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All About Audible

Feb 1, 2022

All About Audible

Audible.com is the preeminent seller of audiobooks, boasting more than 500,000 titles, including audible originals, podcasts, documentaries, comedy, journalism, kids, wellness, self-development, theater and more. They began building this impressive library of spoken content in 1995, somehow anticipating that we would all thoroughly enjoy listening to books. 

Reading books in audio formats can beautifully bridge the gap vision loss can cause. Although at first, it may be a minor challenge to retrain yourself to read with your ears instead of your eyes, in no time you will begin loving the experience of being absorbed by the author’s wonderful work. Read an audio book with someone you love, take it with you for a walk, to the gym or on your commute to work.

Cheerful woman with headphones listening to audiobook.
Cheerful woman with headphones listening to audiobook.

Access Audible with a membership plan, or not. Audiobooks can be purchased individually, as you wish. Membership plans are encouraged and include a 30-day free trial period at the start. Plans change so it’s best to review the Plan Options or consult with an Audible representative for clarity. For $7.95 a month, Audible Plus offers unlimited access to a select catalog of books, podcasts and audio sleep and meditation tracks. For $14.95 a month, Audible Premium Plus adds 1 audiobook credit per month from an expanded catalog of best sellers, a 30% discount on cash purchases and it allows you to return books you don’t like within 365 days. Give the gift of an Audible book, or a gift membership for 3, 6 or 12 months. 

Digital content from Audible can be downloaded directly into and played on most Fire tablets, Kindle devices, and Kindle or Audible apps for Android. Don’t forget Alexa in this mix. Your Amazon Echo speaker will read your audiobooks to you as well; just say Alexa, Read My Book. Audiobooks can be purchased directly from the Audible app on an Amazon device. On an Apple device, members are able to download books directly on the app using Audible credits, however, credit card purchases must be transacted on the Audible.com website.

Audible’s customer service support phone representatives are well equipped to help with all questions, issues and transactions. There are 4 options: Press 1 if you are visually impaired and they will get you to an Accessibility Specialist. Press 2 for questions about your Listening Experience. Press 3 for Membership Questions. Press 4 for Technical Support. 

Audible Customer Support Line: 888-283-5051

Audible Membership Options 

This post was first published Nov 29, 2018 and updated Feb 1, 2022.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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