Since you were a child you have always been fascinated by the fairy tales your parents told you to put you to sleep. Often it wasn’t the story itself that you liked, but the way it was told: you loved hearing your parents’ voice tell a story or read a book. Growing up, you started reading all the books you liked by yourself and, even today, your passion for reading is more alive than ever, so much so that you even switched to eBooks .
However, often you wish you could go back to when you were a child, when your parents told you a story or read you a book, so you decided to try some audiobook service . Since you don’t know anything about it, you tried to search the Internet and came across Amazon’s Audible service, dedicated precisely to audiobooks.
Do you want to know more about it, so you’ve come to this guide of mine to find out how Audible works and understand if it could be the perfect service for your needs? No problem, all you have to do is make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and continue reading the next paragraphs. I just have to wish you a good reading!
- How Audible Amazon works
- Compatible platforms
- How to use Audible
- How to use Audible on smartphones and tablets
- How to use Audible on PC
- How to use Audible on Amazon Echo
How Audible Amazon works
Can’t wait to find out how Audible Amazon works ? Then all you have to do is continue reading the next paragraphs where, in addition to illustrating the service, I will give you all the information you need.
Audible gives you access to over 70,000 exclusive audiobooks and Audible Originals podcasts , which you can listen to at any time both in streaming (via the Internet) and in offline mode, if you previously downloaded them.
Content of all kinds is available, ranging from novels, to thrillers, to the classics of Italian literature. Each audiobook is offered in several languages and allows you to “read” a book by listening to the narration by a professional in the sector, actors or voice actors. For example, if you are a Harry Potter saga lover you should know that all the books are read by the well-known actor and voice actor Francesco Pannofino.
We arrive in the price chapter , because this service is not free, nor included in Amazon Prime . Amazon, in fact, makes the Audible service available upon signing up for a subscription at a cost of 9.99 euros per month . Through this subscription you can access most of the titles available in the catalog. However, some of them are not available through the subscription, you will need to purchase them individually.
When registering for the service, Amazon offers a free one-month trial , which allows you to access the service. At the end of the trial month, the subscription will automatically renew at the price of 9.99 euros per month. If you want to cancel your subscription, you can do it at any time, even during the free trial period. In this way, you will still be able to access the service for the entire trial period and, at the end, the service will stop working.
How do you say? Would you like to find out how Audible works without a subscription ? If you don’t want to subscribe, you can still purchase audiobooks individually.
Want to find out how to use Audible ? You should know that the Amazon audiobook service is only available with compatible platforms . You can access the service through apps for Android and iPhone/iPad devices , web browsers on PCs and Amazon Echo devices . Find it all explained below.
How to use Audible
Now that you know more about this service, can’t wait to find out how to use Audible ? No problem, in this case, just take a look at the next paragraphs, where you’ll find the information you need for all compatible devices.
How to use Audible on smartphones and tablets
To use Audible on smartphones and tablets, you must first download the app for Android devices (also on alternative stores ) and on iPhones and iPads .
Once the app has been downloaded and installed , open it and, after a few seconds of waiting, log in with your Amazon account by typing your credentials in the appropriate fields. If you already have an Amazon app in use with an associated account, just tap the Continue as [your name] button . If, on the other hand, you don’t have an account yet, click on the Register item at the bottom and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.
Once logged in, you will find yourself on the main screen of the app. At the bottom you will immediately notice a bar containing the Welcome tab (the main screen), Library , Explore and Profile . If, on the other hand, you want to search, just tap the button with the magnifying glass icon at the top right.
Once you’ve located the audiobook you want to listen to, you can add it to your library by tapping the Add to Library button . If, on the other hand, you want to start listening immediately, click the Play button : a new screen will open which will contain the music player through which you can manage audiobook playback.
Do you want to unsubscribe from the service? No problem, from the main screen of the app, tap on the Profile tab at the bottom and then tap on Cancel subscription : In the screen that opens, tap on the Cancel Subscription button , then tap on Continue to cancellation and then on Cancel Subscription . Unfortunately this operation is only possible on Android devices. If you use an iPhone or an iPad , you will necessarily have to act via the Web browser , as I showed you in the dedicated chapter .
How to use Audible on PC
Your work takes you to spend several hours in front of the PC, so you would like to understand how to use Audible on PC , in order to have the story of your favorite book in the background.
In this case, first of all you need to register for the service, so go to this page and click on the Sign up button – First 30 days free . On the screen that opens, sign in with your Amazon account and click the Sign In button . If you don’t have an Amazon account, don’t worry, just click on the Create your Amazon account button and follow the on-screen instructions. More info here .
Once logged in, make sure that the payment card selected is the correct one (if not, click the Modify button ), check that the transaction amount is 0.00 euro (first month free trial) and then click the Sign Up Now button .
After a few weeks of waiting, the first month of free trial of the subscription will be activated and you will find yourself on the main screen of the service. In this screen you will find listed, among others, the Bestsellers and Most listened to , while to carry out a search just click on the Search All Audiobooks button . Furthermore, through the links at the top you can access your Library , Wishlist and Audible Originals , which is a section that contains all the podcasts and audio series available exclusively on the platform.
Once you find the audiobook you want to listen to you can decide to add it to your library, so you can find it easily, by clicking on the Add to Library button . If, on the other hand, you want to start listening immediately, click on the Listen Now button : a new screen will open which will contain the music player through which you can manage audiobook playback. For example, you can pause the playback, add a bookmark, increase the speed of the narration or access the various chapters.
The service is not up to your expectations, so you want to cancel your subscription? No problem, in this case, just click on the item relating to your account at the top right and, from the menu that opens, click on the item Account details . In the screen that opens, click on the Unsubscribe button : in the screen that opens, click on the item Continue to cancellation , then click on Cancel Subscription and finally on Finalize the cancellation .
How to use Audible on Amazon Echo
You own a smart speaker from the Echo series from Amazon , through which you usually listen to your favorite music. Now though, you’re wondering how to use Audible on Amazon Echo , aren’t you?
No problem, you need to know that you can also access Amazon’s audiobook service through your Amazon Echo. Doing so is really very simple, in fact all you have to do is call the attention of the voice assistant with the “Alexa” command and then ask the assistant to play a specific book via Audible. If you simply want to continue playback started on your PC or smartphone, just say “continue playback of Audible” : after a few seconds the smart speaker will continue playback of the audiobook. Of course, you can stop playback at any time, access the various chapters and even set a sleep timer.
Furthermore, you will be able to manage playback of the voice assistant via the Alexa app, available for Android devices (also on alternative stores ) and on iPhone and iPad . for more information, check out my tutorial on how Amazon’s Alexa works .