Audible reigns supreme in the Audiobook kingdom – and rightly so.
Audible offers a gigantic library of audio content that’s not merely limited to good novels. From podcasts, meditations, self-help, biographies, and more, Audible has something for everyone.
It’s their membership subscriptions that really sweeten the deal, and in this article, we explain how good the benefits truly are.
Access to the Plus Catalog Provides Unlimited Listening
Audible has two distinct membership plans:
- Audible Plus
- Audible Premium Plus
The differences between the two memberships will become apparent as we explore the benefits of each further in this article, but for now, let’s look at a key similarity – access to the ‘Plus Catalog’.
What is Audible’s Plus Catalog?
Audible’s Plus Catalog is an exclusive library of Audible content that spans many genres and even includes podcasts, too.
Moreover, the Plus Catalog is packed to the brim with Audible Originals (exclusive audiobooks and podcasts made for Audible members).
Here are some of the benefits of the Audible Plus Catalog:
- It is available to Plus and Premium Plus members.
- It is massive and includes well over 10,000 titles to choose from (including Audible Originals).
- All content can be either streamed using a member’s device or downloaded for offline playback.
New content is added every week to the Plus catalog. If a title is set to leave the catalog, details of its departure date will be displayed alongside the content.
The Plus Catalog has no cap on the amount you can listen to. The content found in the Plus Catalog offers a treasure trove of unlimited listening potential.
“We created the Plus Catalog to give Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus members more of what they love and more to discover.”
For only $7.95 per month, one can sign up for Audible’s most humble package, the Plus membership, and have access to the Plus Catalog. You can even simply take a free trial of the service and check out the catalog without spending a cent.
No matter what membership plan you take out with Audible, knowing that you have access to the Plus Catalog is surely something to look forward to.
Check out our article on Audible’s streaming and download options.
Who Doesn’t Love a Discount? Audible Members Get 30% Off
Everyone appreciates a little money off here and there. Audible understands that very well and decided that they’d reward their members with a discount that never disappears.
Once again, this is a perk that both Plus members and Premium Plus members get to enjoy.
A 30% discount is applied to all Audible content if you are subscribed to an Audible membership plan. Anything that you find in the Audible store will be that much cheaper if you sign up and become a member.
This 30% discount is exclusive to members and is not limited to a specific period. This is a benefit you can take advantage of any time you like.
So, if you’ve found a hefty audio series that you want to own forever and it’s looking a little on the pricey side, consider that membership to Audible will instantly knock off 30% of the price.
However, if you’re on a Premium Plus membership, you may find you can purchase that same book with a little perk called a ‘credit’.
Premium Plus Members Spend Credits & Save Cash
It’s about time that we dive into what sets the Premium Plus membership apart. The biggest difference between a Plus Membership and Premium Plus is credits!
Premium Plus members can pay monthly or annually and will obtain credits. And, credits can be used to purchase Audible content.
Content purchased with credits has the exact same benefit as using your credit card – you get to keep those books forever.
Purchasing Audible content with free credits allows members to make massive savings, especially if you think you’d purchase an audiobook once a month.
If you play it smart and only use your credits to buy audiobooks on the top end of the price bracket, then you’ll easily make the cost of your membership plan worth your while.
- Premium Plus members pay $14.95 per month or $149.50 per year, with either one credit gained each month or 12 upfront.
- You can also sign up for a 2 credit package with Audible at $22.95 per month or $229.50 for a year.
That’s a whole lot of credits that can be used for the books that you love and want to own for a lifetime!
Please also take a look at our article on Audible’s gift card options!
Audible’s Daily Deal is Exclusive to Members & Offers Massive Discounts
Audible knows how to make a deal enticing and their Daily Deal is no exception.
The Daily Deal is, as the name suggests, a daily feature that offers an audiobook at a fantastic discount for that day only.
These deals are only available to Audible users who are on a membership plan, adding to the already mentioned bourgeoning benefits.
Audible members will find that the Daily Deal will allow them to buy an audiobook with a massive reduction in price. On average the discounted price will be around 70% less than usual.
Audible members have the option to have a notification appear on their account page regarding the Daily Deal.
Audible Allows Members to Dip in & Out of their Subscription
Whether you’ve been spending your free credits on audiobooks with a Premium Plus membership, or have been taking advantage of the 30% discount included with the Plus membership, there may come a time when you have a backlog of content that you should be listening to.
If you’re at a point in your subscription where it is no longer cost-effective to be paying monthly then there’s no need to fret.
Remember, any content that is purchased through Audible is yours to keep forever. This means that you can suspend your monthly payments and catch up with all the content that you own and then dip back into your subscription when you’re ready for more.
However, do keep in mind that any credits that are yet to be spent will be removed if you cancel your subscription.
Always spend any remaining credits on your account before stopping your membership, that way you’ll have even more content to enjoy while you’re on a break from your membership plan.
For more on this, check out our article on how to use Audible without a subscription.
There’s no doubt that becoming a member of Audible has huge benefits, especially if you think you’ll listen to more than one audiobook every few months.
What membership you should sign up for depends largely on your listening habits and how many audiobooks you think you’ll digest in any given month.
If you’re still unsure, just try the free 30-day trial to get a sense of what the service has to offer, you’ll even get a free credit to spend when you do – that’s an audiobook for free, it doesn’t get better than that!