How to Return an Audible Book

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Have you bought an Audible book you don’t like and want to return it? No problem. It’s surprisingly easy to return an Audible book and get a full refund. Whether you bought the wrong book by mistake, don’t like it after the first chapter, or just can’t get into the narration, we’ll explain how to return books on Audible. Audible’s Return Policy Returning audiobooks is one of the best Audible insider tips everyone should be aware of. But before you start the return process, it’s wise to review the requirements for returning a book on Audible. First, you must be…

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Have you bought an Audible book you don’t like and want to return it? No problem. It’s surprisingly easy to return an Audible book and get a full refund.

Whether you bought the wrong book by mistake, don’t like it after the first chapter, or just can’t get into the narration, we’ll explain how to return books on Audible.

Audible’s Return Policy

Returning audiobooks is one of the best Audible insider tips everyone should be aware of. But before you start the return process, it’s wise to review the requirements for returning a book on Audible.

First, you must be an Audible member to return books. If you use the service, you’re likely to be a member. The standard plan costs $15/month and includes a credit for one book of your choosing every 30 days. While you can buy from Audible without a membership, it’s more expensive to do so.

Audible also requires that you return books within 365 days of purchasing them. This gives you plenty of time, but you still can’t return a book you bought three years ago and forgot about.

You should also know that you’ll receive a refund in the same way you purchased the book. If you used a monthly credit to buy your book, you’ll get the credit back. Whereas if you paid for the book, you’ll get a refund for the cost.

Finally, make sure to play fair with this system. It’s designed so you don’t ever regret trying a new audiobook, but you shouldn’t use it to game the system. Audible may suspend your account if you return books too often.

How to Return a Book on Audible

To return an Audible book, you’ll need to visit the desktop or mobile site. There’s no option to do so in the app.

Visit the Audible homepage and click Sign in at the top-right. Then log in with your Amazon/Audible credentials.

Next, mouse over Hi, [Name]! near the top of the page and click Account Details. On the left side of the page, click the Purchase History option.

Audible Account Settings

By default, this will show all your orders in the last 365 days (which are the ones eligible for return). For each book, you’ll see the date you purchased it and can click Order details for more.

In the Options column, you’ll see a Return Title button for any book that’s eligible for return. Click this, and Audible will ask you why you’re returning it. These include reasons like Did not like the narrator, Bought it by mistake, and similar.

Audible Return Audiobook

Once you’ve chosen a reason, click Return Title again to confirm that you want to return it. That’s all it takes; Audible will start processing the return.

If you bought that book with a credit, you’ll immediately have that credit back to use on another book. In the case of purchase by card or other method, you’ll receive a refund after several days.

Can’t Return an Audible Book?

If you see Not eligible for return next to your book, you unfortunately won’t be able to do this. The most likely case is that it’s been more than 365 days since you bought the book. However, Audible notes that “Only a certain number of titles can be returned using the online tool.”

Thus, the company may have restricted your return privileges. The help page states that it’s willing to chat with you to help you find books you’ll enjoy, but you can also contact Audible to process the return in some cases. Click the why? text next to Not eligible for return, then click the Contact us link in the resulting window to access the support page.

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Meanwhile, if you’ve had enough of the service, follow our guide detailing how to cancel Audible.

Audible Returns Made Easy

Audiobooks aren’t cheap, so it’s important that you enjoy every one you choose to read. Next time a book isn’t what you thought it would be or you can’t stand the narrator, return it. Audible has thousands of other books to choose from, so the chances are you’ll love the next one you choose.

Speaking of which, we’ve listed some great Audible books everyone should listen to. And if you discover they’re not to your taste at least you now know how to return them!

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8 Ways to Give the Gift of Audiobooks This Year

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Audiobooks make fantastic gifts. They can transport your friends and loved ones to a faraway place, teach them something new, or make a long commute less boring. This makes audiobooks a fitting gift for any book lover. Figuring out how to give an audiobook as a gift, however, isn’t always so obvious. And sometimes even the most popular audiobook services don’t make it easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help. And just in time for the holidays too. 1. Amazon Amazon’s downloadable audiobooks are only available through Audible. So if you want a digital version of an audiobook, you’ll need to…

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Audiobooks make fantastic gifts. They can transport your friends and loved ones to a faraway place, teach them something new, or make a long commute less boring. This makes audiobooks a fitting gift for any book lover.

