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I’m on the road a lot. My vehicle is my mobile office, and it’s set up for voice recognition and voice-activated work. I’ve accomplished a lot of business while sitting in traffic and traveling to & from various client’s homes and appointments.
My time is very limited, but I still felt as if I were breaking the rules by using an app to read for me. I wasn’t able to keep up with books I needed to read relevant to my profession or books I really wanted to read. Another dilemma I was having was the Audible price. I was always under the impression it was super expensive, so I started to do some investigating and here is what I found…
Audible offers a 30-day free trial, a free book and two Audible Originals (more about those in a bit) which were mine to keep whether I continued the subscription or not.
Audible Free Trial and Book Purchases
Signing up for the free trial is easy! Just follow the link and fill in a few fields. One of the books I was interested in was Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. On iTunes, it’s $23.95; Amazon – $17.56. Here’s the good part! Every book on Audible is just one credit (the equivalent of $14.95).
If you find yourself wanting to read more than one book a month, you’re able to purchase more credits (Audible also offers discounted credits). Alternately, if you choose not to use a credit it can be carried over to the next month. Audible offers the ability to roll over unused credits from the previous month or year. The number of allowable credits to roll over depends on what membership plan you are enrolled in:
Gold Monthly 5 Credits / month
Gold Annual 6 Credits / year
Platinum Monthly 10 Credits / month
Platinum Annual 12 Credits / year
When you’ve reached your limit for your membership plan, the oldest credit(s) will expire in order for you to receive new credits. Gift membership credits expire six months after being issued.
Returns & Exchanges
You can return or exchange a book with Audible’s risk-free policy easily as long as it’s within one year of the original purchase. This benefit allows you to search out and discover new authors or topics without losing a credit, but if overused Audible will contact you to determine excess abuse.
WhispersyncI love this! As long as I have a wireless connection, Whispersync will automatically sync my books across all my devices to the furthest place I’ve listened to or read. I can now seamlessly go from my car to my office to my couch and not lose my place in the book. Side note: this can be expensive so take your budget into consideration before purchasing.
Alexa and Audible
Alexa and Audible are great mates! With Alexa, you can listen to all your Audible books and thanks to Amazon’s Alexa app you can easily view all your titles and control the playback. Just be sure your Audible and Amazon accounts are connected.
As I mentioned before, the Audible free trial comes with two free Audible Originals to keep. Audible Originals are produced by Audible with listeners in mind. Readers are celebrated voice celebrities from many fields including journalism, theater, comedy, etc. They typically run from one to four hours.
When you sign up for membership, you also get access to download two of six Audible Originals on the first Friday of every month. They’re completely free and are yours to keep forever.
I’m truly loving making Audible a part of my many hours in the car, and I think you will too!