Audible is a great audiobook service. But it’s not the best at giving their plans self-explanatory names. So, let’s compare Audible Plus vs Premium Plus to find out which one is best!
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What is Audible?
Audible has the largest audiobook store online and any book with an audio version will likely be found on this website. The standard plan is Audible Premium Plus. It has two different parts.
Firstly, you receive one Audible credit per month. You can use this to buy any audiobook from Audible’s entire catalog. You own this audiobook and can listen to it whenever and as often as you want. And you can still listen to these books even after you cancel Audible.
Secondly, you have Audible Plus. During your paid membership, you have unlimited access to the included audiobooks. The Plus catalog only includes a small-ish part of Audible’s entire catalog. But that’s still over 10,000 free audiobooks for you – Nonfiction and Fiction books!
You can also sign up for Audible Plus by itself. This plan is cheaper and you won’t receive an Audible credit.
Whether you buy an Audible book with a credit or borrow one from the Audible Plus catalog, the title will show up in your Audible app where you can download it and listen to it. The app syncs so you can swap between different devices and can always continue your book where you last left off.
Audiobooks have many advantages. They allow us to enjoy a lot more literature because we can listen to books while working, doing chores, commuting, and during many other activities that don’t leave our hands free.
Audiobooks also make literature more accessible, for example for people with visual or physical impairments, people with dyslexia, or with brain injuries that leave them unable to hold or read an ebook or print book.
And listening to a well-narrated audiobook while playing a game on your phone, drawing, or knitting is simply FUN!
Whats the difference between Audible Plus vs Premium Plus?
To cut right to the chase, the most important difference between Audible Plus vs Premium Plus is that Premium Plus gives you one free audiobook per month on top of access to the Plus catalog!
If you are still confused by these weird terms, let me explain it like this: Imagine Audible as one giant candy store. They have two different departments. One big department with super fancy, expensive chocolates. And one smaller department with gummy worms. Audible Plus gives you access to the gummy worms and you can EAT THEM ALL! No kidding. With Audible Plus, you can have all the gummy worms a.k.a. all the audiobooks included in the Plus catalog. With Premium Plus, you also get all the gummy worms. But on top of that, you get one voucher to pick a fancy chocolate a.k.a. one Audible credit per month for which you can buy any audiobook from the entire Audible catalog.
The Audible catalog includes over 250,000 titles. The Audible Plus catalog includes over 10,000 audiobooks.
Plus books are only borrowed though and will be returned if your membership is canceled. The Audible books you buy with an Audible credit or for money are yours to keep and you can always access them, even when you cancel your subscription.
The Price of Audible Plus vs Premium Plus
Audible US offers five different plans. Audible Plus is the cheapest plan at $7.95 per month. It gives you access to the Audible Plus catalog but no additional membership benefits.
Audible Premium Plus is $14.95 per month or $149.50 per year. In addition to unlimited borrowing from the Audible Plus catalog, you get one Audible credit per month (or 12 per year) for an audiobook of your choice from the entire Audible catalog. You can also buy audiobooks at a reduced membership price and have access to regular sales events. Audible Premium Plus 2 credits is $22.95 per month or $229.50 per year with the same membership benefits.
I’m really pleased that the new Plus plan is so cheap and that access to the Plus catalog is a “free” addition to the Premium Plan. But whether you’ll be completely satisfied with Audible Plus vs Premium Plus will depend on what kind of audiobooks you like and if you can find enough titles that interest you.
Membership Benefits Audible Plus vs Premium Plus
It’s clear that Audible Premium Plus continues to be the flagship subscription. I assume Audible saw a market for a cheaper audiobook plan. But Audible Plus has no additional benefits, unlike Audible Premium Plus. Plus subscribers can’t even buy books for a discount during sales events!
Audible Plus only gives access to the Plus catalog. Nothing else, whatsoever.
Now, the question is: How good are the Premium Plus benefits and are they worth the higher price?
As I see it, $7.95 for as many audiobooks as I want is a good deal. The caveat is whether you find enough audiobooks that interest you in the Plus catalog. 10000 titles might sound like a lot. But if you only like a handful of narrators, or only enjoy Space Opera, then you will quickly run out of Plus content.
The Premium Plus plan is only $7 more expensive. This means that the Audible credit (the “free” audiobook) you get as a part of that plan would only cost you $7. From that angle, it’s a sweet deal. And you get the additional benefits like access to the 2-for-1 sales or $5 events which are really pretty good. These sales happen several times a year and always have a great selection of audiobooks.
Audible Plus Review
Personally, I am absolutely thrilled about Audible Plus. On the one hand, it offers people with a smaller budget a great option to listen to as many audiobooks as they want. On the other hand, it’s a fantastic membership benefit for Premium Plus subscribers because you get more audiobooks to listen to after using your Audible credit.
The Audible Plus catalog mostly contains Audible Originals and Audible Studios productions. So, you can only find these audiobooks here and not in other stores. And I can tell you, I really enjoy Audible Originals! They have so many fantastic audio plays with elaborate productions. Audible’s exclusive books always feel very current and relevant and I still have the feeling that this company is passionate about audiobooks.
Some books in the Audible Plus catalog that I loved are:
Love Lines series by Cara Bastone
All three books in this Romance series (no spicy scenes) are absolutely adorable and fun! They are warm, extremely entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny, and have a wonderful cast of characters. The productions are fantastic! The most recent book in the series is Seatmate.
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
One of the most popular audiobooks on Audible is The Dispatcher. It’s narrated by the amazing Zachary Quinto who brings the characters in this weird world to life. A must-listen!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Not only since the Wheel of Time series are we all absolutely in love with Rosamund Pike. So, her version of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an absolute must-listen as well!
How to search the Audible Plus Catalog
The best option to search the Audible Plus catalog for audiobooks that interest you is to type Audible.com/search into your browser. On this page, you find many options in the left-hand menu to filter search results e.g. by genre, subgenre, or length and you can toggle “Plus catalog”.
Once you have toggled Plus catalog on, you can then filter more by choosing your preferred genre, audiobook length, and so on.
This is the most direct and most comfortable method I know of to find audiobooks in the Plus catalog. I use this search function a lot – not only for Plus books but also for Whispersync audiobooks or for new releases. It’s very versatile and I have this page set as my Audible bookmark because from here I can do very targeted searches.
Audible Plus vs Premium Plus Conclusion
I have said in a previous blog post that I had a 12 month subscription to Premium Plus. I had a great time with that! I signed up for it when there was a discount and felt I really got a lot for my money. That plan recently ran out (or rather, I canceled it before renewal). This has to do with my circumstances though and not with the service. I didn’t need the Audible credits lately. But I downgraded my plan to Audible Plus so I can still enjoy new Audible Originals.
They were the reason I didn’t want to cancel Audible entirely.
Generally speaking, if you are looking for more bang for your buck Audible Premium Plus is probably better than Audible Plus. But the Plus service is a very solid offer and there might be many situations in which it is a perfectly good, perfectly sufficient choice for audiobook listeners!
Of course, you can try out both Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus in a free test month. However, I strongly recommend that you go for the Audible Premium Plus 30 day free trial**! You get to keep the audiobook you buy for the Audible credit. You can easily cancel Audible in the first month and then sign up for the Plus plan afterward.
Read on in my blog post on how to get more out of an Audible membership!/