Hey guys! Today I wanted to show you How Audible Works and reveal some great features the platform has. I will give you a look at how to use it via the Audible App on your mobile phones and also show you how to listen to audio books through your desktop computer or laptop.
Audible is my #1 recommendation for listening to books, especially for people who are short on time or enjoy the flexibility of multi-tasking. I have been using Audible for 3 years now and it has allowed me to consume many more books than I would have otherwise been able to if I were reading them physically.
The who, what, when, where and why of things…
What is Audible: Audible is owned by Amazon and is the largest platform for downloading and listening to audio books. It is a paid service offering an ever-increasing library of titles across countless categories, allowing you to buy, download, listen, exchange or keep the books.
How Does it Work: After the free 30-day trial period, you pay a monthly fee and receive 1 credit per month. This credit can be used to download any book for no additional cost, or roll-over for up to 6 credits (equals 6 months). Another way of looking at it, is that you pay for 1 book a month at a fixed fee, no matter the original cost of the book.
You can also buy more audio books beyond your credit availability at a discount of 30% as a member. If you choose to cancel your membership, all the books are still yours to keep forever.
Who is it for: Anyone who reads books, and would instead, like to listen to their books for convenience.
When & Where can it be used: At anytime and any location as long as you have your mobile phone or laptop with you. You don’t even need an internet connection if you pre-download the audio books to your device.
- The service and audio books are Ad free, so no annoying interruptions.
- If you don’t like a book, just ‘return’ it and exchange for another book instead. And its free to do, anytime!
- You get to keep the audio books in your account even if you cancel your membership.
- Ability to sign-up for a free 30-day trial and get two free audio books to listen to.
- Ability to listen on the go and without an internet connection.
- 30% discount on any book as a member.
- I can’t really think of any. Nothing annoys me or is difficult to use. I only remember one issue at the beginning where I couldn’t see my audio books in the app. But after a quick Google, I found out it was because I was signed in to the wrong marketplace. So I signed out, switched the marketplace (located at the bottom of the screen) and all good. An easy fix!
How it helped me and Why I recommend it: I first got into Audible when I started my online business journey. I was looking to buy The Personal MBA book and saw that I could get the audio book for free! Free is good, so I jumped on that straight away!
A quick side note: I only got only 1 audio book for free in the 30-day trial, so definitely jump on the get 2 for free deal here!
I canceled my membership before the end of the 30 days, but but later reactivated my account after finishing my first audio book and realizing how convenient it was to maximize my time while driving to work. Doing this, I could get an hour of learning in each day, which was great when I really got stuck into the business books.
Wanna know a little secret? I now use Audible to check out all books before I buy them physically. Let me explain… so in bookshops, most decent books go for upwards of $20 or more right!? But through my Audible membership, I get 1 book per month at a price of $14.95 (currently). So this means I can check out a book cheaper, and if I don’t like it, I can exchange it (free) for any other book!
If I loved the book so much, I them go and buy the paperback from the bookstore or Amazon.com. Also, with the 30% member discount, I often come across audio books for less than $10, which is great value!
As you can see Audible is definitely one of the best and most value packed Apps for audio books out there! But enough of how I use it, let’s get into how you can use it!
Audible is free to download through the respective App Stores on your mobile phones and it comes packed with plenty of great playback features, as well as full access to the online store. Talk about convenience!
Note: My screenshots were taken on an Android device, so it may look slightly different to yours if you have a iOS (iPhone) or Windows device. However, all the same features and menus are there.
Login Screen and Marketplace
After downloading the app and opening it up you are presented with a login screen. Be sure to select the correct marketplace depending on your location in the world. Typically, it will be Audible.com or your country specific location if it is listed.
If you can’t see your purchased audio books after first logging in, ensure you are in the Cloud menu. If still not, try logging out and switching marketplace to your country specific one. It is located at the bottom of the screen.
The App Library
After logging in you land in the app library which has two main sections, the Cloud and Device. The Cloud lists all the purchased audio books in your account and you will need the internet to access this. You can download or stream audio books from this area.
If you choose to download the books to your device, they can be accessed at anytime from the Device area, even if you are offline. This is great for listening while traveling on a plane!
Audio Book Playback
The audio book playback function is simple and easy to use with a few excellent features!
- Fast-forward or rewind at 2x, 4x and 8x speeds.
- Skip to the next chapter.
- Skip 30 seconds forward, or 30 seconds back at a time (duration is configurable in the Settings).
- If the narration is too slow or too fast for you, you can listen to it at an incremental scale of 0.50x speed up to 3.00x speed, at 0.05 increments. Talk about finding your perfect speed!
- You can also place a bookmark at any point in the audio and write notes about the bookmark for later reference.
The menu on the left allows you to view the chapter list and access your bookmarks.
App Main Menu
The app’s main menu allows your to access additional features other than playback. I go through some of these below.
This area allows you to track and compare:
- Listening Level – based on hours of listening.
- Badges – based on the ways you use the app.
- Listening Duration – today, daily, monthly, total.
- Titles – number of purchased books.
In App Store
The Audible App provides you with convenient access to the entire store, which means you can search and purchase books all within the App. No need to login to the website or provide your credit card details, as with Amazon, Audible stores your credit card information for you, which allows you to purchase in a few clicks.
Audible is great because it does provide you with recommendations for new books based on books you have previously listened to. This allows me to frequently discover new business books to listen to and add to my wish list!
If you come across any book you like or are interested in listening to at a later date, you can add them to your wish list. This way, when you next month’s credit becomes available you can download something from this list.
From within the App you can manage some basic account settings and details, including payment options, however to configure more you will need to visit the website.
If you have access to a computer at work or home, you can also browse the Audible store, manage your library and have full access to your account settings.
From within your library you have the ability to download your audio books as an ‘.aa’ file (Audible Audio file). These files are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management), which means it can’t be simply played by any audio player. In the next section, I go through how you can listen to audio books on your laptop or desktop computer.
Audible on Your Computer
It is great news that Audible books can also be played on your laptop or desktop computer too. Here’s how!
Audible App for Windows 10
For Windows 10, getting access to your audio books is just as easy as it is on your phone. Simply go to the Windows Store, search for “audible”, install and launch the app.
You then login, just like on mobile, and you’re all set!
Audio Books in iTunes
If you are a Mac user, you can listen to your books via iTunes. You just simply download the file from the website (see above), and them it will be available in the Audiobooks section of your iTunes software.
You can also check out the Audible Help Center for downloading an audio book for Mac.
Audible also offers several membership plans for those who use it continually or more often. You can upgrade your membership via the Account Settings on the website, however if the option to upgrade isn’t there, just give the Customer Service a call and they can help you out.
Annual plans offer a small discount over monthly plans, effectively 2 months free (12 months for the price of 10 months), so if you end up having the membership on an ongoing basis it would be worth the upgrade!
I am loving my Audible membership and get great value from the books I listen to and the convenience of the app. All-in-all I believe the Audible is the best audio book app available on the market! If you are looking to really get into listening to books and want the flexibility, definitely take up a subscription. If however, you are still unsure, no problem… you can trial it for (free) for the first 30-days and you’ll get 2 audio books thrown in to test out!
I hope you have found this useful, and if you have any more questions on how Audible works, please feel free to contact me.
Alright, Let’s Do This!
Sign up for a free 30-day trial – no strings attached and you get the 2 free audio books deal (remember if you cancel you still get to keep the books!)
Check out the features, listen to a book or two and see if you like it!
If you do, check out my post on the Top Business Audio Books to help you in your online business journey.
Ask me any questions you might have.
Please leave me a comment or question below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Audible, good or bad!