Get the Most from Your Audible Subscription
People have passed down their culture from generation to generation through spoken word. Reading, on the other hand, is a relatively recent human invention that requires the brain to convert symbols to words in order to decipher the meaning. Maybe it's not surprising then that I enjoy listening to a book more than reading it.
While I still love to sit and read, I have little time to do so. I am often on my feet doing simple tasks, so instead of reading, I listen to books on my iPhone. My go-to source for audiobooks is Audible. Owned by Amazon, Audible offers a huge selection of titles. Here, I'll share some tips for growing your audiobook library as inexpensively as possible. Signing Up
When you become an Audible member, you pay $15 per month and receive a monthly credit that you can cash in for a book of your choice. I use my credits to buy longer, more expensive e-books such as Neal Gabler's 34-hour Walt Disney and James Clavell's 53-hour Shogun. Whispersync: Read and Listen to Books
Amazon often lets you purchase a book's Audible and Kindle e-book versions as a discounted bundle. These bundles feature Whispersync. With Whispersync, you can seamlessly read the Kindle version on your iPhone, switch to the audio version on your commute, and then continue reading the e-book, all while Amazon keeps track of your place.
To purchase a Whispersync bundle, you must buy the Kindle e-book first. When checking out on Amazon, look for the “Add Audible narration” checkbox to add the audio companion.
If you've purchased Kindle books in the past, Amazon lets you buy any available audio companions any time with a feature called Audible Matchmaker. Just visit amazon.com/ gp/audible/matchmaker. All your Kindle purchases eligible for Whispersync audio versions will be listed along with discounted Audible prices.
Often the Whispersync bundle costs less than a standalone Audible purchase. Classics are especially cheap. Bundles for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Wizard of Oz are less than $2 and best sellers, such as Jack Welch's Winning and Gregory Berns' How Dogs Love Us cost between $5–$15. Get Your Daily Deal
One of my favorite things about the Audible membership is the Daily Deal. Each day, Audible offers me a best-selling audiobook from between $1.95 and $4.95. On the Daily Deal, I've picked Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, and The Great Courses Secret Life of Words. (Fans of The Great Courses can purchase many lecture series with a $15 Audible credit, which costs much less than purchasing the course directly).
If you like to read and spend a lot of your time doing mindless tasks such as housework, commuting, or exercising, I strongly recommend audiobooks.
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