If I cancel Audible do I keep my books?

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Retain your audiobooks without a membership. Our guide explains how to access your Audible library after canceling.

    If I cancel Audible do I keep my books?

    Are you a fan of audiobooks but considering canceling your Audible subscription? In this article, we’ll go over what happens to the audiobooks and credits on your account when you cancel your membership. Keep reading for everything you need to know about cancellation, pausing, and more.

    Everything you need to know about canceling your Audible membership

    Whether it’s due to financial reasons, lack of use, or simply wanting to switch to a different service, canceling your Audible membership can be a daunting task. Let’s delve into everything you should know and consider before canceling your account and the steps you can take if you want to go through with the cancelation process so it’s as seamless as possible.

    Keeping your books

    One of the most common questions that users have when canceling their Audible membership is whether they get to keep their Audible books. It’s important to understand that Audible operates on a subscription model, where users pay a monthly fee to access their extensive library of Audible audiobooks called the Audible Plus Catalog. This means as an Audible member, you are essentially renting the content from the Audible Plus Catalog, and when you cancel your Audible membership, you will lose access to the books you have downloaded as well as other membership benefits, as they are not technically yours to keep. However, there are a few exceptions.


    If you had an Audible Premium Plus membership, you received monthly credits to purchase premium titles. Anything you purchase with an Audible credit or outright with a credit card is yours to keep forever. In fact, you can there is no limit to the number of times you can download the titles you have already purchased, even if you cancel your Audible plan. The same goes for books that were gifted to you by loved ones through the Gift a Book feature. However, you will no longer have access to any books you downloaded from the rotating Audible Plus Catalog.

    When you lose access

    The Audible Plus Catalog provides subscribers access to a rotating selection of audiobooks and podcasts at no additional cost beyond their monthly subscription fee. After you cancel, you will no longer be able to access this content once your billing cycle ends. However, any audiobooks purchased outright will remain accessible forever under “my library” on the Audible app or Audible website (Audible.com) even after cancellation.

    What happens to your other content

    You may also be wondering if you get to keep your podcasts if you cancel your Audible membership, and the answer depends. There are many free podcasts on Audible that do not require an Audible subscription, only an Amazon account which you can still listen to regardless. However, if you were listening to Plus Catalog podcasts, you will no longer be able to listen to these once canceling since they are premium programs and most are exclusive to Audible.

    Whether you keep your Audible credits

    If you have credits or other benefits associated with your account, you will want to use them before canceling. You will not get to keep any unused credits you’ve earned through your membership once you cancel. However, if you buy titles with these credits before canceling, you will still maintain access to those titles in your Audible Library even after you cancel.

    How do I cancel my Audible account without losing credits?

    You cannot keep your remaining credits if you cancel your Audible subscription. However, you can switch from an Audible Premium Plus account to an Audible Plus account and keep your credits. They will have the same expiration date, which is one year after they were accrued or purchased. You can also decide to pause your Audible membership instead of canceling. You can pause your Audible membership for up to three months, during which you will not be charged a membership fee unless you do not cancel your membership and three months lapses, in which case your membership will automatically resume. It is important to note if you choose to pause your Premium Plus plan, you will not receive any additional credits during the three-month pause period.

    How to cancel Audible

    If you wish to cancel membership to Audible, there are a few key steps you can follow to make the process as smooth as possible. First, navigate to the Audible website’s homepage and log in to your account. From there, click on Account Details and then hit the “Cancel my Membership button.” You may be prompted to answer a few questions about why you are canceling, but once you’ve done so, you should be able to cancel your subscription and move on to your next audiobook adventure.

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    What happens if I cancel my Audible account before finishing my free trial?

    If you cancel your Audible account before finishing your free trial, you will not be charged for the subscription. However, you will lose access to any audiobooks or content you have downloaded during the trial period.

    Who owns Audible?

    Audible is owned by Amazon, one of the world’s largest online retailers.

    What if I am still charged after I cancel my membership?

    If you have canceled your membership and are still being charged, we recommend contacting customer support.

    Where can I view my membership details?

    To view your Audible membership details, click on your name in the top-right corner of the screen and select “Account Details” from the drop-down menu. On the Account Details page, you will see your membership plan listed under the “Membership Details” section. This will include the plan type, billing cycle, and price.

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