Figuring out how to give an audiobook as a gift, however, isn’t always so obvious. And sometimes even the most popular audiobook services don’t make it easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help. And just in time for the holidays too.

1. Amazon

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Amazon’s downloadable audiobooks are only available through Audible. So if you want a digital version of an audiobook, you’ll need to sign up to Audible (which, as we’ll see in a moment, doesn’t let you gift individual titles).

Amazon still sells audiobooks on CD, though. And you can have them gift-wrapped and sent to your loved one if you’d like. If your recipient wants their audiobook in a digital format, once they have the CD they can technically do what they want with it.

2. Audible

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Although Audible no longer allows you to gift single audiobooks, you can still give a gift subscription. Head to the Audible Gift Center (just click the link or scroll to the bottom of the Audible homepage) and you’ll see subscription options. There are one-, three-, six-, and 12-month subscriptions with prices from $15 to $150.

What will your recipient get with this subscription?

  • If they’re not currently an Audible subscriber, they’ll get one credit for any free book per month, along with two Audible Originals (exclusive audio titles you won’t find on any other service), and discounts on other books.
  • If they already subscribe to Audible, they’ll get all of the credits immediately. That means they’ll get one, three, six, or 12 free audiobooks right away, plus the two Audible Originals per month.

Audible isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best services out there. And if the book lover in your life can take full advantage of Audible, they’ll get more than your money’s worth. They can always cancel Audible if they decide it’s not for them.

3. Audiobooks.com

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Like Audible, Audiobooks.com doesn’t let you gift individual books. But there are a number of gift options, including one-, three-, six-, and 12-month plans priced from $14.95 to $149.40. These are good for one book download a month. Check out the Audiobooks.com Gift Center to choose one.

With prices comparable to Audible, this is a similarly attractive option, especially if you’d rather stay away from Amazon. And if you know that the audiobook fan you’re buying for already listens via Audiobooks.com, it’s a good way to go.

4. AudiobooksNow

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You may not have heard of AudiobooksNow, but it’s one of the best ways to give an audiobook as a gift. You can easily give single books as gifts by finding the one you’re looking for and clicking Give as Gift below the Add to Cart button.

But you can also give a Gift Plan membership for $29.99. This gives members 50 percent off 12 books a year, and 35–40 percent off of books after that. There are no credits for free books like in other plans, but the saving on the first 12 books is valued at around $120. Go to the AudiobooksNow Gift Center to get started.

And there’s also a third way: gift certificates. These are a great budget option—they’re available in $5 increments starting at just $10—and allow your recipient to spend them on whatever book they want.

5. Downpour

Unfortunately, Downpour doesn’t have any gifting options available. However, because their audiobooks are DRM-free, you can simply buy one yourself and send it to your gift recipient.

They can then use an audiobook app to listen to it as they would do with an audiobook they purchased themselves.

6. Apple iTunes

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If you’re looking to gift a single audiobook, and your recipient has an Apple device, this is your best bet. There’s no subscription option, and it only take a few clicks to buy an audiobook as a gift.

  1. Open up iTunes and switch over to the Audiobooks section.
  2. Click Store in the top menu.
  3. Search for the book you want, then click the arrow next to the Buy Audiobook button.
  4. Select Gift this Audiobook.

Then just follow the instructions to complete your purchase from there.

7. Libro.fm

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In addition to supporting independent bookstores, which is awesome, Libro.fm offers two ways to give audiobooks as presents.

First, you can gift individual books. No subscription necessary. Just search for the book you want, and when you find it, click Gift this Audiobook. Be sure to choose your favorite independent bookstore before you buy the book so they get credit for your purchase.

