Audible.com is the preeminent seller of audiobooks, boasting more than 425,000 titles. They began building this impressive library of spoken content in 1995, somehow anticipating that we would all thoroughly enjoy listening to books.
Reading books by audio beautifully bridges 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.
The best way to access Audible is by subscription.
The most popular Gold Membership is $14.95 a month, which includes 1 audiobook credit per month, a condensed audio version of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, and a 30% discount on any additional books you buy that month. There are a number of other subscription offers available, including gift subscriptions that range from 1 to 12 months.
Books can always be purchased one at a time at the regular price, without a subscription.
If you don’t like the book you’ve chosen, no problem, Audible will exchange it. The content is not limited to books. It includes: informational, educational, entertainment, radio and TV programming. Try the audio versions of magazines and newspapers, and remember Audible now also produces original audiobooks by high profile authors.
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 ask.
There is a second step required to access Audible content on the iOS apps for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Your selection must first be purchased on Audible or on Amazon, and will then appear for downloading on the mobile app.
For added convenience, your Audible activity can, and should, be managed through your Amazon account. To learn more, don’t hesitate to call a “Listening Expert” for help at the Audible customer support phone number below.
Customer Support Line: 888-283-5051
Special thanks for the article idea to a reader who wrote us, reminding us about the pleasant convenience of Audible. We also mentioned Audible in this year’s holiday gift guide, Hottest Low Vision Gifts. Is there a topic that you would like to read about on OE Patients? Email us.