How to buy Audible credits is a legit question. So if you’re asking, know you’re not alone! The way Amazon has set up the process had me a bit confused in the beginning as well.
But if you can work your way past the Audible credit puzzle, Audible is such an amazing tool for listening to books for personal growth or for a little escape, especially when you can’t stay up late enough at night to read them (heyyyyy, mamas!!) In this blog post, we will explore both how to buy Audible credits (plus other functional things you need to know) and how I use Audible for practical personal growth in a packed stage of motherhood — you can too! Let’s get into it.
How to buy Audible credits and other functional things you need to know!
To understand how to buy credits on Audible, we need to get a few things straight. Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Understanding Audible credits
- Choosing the right subscription plan
- How to buy Audible credits
- Making the most of Audible credits
1. Understanding Audible credits
Audible credits are essentially vouchers that enable you to purchase audiobooks from the vast Audible library. Each credit allows you to download and own a single audiobook, regardless of its price. These credits can be purchased individually or through various subscription plans offered by Audible.
2. How to buy credits on Audible: Buy one book at a time or choose your subscription plan
You can buy one book at a time or Audible provides several subscription options, which is nice because they also have a variety of price points and you can pick the one that best suits your budget and your needs. There are two main factors to think through: monthly or annual payment and what titles you have access to.
Skip the subscription and buy one book at a time instead
Pro: No subscription
Con: Books cost more
Within the Audible app, you can only buy books with credits. If you don’t want to buy a subscription, you can buy an Audible book via Amazon and listen to it though the Audible app. If you’re buying a book to test it out, don’t forget that you get a free trial so you might as well get your title for free!
Here’s what it will look like when you buy a book with $$ instead of credit
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably less common to buy Audible books one book at a time with $$ instead of credits because the credits make most books cheaper than if you were to purchase them with $$.
If you have a subscription plan, acquiring Audible credits is straightforward:
- Log into your account via Audible website or Audible app
- Navigate to the title that you want to listen to
- Select “Buy with 1 Credit”
Plans start at $7.95 per month after free trial (yes, there’s a free trial!). Plus, you can cancel anytime, which is always a plus. Here are your options:
$7.95/month: listen all you want to thousands of included titles in the Plus Catalog.
$14.95/month: includes the Plus Catalog + 1 credit per month for any premium selection title.
Here’s what it looks like when you take advantage of the free trail with your first book choice.
$149.50/year: includes the Plus Catalog + 12 credits a year for any premium selection titles.
4. Making the most of Audible credits
Once you’ve decided to take the leap into Audible land, check out some of my best practices for making the most of your credits!
Get your browse on!
Audible offers a vast library spanning various genres, including fiction, self-help, personal development, and more. Explore different categories to find books that resonate with your interests and goals.
Read reviews and ratings
Before committing to an audiobook, read customer reviews and ratings to get a sense of its quality and suitability for your preferences. Remember, the book might be an amazing read, but the Audible version reviews are what you want!
Sample, sample, sample
Audible allows you to listen to short excerpts of audiobooks before making a purchase. This feature helps you gauge the narrator’s style and their voice to make sure it’s something you want to listen to for several hours. I never skip this step!!
Don’t be afraid to return a title that isn’t what you expected
I’m really impressed with this feature from Audible. When you have an Audible subscription, you can return a title that isn’t jiving with you, no reason needed. Obviously you want to use this feature with some integrity. I recently returned Paris Hilton’s new book. I was excited to read it, but I found myself really bored with it really quickly and I knew I wasn’t going to finish it, so I returned it!