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How to get more credits on Audible

Audible is a popular audio platform that allows users to purchase and listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and other audio content. While some books are available for purchase using a credit card, Audible also offers a credit system that can be used to purchase audiobooks at a discounted price. In this article, we'll discuss the concept of Audible credits and how to get more credits on Audible.

An overview of Audible credits

Audible credits are a form of currency used by Audible, the popular audiobook platform owned by Amazon. Each credit is worth one audiobook, regardless of its length or price, meaning that a member could use a credit to purchase a short audiobook or a long one that is more expensive, including Audible Originals, exclusive audiobooks, and audio programs produced by Audible. Unlike audiobooks in the rotating Plus Catalog, users get to keep audiobooks purchased outright with credits or a credit card forever.

Audible credit limitations

Audible credits do have some limitations, such as they typically expire after a certain amount of time, usually one year from the date they were issued, which means users must use or lose their unused credits.

Additionally, credits cannot be used to purchase certain types of audiobooks, such as those that are part of a bundle or that are sold at a discounted price. Members will need to use a credit card or other payment method to purchase these types of audiobooks.

Getting more credits on Audible

Audible offers affordable membership plans that allow you to access a certain number of credits each month; however, what happens when you run out of credits before the end of the month? Let’s explore some tips and tricks on how to get more credits on Audible.

Switch your Audible membership

The easiest way to get more credits on Audible to purchase audiobooks is to switch your Audible subscription. The number of credits you receive depends on the membership plan you choose. For example, the Audible Plus plan has access to the Plus Catalog instead of credits, while the Audible Premium Plus plan comes with the Plus Catalog and one credit per month.

If you're a frequent audiobook listener, consider upgrading to Audible Premium Plus Annual with 12 credits upfront so you can purchase 12 audiobooks right away without having to wait for monthly credits to be added to your account. All of the following plans come with access to the Plus Catalog and the following amount of credits:

  • Regular Audible Premium Plus membership — $14.95 per month for 1 credit monthly
  • Upgraded Audible Premium Plus membership — $22.95 per month with 2 credits monthly
  • Regular Audible Premium Plus Annual — $149.50 annually with 12 credits per year
  • Upgraded Audible Premium Plus Annual — $229.50 annually with 24 credits per year

Purchase credits

If you’ve used all of the credits that come with your monthly membership, you can purchase extra credits on the Audible website or app. You can buy up to 3 credits at a time, which will be added to your account immediately after purchase.

Exchange audiobooks

Audible allows users to exchange audiobooks they've purchased if they are not satisfied with them. If you exchange an audiobook, the credit used to purchase it is returned to your account. This means that you can use the credit to purchase a different new audiobook.

Take advantage of special offers and promotions

Often Audible offers special promotions and discounts to its members, including free audiobooks, free credits, and discounted membership plans. You can find these offers on the Audible website, app, or social media channels. You can also sign up for notifications to receive alerts about new deals and promotions.

Check daily deals

Audible also offers daily deals on select audiobooks, where members can save up to 80% off the regular price. Daily deals change every day, so make sure to check the Audible app or website frequently to see if any of your favorite titles are on sale.

Request a gift membership or book

If you can’t get enough of Audible books, consider asking your friends and family for Gift subscriptions or Audible audiobooks. Gift memberships come with one, three, six, or 12-month plans and include monthly credits that can be used to purchase audiobooks.

Contact customer service

If you've run out of credits, you can try contacting Audible customer service. In some cases, they may offer you additional credits to keep you as a customer. This is especially true if you've been a loyal customer for a long time and have a good relationship with customer service.

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FAQ

How to get an Audible free trial?

If you are a first-time Audible user, when you sign up for an Audible account and choose a subscription, you’ll receive a free 30-day trial.

How is Audible different than Kindle Unlimited?

Audible and Kindle Unlimited are two separate subscription services offered by Amazon, but they do have some overlap in terms of the audiobooks available. While Audible is a dedicated audiobook service, Kindle Unlimited offers access to a library of eBooks, including some that come with free Audible narration.

What is Whispersync?

Whispersync for Voice is a feature that allows you to switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to the audio version seamlessly. When you buy an audiobook and a Kindle book of the same title, you can use Whispersync to sync your progress across both formats. This means that you can pick up where you left off, regardless of whether you're reading or listening to the book. This feature can save you credits because you don't have to purchase the audiobook separately.

Is Audible compatible with Alexa?

Yes, Audible is compatible with Alexa. You can use Alexa to play audiobooks from your Audible library, as well as control playback with voice commands. To get started, make sure your Audible account is linked to your Alexa device. You can do this by opening the Alexa app, navigating to the "Skills & Games" section, searching for "Audible," and then enabling the Audible skill.

Do Amazon Prime members get free access to Audible?

No, they are two separate subscriptions, and you must sign up for a subscription on Audible.com.

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