The audio-world is abuzz with a new thing: Audible Plus! When Audible promises us “thousands of audiobooks” included for free in our membership, we’re here for it! So, let’s see what we know so far, what changes for you, and if this is a good thing or what…
How much does Audible Plus cost?
An Audible Plus membership is only $7.95 per month and 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 it works…
Can I keep the Audible Plus books?
No, this 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.
Will all Audible Escape books move to Audible Plus?
No, Audible Plus is a new and different subscription. A few Audible Escape books have moved to Plus, the rest are available to buy.
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).
Is Audible Plus worth it?
Generally speaking, you get a whole lot of listening for very little money. However, Audible Plus only contains a fraction of the Audible catalog. Read more…
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Audible Unlimited – Now for Real!
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 new service, you get unlimited access to thousands of Audible Original and Audible Studios productions. So, instead of picking two Originals a month as a member, you can now listen to all of them.
The most important thing about Audible Plus right now 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. For your $14.95, you now 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.
Yes, if you have a normal Audible.com membership, you now automatically also have Audible Plus without any extra cost!
The standard Audible Premium Plus membership now also includes an unlimited audiobook subscription like Kindle Unlimited. At the same time, Audible Escape has been discontinued which was heartbreaking for many Romance audiobook fans. The Plus catalog offers first and foremost Audible Originals and titles produced by Audible Studios. Some of their productions that were previously available through Audible Escape will now be included in Plus instead.
How does Audible Plus work?
Audible Plus titles don’t have a special icon like Audible Escape audiobooks used to. And unfortunately, when you’re not logged into an account with an active Audible Premium Plus or Plus membership, you can’t easily see which audiobooks would be free for you if you sign in or sign up. You also can’t access the free audiobooks while your membership is paused.
Once you are logged in and signed up though, included audiobooks have a special tag (aptly named “Included”) and the buttons next to the audiobooks change from Buy options to “Play” or “Add to Library”. For what it’s worth, you can now stream audiobooks and don’t have to download them. Downloading them is still an option, too, though.
Other than that it’s really an 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 Audible Plus 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, Audible Plus has over 9000 titles and adds new titles 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 Audible Plus catalog includes around 9000 audiobooks and 300 podcasts.
Thriller and Mystery: 1000
Science Fiction and Fantasy: 800
Children’s Books: 540
Young Adult: 200
2000 titles in the Audible 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.
Related article: The best Romance audiobooks in Audible Plus
Audible Plus vs Premium 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’ll be entirely happy with Audible Plus vs Premium Plus, whether it’ll feel like enough for you, depends on which kinds of audiobooks you enjoy and if you can find enough Plus titles that you really enjoy.
To sum it up, if you’re 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 and listen to it even after canceling your subscription. So, yes, Audible Plus is worth it. But Audible Premium Plus is better!
I hope this answers your most pressing questions about the new Audible Plus unlimited audiobook service. If you haven’t yet, get your 30 day free trial on Audible here**.
You don’t live in the US and wonder whether you can get Audible Plus as well? Check out my guide on how to sign up to Audible.com and subscribe to Plus or Premium Plus from anywhere in the world!