How To Listen to All the Audiobooks Without Going Broke…
If you love audiobooks like me you have your Audible subscription and two days after you got a new credit, you are already out of credits and out of audiobook again. Fortunately, there are ways to get your daily hours of reading without having to buy each one individually!
#1 Binging on Romance
A whole lot of romance genre audiobooks are now part of the The Audible Romance Package. During your subscription you can binge to your heart’s content, listening to any and all of those audiobooks marked with an “R” in a purple square in the upper right corner. Audible offers several additional ways to search through the many books by providing lists based on category, character types, steaminess, and story themes. It’s a great way to check out new authors, too.
Not all international Audible sites offer this, but your Amazon log-in works on all affiliated sites. So you can just subscribe to the Romance Package on Audible.com no matter where you’re from. In the Audible app make sure that you log out of your account, then choose Audible.com in the dropdown, and then log back in so you can see your Romance Package audiobooks.
When your subscription runs out the “R”-audiobooks you downloaded will be deleted from your device.
#2 Self-Published Bliss with so much Variety
Kindle Unlimited will also feed your audiobook addiction. Simply toggle e-Books with Audible Narration in the left bar and you see all those KU books that come with an audiobook. Some audiobooks are entirely free during your subscription, and some you can buy for a reduced price while having the e-book downloaded (“Audio Upgrade”). In that case, you own the audiobook and can listen to it whenever you want. If you got it for free as part of your KU subscription, it will be deleted from your device when the subscription runs out. From some countries you can’t get a Kindle Unlimited subscription on Amazon.com but will have to use your national Amazon. That’s no problem though since you will still have the same choices available to you.
#3 The Fancy Yet Economical Choice
Yes, at first the Annual Platinum subscription seems to have a shocker price. But, as with so many things, if you buy in bulk, the price per item drops considerably. In this case, since Platinum means you get 2 credits per months and the annual plan only costs the equivalent of 10 months, compared to the monthly plan, the price per credit drops by more than 30%! So in that light, it’s worth considering. These are also all books that will remain in your possession if you cancel your subscription at some point. Many national audible sites do not offer this plan, so make sure you choose Audible.com!
You will find a lot of promises online for sites with free audiobooks or sites that claim to be cheaper than Audible. I did not include any of those because they just do not measure up. The quality of the production, narration and stories is much lower than on Audible. And you won’t find any of the popular authors, not even the popular self-published authors there.
I have heard a lot of good things about library services like Hoopla. Some of them have popular audiobooks in their program. But sadly, this option isn’t available to everyone as you, firstly, need to have a local library that is taking part, and, secondly, they need to actually have any of the audiobooks you want.