Audible is a company under Amazon that produces and sells spoken-word entertainment, specifically, unabridged audio versions of books. Why read a book when you can listen to a book?
This method of reading comes in handy when you’re driving somewhere or doing some type of manual labor. I also like to listen to a good book while going to sleep. I put my earbuds in and set the sleep timer to 30 minutes. The following day, I go back to my audio book and rewind it back 25 minutes or so to find the exact spot I left off.
I’ve tried setting the timer to a shorter timeframe, but I’m almost always still awake when the book shuts off. There’s just something special about the 30-minute sleep setting. It puts me out like an injection of Propofol.
The problem with Audible is the pricing. You’re expected to keep up a monthly subscription that provides one credit a month. Each book you buy costs one credit. A monthly subscription costs $14.95. That means every book you buy through Audible is $14.95.
I canceled my Audible membership a few months ago. When I originally joined Audible, I received three credits. This allowed me to add a number of books. I needed time to catch up and listen to all the books I acquired.
I still have a few books I haven’t listened to. The problem is Fields of Fire, the fifth book in the military science fiction Frontlines series by Marko Kloos just came out. I love this series. If I wanted to buy the audio version of the book without any Audible credits, it was going to cost $10.49. If I wanted to renew my Audible subscription, it was going to cost $14.95, the price of one audible credit.
Why would anyone choose to renew their Audible subscription over just buying the audio book?
It gets worse. If I buy the Kindle version of the book, it’s only $4.99. If I do that, I can add the Audible version for only $3.99 extra. For less than nine bucks, I would get the Kindle version and the Audible version. Plus, the two formats would sync with each other. I could read the Kindle version on my iPad and then later switch to the Audible version. It would auto sync to where I left off on my iPad.
So that’s what I did, I purchased the Kindle version with the Audible version add-on. Why would anyone do anything different? With the current pricing system, I don’t see myself ever renewing my monthly subscription with Audible. Even though my subscription has lapsed, I still have full access to the app and the books I’ve acquired. I can even add audio books I get through other means to the Audible app.
Amazon should lower the price of an Audible subscription. The current price makes no sense.
Also published on Medium.