Are you caught up in the audiobook craze?
This isn’t some short-lived trend that’s about to fade away. The audiobook phenomenon is on the rise, which means there’s no excuse to deny yourself your literary fix.
Though there’s no escaping the sad fact that Americans read fewer books per year, we can at least take solace in the upward trends in audiobook publication and consumption.
Notably, there was a sharp increase in the average number of audiobooks listened to between 2019 and 2020. Since Americans had to stay indoors because of the COVID-19 outbreak, they were forced to find ways to keep themselves entertained. Thankfully, audiobooks were at hand.
Now that you’ve digested these nice little tidbits, how would you like to have a free audiobook? Perhaps even two?
Audible: A success story that’s loud and clear
Audible, the world’s largest audiobook producer, can get you those freebies and so much more.
“Wide selection” doesn’t even begin to describe the catalog of this Amazon-owned media brand. You have audio versions of classics and fresh titles alike, just about every category of podcast in existence, reflection and meditation, bedtime stories, and whatnot.
(Check this out: Audible even has a category called “Sleep 101,” which offers titles that help you go to sleep with short pieces about sleep. Go ahead. Yawn.)
From its humble beginnings of selling portable media players in the late 1990s, Audible has achieved remarkable growth after nearly three decades in the industry, and this media juggernaut will continue to delight our ears for years to come.
How to get a freebie (or two) from Audible
Thankfully, Audible is in the mood to share free stuff.
Here’s how it works. Audible lets you enjoy a 30-day free trial, which allows you access to its massive Audible Plus Catalog. Sweet, right?
Along with access to this audio library, the free trial also entitles you to one credit, which you can use to acquire any audiobook from that catalog. That’s right—your free access comes with a free audiobook!
Now, if you happen to be an Amazon Prime member, you actually get two credits—which means two free audiobooks. (Great interbrand promotion, Amazon!)
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As is the case with the free trial of several other subscription services, you’ll get an email shortly before your Audible trial wraps up. On or before the end of your free trial, you can cancel it or do nothing and continue to enjoy the Audible catalog for $14.95 a month.
Is the price worth it? Absolutely! Instead of settling for limited audiobook libraries or inferior knock-offs elsewhere, you can get the real stuff at Audible. (Seriously, where else would you get the glorious voice of Rob Lowe telling you all about the story of Rob Lowe?)
Of course, if you don’t want to pay this monthly fee, you can simply grab your one audiobook—two, if you’re Team Amazon for life—and listen to it as often as you like.
(6 Sleep Myths Debunked seems like a good place to start—that is, if you even make it past the first myth!)