But if you’d prefer to give a subscription, you can do that too. Libro.fm offers one-, three-, six-, and 12-month plans priced from $15 to $165. This gets the recipient their choice of one audiobook a month. Visit the libro.fm Gift Center to get started.

8. Scribd

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Like Audible, Scribd is a popular subscription service that lets readers access one audiobook a month in addition to three ebooks. This combination makes sure Scribd is great value.

The standard subscription fee is $8.99/month, but you can buy a gift subscription for $25 (for three months), $50 (for six months), or $100 (for one year). Just head to the Scribd gift page to get started.

Why You Should Give the Gift of Audiobooks This Year

Whether your gift recipient is a long-time fan of audiobooks or just starting to explore the medium, giving them either an individual book or a subscription as a gift is a perfect way to support their hobby.

And if you think you know someone who might be interested in audiobooks, but hasn’t yet taken the plunge, try gifting them one of these awesome audiobooks for people who don’t like audiobooks. They really are some of the best audiobooks available.

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How to Cancel Audible in 6 Easy Steps

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Where can you ask Jeremy Irons, Jake Gyllenhaal,  Bryan Cranston, and Kate Winslet to whisper in your ear? Amazon’s Audible is the world’s largest seller of audiobooks. Is that making you think twice about cancelling your Audible subscription? Even then, let’s see how to cancel an Audible subscription in a few easy steps. If you are an audiobook lover, then”Is Audible worth it?” is a legitimate question. You also might have your own genuine reason to cancel your Audible account. Is it any of the ones below? Reasons for Cancelling an Audible Subscription Audible has a lot of pros for audiobook…

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Where can you ask Jeremy Irons, Jake Gyllenhaal,  Bryan Cranston, and Kate Winslet to whisper in your ear? Amazon’s Audible is the world’s largest seller of audiobooks. Is that making you think twice about cancelling your Audible subscription? Even then, let’s see how to cancel an Audible subscription in a few easy steps.

If you are an audiobook lover, then”Is Audible worth it?” is a legitimate question. You also might have your own genuine reason to cancel your Audible account. Is it any of the ones below?

Reasons for Cancelling an Audible Subscription

Audible has a lot of pros for audiobook lovers. But there could be a few personal negatives for you too. One of them might be your main reason.

  • The Audible monthly subscription is too high for the single monthly credit.
  • You dislike Audible’s recommendation system as it does not surface the titles you need.
  • The reason for using the app has changed: For instance, you drove a lot earlier and now you don’t.
  • You comprehend more when you read rather than listen.
  • There are cheaper alternatives to Audible audiobooks.

Your reason might not be on the above shortlist, but Audible makes it easy to cancel a subscription in a few clicks.

How to Cancel an Audible Subscription

With your reason decided, you can set out to cancel your Audible subscription. We will look at the simple step-by-step process first and then get into a few more guidelines that you should be aware of.

  1. Log into the Audible desktop site. You cannot cancel a subscription from the  Audible phone or tablet app.
  2. Click on the dropdown arrow next to your name and select Account Details.
    Log into the Audible desktop site.
  3. Click Cancel membership at the bottom of the “View membership details” section.
    Click Cancel membership
  4. In the next screen, Audible asks you for a feedback on the reasons for the cancellation. Explain your reasons and click the Cancel Membership button.
    Audible Cancellation Feedback
  5. Depending on your location and reasons for cancellation, Amazon might offer you an alternative. For instance, it might suggest a pre-paid membership plan instead of a recurring plan. It can also offer you a “special” plan in an effort to indude you to stay on. Continue the cancellation steps if you are not interested in the service.
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  6. Sign again into Amazon Audible to confirm your cancellation. After you cancel, an automated email will be sent to you as proof of your cancellation.

Any problems? Head to the Customer Service page and contact the support desk.

Before You Cancel Your Audible Subscription

Before you hit the orange cancel button, read through these points. Amazon also highlights them on its Help page.

