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Technology is reshaping the way we do everyday activities, and reading has not certainly been excluded from that. Unsurprisingly, in the past few years there has been an explosion of audiobook services.
In this post we will talk about the most famous one, Audible, and try to answer the question: is it worth it as a university student?
In order to do this, we will look at how it works, why it is worth it at university & why not, and, ultimately, how to try it for free step by step!
What is Audible
Audible is the world’s largest producer of digital audiobooks and it’s owned by Amazon. Basically, you become a “listener” rather than a reader, a professional narrator reads the book for you and takes you through the journey.
As it quickly became the biggest player in the market, also thanks to being able to rely on an establish customer base (Amazon), its service is now the most used worldwide.
Pretty much all bestsellers books have been converted to audiobooks, their collection is just massive. A new book is published? It goes on Audible.
The best podcast shows (which are particularly popular at the moment)? They are on Audible. At the end of the day, it all makes sense.
Authors want to be on it to take advantage of such large audience; on the other end, Audible wants to attracts, satisfy and keep as many people as possible.
Who does it do that? By continuing to expand its current selection and improving its service. It all links together, both sides win and the final audience, the listeners, enjoy the benefits of such collaboration.
How Audible works
Audible business model is based on a subscription service that offers different benefits according to the membership plan you subscribe to.
There are various membership plans, although the basic (we will see them all later) is the most common among university students.
However, the great thing of all this is that Audible offers a free 30-day trial! We will go through how to get it step by step (if you are just interested in this part you can scroll down towards the end of the post).
The free trial is by far the best way to assess if Audible is worth it as a student. It will basically give you a taste of how everything works.
What do you get with the Audible free trial (UK)?
Basically, this is how the Audible free trial works: you get one credit, which you can then use to get an audiobook of your choice.
(p.n. if you are already an Amazon Prime member, you will get two tokens in your free trial and not one)
Once you choose your audiobook, it qualifies as a “purchase”, so you also get to download it and keep it in your library forever.
This is particularly useful as you can listen to it offline without using data or incur in signal issues.
On top of that, you get unlimited access to the “Plus catalogue”, which contains thousands of selected Audible originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
What are the different Audible plans and how much they cost UK
See below the different Audible membership plans and how they work:
- 1 Book Monthly membership: £7.99/month
- 2 Book Monthly membership: £14.99/month
- 12 Books Annual membership: £69.99/year
- 24 Books Annual membership: £109.99/year
The difference is quite self explanatory, with the first two options you get respectively 1 and 2 credits per month to buy, download and keep audiobooks in your library; and you pay for the subscription monthly.
With the last two options you get all your credits at once, meaning that you could get your 12, or 24, audiobooks all at once; you pay for this annually (upfront).
Again, few things to point out: regardless of the membership you go for, you will still have unlimited access to the Audible Plus catalogue.
This includes thousands of Audible originals, podcasts and audiobooks. Although there is a large variety to choose from, most students seem to list a lot to audiobooks/podcasts around productivity and motivation.
Moreover, should you want to listen to an audiobook which is not in the plus catalogue, and you have used your credit(s) already, you would still be able to buy it individually (usually at a discounted price for members.)
Why Audible is worth it at university
There are a number of reasons that make Audible worth it as a student, let’s go through the main ones.
Firstly, it is extremely useful for those students who like reading, but they cannot simply add more on top of their already busy university workload.
However, it is also a very good options for those who are not much into reading, but that always wanted to start.
In fact, it is quite common for those students to actually try reading some physical books, and then give up due to lack of consistency.
If that is your case, Audible is very much worth it at university as it will allow you “to read” more books as a student.
Furthermore, another plus of Audible is its actual use. You can just put your headphones on when commuting, or maybe in the evening before bed time, and listen to your favourite audiobooks and podcasts.
Unlike physical books, where people around you can see what you are reading, nobody can actually know what you are listening to, which is another plus.
Lastly, another benefit of Audible as a student is the actual content. As well as books and podcasts that you might want to listen to for your entertainment, you can find great academic content that might be relevant (and helpful) to your university studies!
Why Audible is not worth it at university
After going through the main reasons why Audible is worth it at university, let’s also go through why it might not be.
The main, and probably only factor to consider here is the price. In most cases, students have to cope with a tight budget at university.
Adding another monthly subscription to other expenses would add up to that tightness. Another thing to mention here is that you don’t actually need an Audible subscription to buy audiobooks.
Once you sign in or download the Audible app, you could buy them individually. However, most likely you won’t be able to get discounts (as you would with a subscription).
Basically, what this means is that if you like listening to audiobooks, and you want to listen to many of them, an Audible membership is worth it.
On the other hand, if you just want to pick one time to time, you might be better off by doing that individually.
However, the best way to assess it is by using the free trial, which lasts for 30 days and can really give you a sense of what Audible is like.
How to sign up to the Audible free trial step by step
The sign up process is very easy, let’s go through it step by step:
- Go to the Audible Free Trial landing page;
- Click on “Start your free trial” or “Continue to try for free”;
- (sign in with your Amazon account if you have one – verify and skip the below); or
- Create an account (name, email, password);
- Payment details (don’t worry, this is only needed to sign up);
- Verify your email address;
- Enjoy your 30-day free trial.
The only thing to keep in mind is to cancel it before the end of the trial, otherwise it will automatically renew as basic membership plan.
Recommended audiobooks for university students
If you are looking for some recommendations on audiobooks, in this other post we went through the best books to build good habits and a successful mindset at university.
You might find that list useful as most of those books are available as both, audiobooks on Audible, and actual physical books.
Conclusions, Is Audible worth it as a university student?
In this post we looked at Audible from a university student’s perspective. We discussed how it works, the main benefits (and drawbacks) for students, the different memberships, and how to get the free trial step by step.
After all this, you should have a better idea of how everything works and if this might benefit you in any way, either personally or academically.
The service is nowadays very popular among the student community, and the general consensus is that Audible is quite useful.
In any case, the best way is to assess it yourself, which is why the free trial is great.
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