You may, or may not, remember that a few months ago I started a free trial with Amazon Audible.
It was my first time giving audiobooks a proper shot and the first time I saw the huge value and advantage of being able to digest useful book content whilst doing other activities.
It’s a great way of leveraging time that anyone can easily practice.
I’ve now been using Audible for a few months and I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks.
I’ve made some mistakes along the way (some that cost me) so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a few hints and tips to help make sure you don’t make the same mistakes as I did.
So, without any more waffle, here are my 7 tips to help you get the most out of Amazon Audible.
1) Subscribe and get the app
You don’t need to be a member of Amazon Audible to listen to audiobooks. You can simply head over to Amazon and buy an audiobook in the same way you buy a paperback or Kindle ebook.
BUT…it makes no financial sense to do this.
Audiobooks are not cheap. It’s not uncommon to find them listed for £12, £15, or £20+, whereas a subscription to Amazon Audible starts at just £7.99 per month.
Included within your subscription you get 1 free credit per month which you can use to download any audiobook regardless of its costs. So, in essence, you’re getting an audiobook (which is sometimes priced at £20+) for only £7.99.
It’s a no brainer.
…you can also cancel your subscription at any time.
If you are not yet subscribed to Amazon Audible and you would like a free trial (with free credit) then click here.
Secondly, you need to download the Amazon Audible app which you can get for free in your app store.
Once you’ve logged in, it automatically syncs up with your Amazon account. As soon as you’ve purchased an audiobook (with your free credit, obviously) it will be available in your app ready for you to download.
The Audible app is the best and easiest way for you to be able to listen to your audiobooks on the go!
2) Buy credits – not books
So, you’ve used your free credit for the month but you want to listen to another book.
You can, as mentioned above, just hop over to Amazon and buy another audiobook. But that would be a silly idea since buying audiobooks directly does not make financial sense.
Instead, you have two options.
Option number one is that you can upgrade your Audible subscription to include more free credits per month.
Or, option number two (which is the route that I take) is that can just buy more free credits – usually in batches of 3.
A batch of 3 credits costs just £18.00, working out at just £6.00 per credit! And swapping a £6.00 credit for a £20.00 audiobook makes so much more sense.
And don’t worry about having any other spare credits, they’ll stay in your account until you need to use them.
3) Check the Daily Deals
One evening, I was browsing the Audible website looking for my next audiobook when I noticed the Daily Deals section. (You can find it on the homepage once you’ve logged in)
Here, Amazon dramatically reduces the cost of an audiobook for 24 hours only, usually down to £2.99.
If you like fiction books or enjoy listening to a range of different genres, then you’ll probably get the most value out of this tip as I am yet to find a decent business or personal development book featured as a Daily Deal – but I do still log in each day and live in hope.
Either way, I recommend that you take a few seconds (and it will literally take only seconds) to check the deal of the deal. You never know what might appear.
4) Check out the free shows
I didn’t know this at first, but included within your subscription are a selection of free audio shows.
I recently downloaded and listened to one called The 3-Day Effect, which I will be reviewing shortly.
These free shows are a nice little perk to your subscription and give you more bang for your buck.
Again, you’ll find them on the homepage once you’ve logged in. There are a range of different shows and something is bound to take your fancy if you’re looking for something to help fill the gap whilst waiting for your next free credit.
5) Check the audio sample and reviews
Reading a book and listening to a book are two very different experiences.
The narrator of an audiobook can make or break your listening experience, therefore, it’s super important you check them out first.
When viewing an audiobook on Audible, you’re able to listen to a small sample of the book and I highly recommend that you take this opportunity.
You need to make sure that the voice in the sample is a voice that you can listen to for several hours!
After listening to the sample, check out some of the reviews, and see how other listeners found the narrator.
Not all audiobook experiences are created equal!
6) Create a wish list
When browsing Audible for your next listen, I highly recommend making use of the Wish List feature.
This may seem like a simple tip, but creating a Wish List is a very similar exercise to creating a Reading List, both of which will help motivate you to listen/read regularly.
Plus, getting a free credit each month is more exciting when you know exactly what book you want to spend it on.
You can also use the Wish List feature to set yourself small goals. For example, you could pick 12 books that you would want to listen to before the end of the year and add them all to your Wish List.
Each month, when you get your free credit, you can download one of them and dig in. This easy method will help you stay on track to complete all 12 books before the end of the year.
7) Put audiobooks into your daily routine
This is my most important tip. If you do nothing else, put audiobooks into your daily routine!
Find an activity that you do regularly, ideally daily, and listen to your audiobooks every time you do that activity.
Activity examples include walking the dog, commuting to and from work, taking a shower, doing the dishes, cooking, etc.
I always listen to my audiobook when I walk my dog. I have a Working Cocker Spaniel which is a breed that needs a lot of stimulation and because of this, he gets several walks a day.
I know that I will be walking my dog every single day without fail and by tying that activity to listening to audiobooks, it means that I will also listen to audiobooks every single day without fail.
…and because the two activities are tied together, I’m not having to take out any extra time in my day.
This brings me to the end of my 7 tips to help you get the most out of Amazon Audible. I hope you have found them useful.
If you have any other tips or bits of advice that you would like to share, please pop them in the comments below for other people to check out.