Cheat Sheet: Audible Discount Edition!
What’s better than getting audiobooks added to your library every month? How about finding how to get a discount on your Audible membership. The Sun just shared a loophole that gives new users 50% off for three months during the free trial period. Oh and if you’re already a member, don’t worry. There is actually a workaround there too. Today, we will show you how to get a free Audible credit on top of your free trial book during your free trial. Or, if you have an account, how to set up a second to get another free trial book and either a second free book or shave half off your next three months.
Audible, like any business, aims at garnering new customers and retaining their current customers. As a result many subscription services will offer free trials and special offers to bring in new customers. That’s only half of the equation though. Once they have got you in the door, the next step is to keep you in the store. That’s where the Audible incentive offer comes in to play. Audible is just one of many subscription services that will offer a juicy deal if you try to cancel.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR AUDIBLE DISCOUNT
To get an Audible discount, just opt to leave the service. Don’t worry, even if you do you will still be able to sign in and listen to all your current books. When you try to opt out, however, Audible will ask if you’d like to pause your membership or take a 50% discount for three months or get a free credit to stay signed up.
Before you do this, make sure to redeem any current credits or you can lose them. You can pause your membership for any reason for 30, 60 or 90 days. When asked “why do you want to leave” choose the “It’s too expensive” option.
Now if you’re not still in the trial period, there is still a way to take advantage of the offer. Audible accepts Visa and Mastercard credit cards and debit cards as well as Visa or Mastercard prepaid debit cards and gift cards. You can use an alternate email to open a second Audible account, use your prepaid or gift card with a Visa or Mastercard logo and avail the offer.
After this you can even “gift” the book to your primary account. To do this just click on “My Library” and find the book you want to send. Tap the three dots on the right and choose “Share This Book” and voila!
Multiple commenters at Lifehacker have said that just chatting with customer support may work. Just explain that you’d like to pause or cancel your subscription due to the price and they may extend the special offer options.
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE
There are other ways to build your audiobook library at Audible on a budget. One way is to check Kindle deals for deep discounts. You can sometimes find a book discounted 75% or more that’s Whispersync enabled. Whispersync allows you to keep your place across your digital media and across devices. Finished chapter 1 in the audiobook and you open your Kindle to find chapter 2. But that’s only part of the benefit.
Generally when you buy a Whispersync Kindle title you will get an offer to bundle the audiobook at a discount. Stacking the Kindle deal with the Audible offer you can occasionally get the book and audiobook for the same price as both… or even less.
If you keep your eye open in your promotional mails folder or watch for notifications, you can also sometimes find other special offers and flash sales from Audible. You can even find offers via notifications in the app occasionally. For instance, at the moment, Audible is running an offer that was advertised via email and app notification. All you have to do to qualify for a free $10 credit is finish listening to three titles before March 3.
Audible: Your royalty earnings for November are now ready!
Me: Finally, some good news!
Audible: You owe us $5.60 because people returned your books!
— Michael Patrick Hicks (@MikeH5856) December 28, 2019
There are people who specifically buy the book so that they can leave a 1-star review, then return it. So it’s a double whammy for the author and narrator. It’s AWFUL. @audible_com fixed the ACX code issue – but need to fix this one right away.
— 📚Brian’s (Audio)Book Blog📚 (@brians_books) December 28, 2019
So there you have it, just a couple little tricks to save some money while indulging your audiobook fix. Some sites recommend returning audiobooks after you’ve listened to them to “rent” titles which we strongly discourage. Some authors at Twitter and Reddit have reported having the cost of returned books debited from their sales. But don’t worry, there are ample opportunities to save money and find free offers without hurting rights holders and narrators!
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