While Audible was originally an independent company, it was purchased by Amazon some time ago and is now a fully-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com.
As such, you might wonder if Amazon might be bundling together Audible with other Amazon services, like their flagship Amazon Prime membership plan.
After all, if you already use Amazon Prime, why wouldn’t you want to also get some great audiobooks at the same time?
Well, wonder no more because this article is all about how Audible and Amazon Prime memberships may intersect.
Here’s How Audible and Amazon Prime Interact:
Amazon Prime and Audible.com are both subscription services owned by Amazon.com. Audible subscriptions cost $7.95 or $14.95 per month. Amazon Prime costs $14.99 per month. Amazon Prime subscribers get one additional audiobook credit (two instead of one) when signing up for Audible Premium Plus.
Is Audible Free to Use for Amazon Prime Members?
Unless by “free” you mean “free trial,” then, yes, it’s free for exactly one month, after which you’ll start being billed.
However, this is not a unique deal for Amazon Prime members; a free trial of Audible Premium Plus exists for anyone who wishes to try Audible.
This appears to be a common misconception floating around online. What’s more, it would be rather disappointing to find out is not true when signing up for Prime and trying to find your free Audible membership, only to realize it doesn’t exist.
It’s possible people misunderstood the extra credit deal (more on that in a bit) that does come with starting an Audible trial for Amazon Prime members.
Regardless, Amazon Prime and Audible are two separate subscription services, and you have to pay for both to get both.
Can You Pay for Audible via Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is a subscription service that grants free, fast shipping and other assorted benefits when shopping on Amazon.com.
It is not a payment service like Paypal or others.
So what does “pay via Amazon Prime” even mean, then?
Well, there are three payment methods associated with Amazon: the Amazon Store Card, the Amazon Secured Private Label Credit Card, and Amazon Pay.
So let’s answer the question for each of these payment options after we define what they are:
The Amazon Store Card is a digital credit card that only works on Amazon and its subsidiaries.
- Audible is one of these subsidiaries, so you can use your Amazon Store Card to pay for an Audible subscription.
The Amazon Secured Private Label Credit Card is a fully-functional credit card that can be used like most credit cards.
- Therefore, as you might guess, your Amazon Secured Private Label Credit Card can indeed be used to purchase an Audible membership.
Amazon Pay is a payments processing service that allows you to buy physical goods from other, non-Amazon participating retailers.
- Amazon Pay is intended for physical goods purchases and therefore is not an accepted payment method for an Audible membership, which qualifies as digital goods and services.
How Much Does Audible Cost for Amazon Prime Members
Audible costs the same exact amount per month for a Prime member as it does for anyone else.
A Plus membership will run you $7.95 per month, and a Premium Plus membership will cost $14.95 per month, whether you’re an Amazon Prime member or not.
Amazon Prime members do get a bonus in the form of an extra credit on their free trial (more on that in a bit), but price-wise, they pay the same as everyone else.
Check out our article about Audible’s shared membership options.
Does Audible Ever Have Discounts and Offers for Prime Members?
Audible does frequently offer discounts and deals on its memberships.
For instance, at the time of this writing, there’s an ongoing Audible deal that lasts until December 31st of this year.
While this deal is active, you can get your first four paid months of Audible Premium Plus for $5.95 per month.
That means you get one month free from the trial period, then four months for a discounted rate.
After that, your membership will revert to the usual $14.95 per month for an Audible Premium Plus subscription.
This is just one example of a deal they happen to be running right now. However, such discounts and offers pop up regularly if you’re paying attention.
Although, we’re not aware of any such deals that are exclusive to Amazon Prime members.
So you can definitely expect to see regular deals and discounts on Audible memberships, but as far as we can tell, these offers are generally available to everyone.
Are There any Benefits on Audible for Prime Customers?
If it seems like so far, all we’ve done is tell you all the things you don’t get from Audible with an Amazon Prime membership, then you’re exactly right.
As it turns out, Amazon expects Prime members to pay as much as everyone else for Audible, even though they’re already paying a hefty recurring sum to Amazon.
In general, despite these two services being owned by the same parent company, you don’t get much in the way of exclusive benefits by using both together.
However, there is one bonus you get by being an Amazon Prime member when you sign up for Audible’s free trial, and it’s finally time to discuss this benefit.
Audible’s Premium Plus subscription option grants you one credit per month which you can redeem for an Audible title of your choosing.
When you sign up for a free trial of Audible Premium Plus, you get a credit during the trial month, just as you do for paid months after that.
However, if you’re already subscribed to Amazon Prime when you sign up for Audible’s free trial, you get two credits during the trial month, instead of one.
This means that without paying anything, you get a month of free Audible access and two free audiobooks of your choosing to keep forever.
As far as exclusive deals go, it’s honestly not much, but you do get an extra free audiobook out of the package.
It’s a one-time thing though, so after you enjoy your extra credit during that trial month, you won’t be any better off than any other Audible subscriber.
Please also read our article about how long Audible credits last!