Audiobooks are now a favorite in my household. I love to listen while I walk, do chores around the house, and on long car trips. I know many readers who love audiobooks as much as I do, but just as many who have never tried an audiobook.
So, I’ve put together this easy guide for you, the new audiobook listener.
First, my three biggest tips:
Once you have the app and a book, you can make listening better for you. I adjust the speed of narration to 1.25-1.3x the regular speed. That pace is most comfortable for me. I’ve read of others who slow down the narration because that’s what suits them. Like adjusting font size on an ereader, you have the ability to customize your listening experience. Take advantage of it!
Knowing what was coming up made it easier to fall into the rhythm of the story. Now I listen to new books all the time, but at first, I picked a favorite book and purchased the audio. I highly suggest this as a learning tool. And if you have a favourite book of mine, even better. ;)
Download the Kobo app from Apple or Android. Kobo offers a free 30 day trial. Your free trial includes one free audiobook. After 30 days, the subscription price is only $9.99. Each month you get one credit for a free audiobook of your choice. You can find my audiobooks on Kobo here!
Download the Google Play Books app from Apple or Android. Then browse the audiobooks and listen! You can find my audiobooks here!
Download the Audible app from Apple or Android.
Log in with your Kindle Account on the Audible app or on the Audible webpage.
Audible offers a free 30 day trial. Your free trial includes 1 audiobook (2 if you are an Amazon Prime Member).
After your free trial, the cost for Audible is $14.95 a month, and includes one free credit to be used on ANY audiobook for the month. Usual suggestion is to use your credit for a full length book, and if you own an ebook that you love already, check the audio price. If it’s been “Whispersynced”, you might be able to buy the audio book for anywhere between $3.99 and $7.99. This works even if you purchase the book during a sale! See my audiobooks here.
Note: you can return audio books purchased at Audible/Amazon. If you start a book and find the narrator is too distracting, or something else is wrong, please return it immediately. If you return a book after listening to the entire book, the author receives no payment.
If you have limited funds for audio I suggest checking with your local library. Most have a growing collection, and with their specific rules, authors WILL receive a royalty.
Want the chance to try an audiobook? Sign up with the form below to request a FREE code from audible, and get started on a Vivian Arend book of your choice!