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What is Audible Plus and is it worth it in 2021?

With Audible Plus, Audible has introduced a gamechanger to standard “1 free audiobook per month” subscriptions. As an Audible US, CA, or UK member, you now get access to thousands of audiobooks that are included for free in your membership, no need to spend an Audible credit on them!

What is Audible Plus?

AP is an unlimited audiobook subscription. You can listen to as many of the audiobooks in the Plus catalog as you like without paying anything extra or using up your Audible credit. Here’s how Audible Plus works…

How much does Audible Plus cost?

If you want to sign up only for AP, the membership is $7.95 per month. But it is also included for free in the standard Audible Premium Plus subscription.

Did all Audible Escape books move to the Plus catalog?

No, AP is a new and different subscription. A few Audible Escape books have moved to Plus, the rest are available to buy as usual.

Are Plus audiobooks free with an Audible membership?

Yes! If you have an Audible Premium Plus membership (previously called Gold or Platinum), you now get unlimited access to the Plus catalog on top of your monthly Audible credits (and instead of the 2 monthly Audible Originals). This is the absolute best feature among the Audible membership benefits!

Is Audible Plus worth it?

Generally speaking, you get a whole lot of listening for very little money. However, AP only contains a fraction of the Audible catalog. That’s why I love it as part of the Audible Premium Plus membership more than as a stand-alone subscription. Here’s my math…

Is Audible Plus unlimited?

Yes, AP is an unlimited subscription and you can download as many audiobooks as you want from the catalog of over 10,000 titles.

Can you download Audible Plus books and keep them?

You can download them, but you can’t keep them! AP is a form of digital library service like Kindle Unlimited or Netflix. While you have an active subscription, you can listen to these audiobooks. Once you cancel, the books will disappear from your Audible app.

Audible Unlimited – Now for Real!

In 2020, many people expected Audible to create something similar to Audible Escape for other genres – or extend Audible Escape further, outside of the Romance genre. Audible Plus is it! With this service, you get unlimited access to thousands of Audible Original and Audible Studios productions. So, instead of picking two Originals a month (the Audible membership benefits in the old days), you can now listen to all of them!

In my opinion, the most important thing about Plus is that it gives the standard Gold or Platinum membership (which are now called Audible Premium Plus – 1 or 2 credits) a huge advantage in comparison to similar audiobook service models like Audiobooks.com and others. Subscriptions for Audible Premium Plus cost $14.95, and for that fee, you get an Audible credit that you can use for any audiobook in the entire Audible catalog, and on top of that, you also get free and unlimited access to the entire Plus catalog so you can listen to as many audiobooks as you want, instead of just the one you bought with your credit.

Yes, if you have a normal Audible.com membership, you now automatically also have Audible Plus without any extra cost!

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How does Audible Plus work?

AP titles don’t have a special icon like Audible Escape audiobooks used to. Instead, all audiobooks that you need to buy have an icon saying “1 credit”, while those that are included in the Plus catalog have a banner that says “included”.

The buttons next to the Plus audiobooks say “Play” or “Add to Library” instead of showing buying options. You can download or stream the Plus books, so you can listen during offline times.

Audible Plus is a real unlimited audiobook subscription. You can click through the catalog and listen to as many titles as you like. You don’t have to remember to return them since you can borrow as many audiobooks as you like and keep them as long as you like. When your membership runs out, the titles will automatically be removed from your device. Of course, this only applies to the borrowed AP titles! Audible books you bought (for an Audible Premium Plus credit or money) are yours to keep and you can always listen to them, even after canceling your membership.

Right now, the Audible Plus catalog has over 10,000 titles with new audiobooks being added every week. Those should indeed be additions though, not a rotation. Titles are unlikely to be removed from Audible Plus again and, according to Audible, you will be notified if a title you have saved has to be removed.

What does the Audible Plus catalog include?

Currently, the Plus catalog includes around 10,000 audiobooks and 300 podcasts. It offers first and foremost Audible Originals and titles produced by Audible Studios. Some of their productions that were previously available through Audible Escape are now included in Plus instead.

Thriller and Mystery: 1000

Romance: 900

Science Fiction and Fantasy: 800

Children’s Books: 540

Young Adult: 200

2000 titles in the Plus catalog are under 3 hours. So, there’s a great selection of short audiobooks. But this also means that most Plus titles are longer and you will find many titles in all genres that will give you the full immersive novel-length experience.

