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How does Audible work? Answers to the top 10 questions

With over 400,000 titles in its library, Audible is one of the biggest audiobook services available. But despite being exceedingly popular, many people might not know how the platform works. If you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ll explain the basics of Audible by answering the 10 most common questions about this service.

What is Audible? - An overview

Audible is a service that contains thousands of podcasts and some of the best audiobooks around. You can use the Audible app on any major device, including iOS and Android smartphones.

Top 10 questions about Audible

Whether you’re not sure how your monthly membership works or want to learn more about other aspects of the Audible website, the following section should do the trick:

1. How can I sign up for Audible?

Signing up for Audible is relatively straightforward:

  1. Open the app and enter your login credentials. Create an Amazon account if you don’t have one, or use an existing one.
  2. Tap the “Profile” button in the lower-right part of the screen.
  3. Choose the gear symbol in the upper-right corner.
  4. Select “Details” and press the “Sign up” option below the preferred membership.
  5. Hit “Confirm” to finalize your request.

Once you choose your account, you should unlock your 30-day free trial.

2. How can I cancel an Audible membership?

You shouldn’t have trouble canceling your membership:

  1. Navigate to your Audible app.
  2. Choose “Account Details” from the menu listed under your name.
  3. Go to “Your Membership” and pick “Cancel Membership.”
  4. Confirm your decision, and the platform will cancel your subscription.

3. How can I browse titles on Audible?

One of the greatest benefits of Audible is that it allows for quick title browsing:

  1. Head to Audible’s website or app.
  2. Tap the menu button.
  3. Press “Discover,” followed by “Browse.”
  4. Search for the title to which you want to listen. You can use a search text box to narrow your choices or browse by genre from the menu.
  5. Hit the “Play” button once you locate the desired audiobook.

4. How can I return an audiobook?

You might have downloaded an Audible title, but the narrator or story isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Alternatively, you might have accidentally purchased an audiobook. Fortunately, you can return it with a few clicks:

  1. Go to on your PC and log into your account.
  2. Choose your username and press “Account Details.”
  3. Go to the left menu and select “Purchase History.” You’ll now see all the audiobooks you bought and key information, such as how and when you purchased them.
  4. Find the book you wish to return.
  5. Press “Return Order” on the right-hand side.

Returning a book usually requires a valid reason. Follow the on-screen instructions to file the return claim. Not all claims will be approved.

5. What is required to use Audible?

You don’t need a bunch of equipment to use Audible. The platform works great with any device, including Fire tablets, Android, and iOS gadgets. You need only download the app from the Google Play or App Store.

Here are a few other compatible devices:

  • Mac and Windows computers
  • 10th-Gen Kindle Paperwhite
  • 8th,9th, and 10th-Gen Kindle Oasis
  • Alexa devices
  • SanDisk ClipJam MSC
  • Victor Reader Stream MSC 2 and 3
  • Bones Milestone 212 and 312

6. What are the membership plans for Audible?

Audible offers five membership plans:

  • Audible Plus – This plan gives you unlimited access to a number of audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, meditation programs, and sleep tracks.
  • Audible Premium Plus 1 – You get everything from Audible Plus and an additional Credit every month.
  • Audible Premium Plus 2 – The third tier unlocks the Audible Plus catalog and two additional Credits every month.
  • Audible Premium Plus Annual 12 Credits – Besides the Premium Plus Catalog, you also receive 12 credits you can use immediately to buy audiobooks.
  • Audible Premium Plus Annual 24 Credits – The final subscription model offers the Audible Plus Catalog and 24 Credits for purchasing titles.

Keep in mind that you can only buy one title with one Audible Credit. You can use your Credits on practically any content, including new releases and New York Times bestsellers. Once you use up all monthly Credits, you receive a 30% discount when buying audiobooks.

7. Does Audible have membership perks?

There are many perks to becoming an Audible member. As previously discussed, you unlock a 30% discount on audiobook purchases after spending your Credits. There are also exclusive sweepstakes and two-for-one deals.

Furthermore, an Audible Subscription gives you access to Audible Daily Deals. It lets you buy a featured title at a discounted price. Bear in mind that the Deals available change every day.

8. How do I use the Audible app?

Using the Audible app is simple, even if you’re a beginner.

  1. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Open the app on your tablet or smartphone.
  3. Go to the lower part of the display and tap “Library.”
  4. Filter the titles using the available lenses, including All, Audiobooks, Wish List, and Podcasts.
  5. Sort your content by author, title, recent, and other categories.
  6. Download your titles by tapping them. Wait until the audiobook is ready to play and you’re good to go.

9. Do I get Audible for free with Amazon Prime?

No. Amazon Prime members don’t get free audiobooks on Audible. These are separate services, so you’ll need to sign up for both to unlock all the features.

10. Does Audible count as reading?

Using Audible is one of the most effective forms of reading. This is because listening to Audible audiobooks activates the same areas of the brain as reading a physical book. Plus, you use similar skills as with printed titles.

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How do people make money on Audible?

People make money on Audible by promoting the 30-day free trial through custom URLs. They receive a commission whenever someone signs up for the service using the links.

How does Audible calculate percentages?

You’ll need to connect your Fire TV to your Audible account. Go to the desired title and check the reading percentage in the upper-right corner.

What is the highest listening level on Audible?

The highest listening level on Audible is Platinum.

What is the download limit on Audible?

You can download an Audible book as many times as you want on all of your devices if you own it.

What is the best way to use Audible?

The best way to use Audible is to keep an eye out for sales, return unwanted titles, and check out free Originals.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.