Audible is Amazon’s online platform dedicated to Audiobooks. Quite similar to the online Kindle store, it enables you to buy thousands of audiobooks and to listen to them on diverse devices. Here’s how you can get Audible for free.
Sign up for the Audible free trial
The first option is to sign up for the 30-day free trial. To do so, you need only an Amazon account which you use to sign up to Audible. You will then be able to experience it freely for a month. The trial also enables you to download your first book for free, choosing from the 400,000+ available options, with no price restriction.
A subscription to Audible grants you one credit each month. Credits can be used to purchase audiobooks, where each credit is valid towards one single-volume audio-book of any price.
Once the 30-day trial period has passed, you will be charged £7.99/US$14.95 a month, or you can simply cancel the trial before the end date. Despite cancelling, you will still be able to have access to all the books you downloaded during the trial.
Most audiobooks are a lot more expensive than the £7.99/US$14.95 per month membership cost, so you still save money. Note that if you want to purchase more books, you will need to pay extra (most audiobooks seem to cost around £20/US$20).
Get Audible half-price for four months
Amazon has sadly cancelled its extended 90-day free trial for Amazon Prime members, but if you decide you would like to try the service for a little longer you can now get four months half-price at £3.99/month. It's not free, but it's better than paying the full amount.
How to access Audible
To use Audible on your smartphone or tablet, simply download the free Audible app (for iOS and Android). Sign in with your Amazon or Amazon Prime account, and download audiobooks from the ‘Browse’ section of the app or use search bar to find a specific title. Then, press 'Buy Now' to enjoy your purchase.
To access your library on Mac or PC, you will also need to login with your Amazon account. You can listen from your online Library simply by pressing play in the cloud player. Alternatively, you can download the file (you may need to download Audible Manager first) for offline listening.
Audible also works very well with Amazon Echo (read more here). To use Audible via an Echo device, access your library from Echo and make sure that it is switched on, and that you’re logged in to your Amazon account. Then, simply ask Alexa to play your audiobook.
You can control your listening experience by asking Alexa to ‘pause’, ‘resume’, ‘go forward’ or ‘skip a chapter’ (see all Alexa commands for Audible). Audible members with an Echo device can buy books using credits via voice command as well.
How to switch Audible UK
If you want to access books in another language, you can also switch from Audible UK to another country's marketplace. On the app, go into Settings and then choose the Sign Out option from near the bottom of the menu.
One you return to the login page, you should see an option to log into a different marketplace. Tap on the country you prefer and log back in. See's Audible's dedicated section that caters to different devices as well.