If you are looking for things to listen to, check out my quarterly Audible Plus book list with the newest titles in the subscription. And if you love love, take a look at the best Romance audiobooks in Audible Plus.

Audible Premium Plus vs Plus

In addition to Audible Premium Plus 1 or 2 credits, Audible has introduced a new, cheaper subscription plan for $7.95 per month. The new Plus plan won’t give you an Audible credit and, instead, only offers you access to the entire Audible Plus catalog – making it a direct alternative to Kindle Unlimited audiobooks.

The big advantage of Audible Plus vs Premium Plus is that it costs so little while allowing you to listen to as many audiobooks as you like. It’s actually the cheapest unlimited audiobook subscription on the market!

However, the Audible Premium Plus plan is only $7 more expensive. So, you could say that the Audible credit that you get as an Audible Premium Plus subscriber costs you only $7. That’s a really good deal considering you can use the credit to buy any audiobook you like from the entire catalog! Many of these titles are $30 or $40, some even more. And if you regularly buy Whispersync deals, an Audible Premium Plus membership is definitely the better option for you than the Plus plan.

In my opinion, the new Plus catalog is a fantastic addition to add more value to the Audible Premium Plus plan. But whether you will be entirely happy with Audible Plus vs Premium Plus, whether it will feel like enough for you, depends on which kinds of audiobooks you enjoy and if you can find enough Plus titles that interest you.

To sum it up, if you are wondering whether Audible Plus is worth it, my answer is: Yes, but for only $7 a month more, you can have a full Audible Premium Plus membership and get an Audible credit that you can use for any audiobook of your choice from the entire audiobook store. And you can keep that one even after canceling your subscription. So, yes, Plus is worth it. But Audible Premium Plus is better!

I hope this answers your most pressing questions about this unlimited audiobook service. If you haven’t yet, get your 30 day free trial on Audible here**.

If you don’t live in the US, UK, or Canada you might wonder whether you can get Plus as well. The answer is yes! You can sign up to any Audible marketplace from anywhere with your Amazon login. Take a look at my guide on how to sign up to Audible.com and subscribe to Plus or Premium Plus from Australia or anywhere else in the world.

Happy listening!

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9 thoughts on “What is Audible Plus and is it worth it in 2021?”

  1. Brendan Johnson

    It’s not worth it, IMO. I use the public library app Libby (and its predecessor Overdrive) extensively, and I recently tried the new 2020 Audible Premium Plus subscription. I also browsed the offerings from the lower tier plan that acts more like a library (you don’t pay for the books but you don’t own them.)

    It didn’t take long to get the lay of the land. Although I read all kinds of fiction, I don’t read just any book; I have standards 🙂 I also listen to audiobooks a lot; daily. And if I don’t like a book, I stop reading it.

    I found the inexpensive Audible “unlimited” plus plan basically has maybe one or two books each from the really good or prolific writers, and the rest will cost you a credit (basically $15/ea). The other titles are all old classics and unknown authors that you have to wade through to find something decent (similar to the library audio book apps.)

    Anyway I dropped the subscription two days into the trial. I’ll stick with the libraries.

    1. Thank you for your comment 🙂
      There’s little that can beat a good digital library selection! Sadly, that isn’t available to everyone. And I actually do like what I’ve been seeing in Audible Plus lately. They are adding audiobooks every week and there are some pretty decent titles among them.

    2. I suspected such. It would be worth it to me if the plus collection surpassed the public library available audiobooks of prolific writers and without holds on popular titles or hot new releases. I assumed books in high demand aren’t included with membership.

  2. Andi Brandhorst

    I was an Audible reader for years, but decided to drop my membership in favor of Overdrive and Libby. I’ve found that most of the popular books have a waiting list, sometimes of 6 months! Or, I’ll put one on hold that has an estimated wait time of 4 weeks, check out an available audiobook, and then then in the middle of reading the available book, the one on hold becomes available! Or, I find a great book that takes 39 hrs to listen to, but there’s a two-week limit (and I don’t have that much listening time available) so I have to turn it back in before I’m finished with it. I’m going back to Audible, but am not sure which—Plus or Premium.

    1. Thank you for your comment! That sounds pretty annoying. I know many people who are happy with Libby but they all have a second audiobook subscription, too, like Audible Premium Plus or Kindle Unlimited. I hope you find something that works for you 🙂 If you’re interested in popular audiobooks, Audible Premium Plus is probably the best choice for you.

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