Here on Lovely Audiobooks, I mostly talk about all the upsides of various audiobook subscriptions. Nevertheless, I will now not only tell you how to cancel Audible but also why it might be a great idea!
The Benefits of Canceling an Audible Membership
Well, maybe you just don’t like audiobooks and this will be the only time you’ll ever visit my blog. Then it’s a given that you should cancel the Audible membership as it will obviously save you a lot of money on something you don’t need. That sure is a benefit. However, if you do love audiobooks, canceling Audible might still be beneficial for you!
Firstly, during the cancelation process, Audible often offers a significant discount if you agree to continue your membership. You might get a 3 months or 12 months membership for up to 50% less!
Since your membership starts over again and you get billed right away when you do this, Audible doesn’t mind at all when you cancel just to subscribe again. That being said, you can’t do this all the time. They simply won’t offer you a discounted subscription every time.
Secondly, while Audible overall offers great quality for the price, it isn’t the only audiobook subscription in town. And something else might fit you much better!
If the Audible membership is too expensive for you, you could look into buying audiobooks from Chirp or through Amazon Whispersync deals and continue listening to one or two audiobooks a month but get them for less than $10.
If you want to cancel Audible because you want to listen to much more than 1 audiobook per month and it’s too expensive, you could look into Kindle Unlimited, Audiobooks com Clubs, or take a closer look at Audible Plus (which is included in a normal Audible membership but many people don’t know about this yet).
Related article: Find out which Unlimited Audiobooks Subscription is best for you
If you simply had it with Amazon and Audible’s questionable treatment of authors, you can choose to support indie bookstores instead! LibroFM is an audiobook service with a membership model similar to Audible’s. But you buy your audiobook from an independent bookstore of your choice instead of a big multinational!
Personally, I used to cancel my Audible subscription all the time because I just didn’t need it, listening mostly to free audiobooks or to Audible books I bought cheaper with Whispersync. Only with the start of Audible Plus did I actually take the step and signed up for a 1-year subscription with a very sweet discount. Each credit now costs me little more than what I usually spend on a Whispersync audiobook and I get access to Audible Plus which I have come to enjoy greatly!
How to Cancel Audible Subscriptions
Now, before we get to the technical part, be aware that you cannot keep your Audible credits once you cancel your membership! Make sure you spend them all before you go through the cancelation process.
But don’t worry, you keep all the Audible books you bought! And of course, you can join again at any time. You will keep your account and access to your own audiobook library. Once you cancel, you won’t get any monthly Audible credits anymore, and you will lose access to the Audible Plus catalog, until you sign up again.
If you are currently on a free trial with Audible, you can also cancel right away and won’t get charged! The audiobook purchase you made with your test month credit will stay in your library. And as I said before, you can always log into your Audible account, even when you don’t have an active subscription.
You can only cancel Audible yourself in a browser, not in the app!
To cancel your Audible subscription, navigate to the upper right corner where it says “Hi” and your name. Click there. Now a menu opens up stating your current membership status. The first link in the menu is Account Details. Once you click on that, you arrive on an overview page.
At the bottom of this page, there’s a button saying “Switch membership”, and right next to it is a text link saying “Cancel membership”. Click on that and Audible will guide you through the rest of the cancelation process. This looks different depending on whether or not they offer you a discounted membership.
If you feel uncomfortable with the cancelation process, you can also contact Audible customer support to have them cancel your membership for you.
And you have the option to pause your membership. That can be a nice alternative if you have Audible credits left over and don’t know what to spend them on. However, pausing means you will have to remember to cancel Audible before it renews and you get billed again.
Personally, I prefer to spend any left-over credits on pre-orders if there are no titles right at that moment that I want to buy. Your pre-orders will remain active even when you cancel Audible and the audiobooks will be added to your library once the title is released.