per credit is $11.46.
There is also a secret Silver Membership Plan. For some reason, Audible does not advertise about this plan on their website.
Under the Silver Membership plan, you will get 1 credit on alternate months for $14.98. And you will enjoy all the benefits of an Audible member. To know more about this plan and how to activate it, check out this article.
Here’s a table showing Audible membership plans & prices to give you an overview of different Audible membership options that you can choose from.
|Plan Name||Price||Credits||Cost Per Credit|
|Gold Monthly||$14.95/month||1 per month||$14.95|
|Gold Annual||$149.50/year||12 per year||$12.46|
|Platinum Monthly||$22.95/month||2 per month||$11.46|
|Platinum Annual||$229.50/year||24 per year||$9.56|
Which Audible Membership Plan Should You Choose?
If you are starting out to listen to audiobooks for the first time, it may not be a good idea to go for the annual plans first.
The reason is simple. If you go for annual plans straightaway and soon realize that you don’t really love listening to audiobooks, you may feel that your money was wasted.
Though Audible gives you a free audiobook to start with, it may not be enough to decide whether you would like audiobooks in general or not. So, taking the monthly membership for a couple of months may give you a better idea on your interest in audiobooks.
Once you are sure that you would actually love audiobooks, then only go for annual plans or Platinum monthly plan which will be cheaper for you in the long run.
However, if you feel that you don’t really like audiobooks much. Then you might consider these two options.
- Cancel your membership
- Start Audible Silver membership
If you cancel your Audible membership, you won’t lose any audiobooks that were already purchased. Besides, you can rejoin Audible again whenever you want. there is no restriction.
And as discussed earlier, with Audible silver membership, you will pay $14.98 on alternate months. So if you want to keep listening to a lesser number of audiobooks at a lesser cost per month, you can opt for this plan.
So, that is all on how much Audible costs for different Audible membership plans. I hope this article was helpful to you.
If you have any questions or doubts regarding any Audible membership options, please share it in the comment section below. I would be glad to answer them as best as I can.