  • You can cancel the monthly recurring plan only. Prepaid plans cannot be cancelled as they will just expire.
  • Cancel your membership from the desktop site. Audible does not allow you to cancel any plans from the mobile apps. But you can use the desktop versions in Chrome and Safari to access the site and go through the process.
  • Unused credits are also cancelled with the subscription. Make sure to use them before you cancel. You cannot transfer them to anyone else.
  • Keep listening to your audiobook collection. You retain the use of your old audiobook library and can download them again.
  • Cancel before the next billing cycle. Manage all your online subscriptions and cancel it before the next payment cycle starts. Also, cancel your subscription if you are in the trial period if you do not want to be billed when the trial ends.
  • You can still purchase Audible books. But you won’t be able to take advantage of special discounts, deals, and special Audible features like an audiobook exchange or returns.

5 Alternatives to Canceling Your Audible Account

The one-month Audible trial period with your choice of books is the ideal first step to see if it’s for you. But let’s say you have waded in and now are unsure about your commitment to the service. One of the most common reasons is lack of time.

You can give it one more shot before you take the nuclear option with a few suggested steps.

  1. Switchover to a lower priced plan. Tailor your subscription to your listening habits. Audible offers several membership plans and the option to switch plans anytime. Click the Switch Membership button located below “Your Membership” section.
    Audible Membership Plans
  2. Take a hiatus. Some marketplaces (like U.S and U.K) will allow you to put your membership on hold. But only if you have a monthly recurring plan. Also, an account can be on hold only once every 12 months. This hold can be anywhere between one to three months. You won’t be charged a membership fee, but you will also not receive any new credits or free access to audio shows.
  3. Try it with a special offer. As I explained before, Audible can sometimes offer you a special package when you go through the cancellation steps. It can be an incentive to build an audiobook listening habit for another three months at a good discount. After all, a good motivational audiobook can even change your life in little ways.
  4. Use an Audible Promotional Code. Promotional codes can help you to reduce the membership fees and help extend your association with the service. Search for Amazon promotional codes.
  5. Tune others into Family Library Sharing. You can set up an Amazon Household Library and share your audiobooks.

Saying Goodbye to Audible

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Maybe, it’s time to cut the cord. Maybe, you haven’t had the good luck to cobble together a few hours for an audiobook. But sometimes the cancellation process itself is so daunting with that difficult to find button. The good news is that Amazon makes it easy to let go. Though, it does make a last-ditch attempt to hold on to you. And it does use a simple blue “text” button instead of a flaring red one!

If it’s not the issue of membership cost with you, then look into some of these Audible insider tips. They might help you maximize the credits you have lying around before you jump out.

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Audible brings its audiobook library to the Apple Watch

Didn’t get your fill of Amazon news among the 70 or so announcements at today’s Alexa event? Good news, Audible’s got something to add to the deluge. The Amazon-owned audiobook site just announced the availability of its Apple Watch app. The offering brings pretty much what you’d expect. You can listen to audiobooks and manage […]

Didn’t get your fill of Amazon news among the 70 or so announcements at today’s Alexa event? Good news, Audible’s got something to add to the deluge. The Amazon-owned audiobook site just announced the availability of its Apple Watch app.

The offering brings pretty much what you’d expect. You can listen to audiobooks and manage your library directly from the small screen. It’s a pretty logical next step for the service, given the focus Apple has put on smartwatch audio, between last year’s addition of an LTE version of the watch and the recent announcement of a native podcasting app for the platform.

This also goes a ways toward justifying the recent addition of Aaptiv fitness routines, which Audible added a few weeks back. The offering made some sense on the phone, but bringing the course directly to a fitness/health-focused product like the Apple Watch helps complete that vision. Those workout and meditation offerings are free to Audible users through September of next year.

Apple’s iBooks revamp, Apple Books, is here

Apple’s new and improved iBooks app, now called Apple Books, has popped up on iPhones across the world today with the release of iOS 12, the software update available to download as of this morning. The new app has five tabs: Reading Now, Library, Book Store, Search and, for the first time, a dedicated Audiobooks tab. […]

Apple’s new and improved iBooks app, now called Apple Books, has popped up on iPhones across the world today with the release of iOS 12, the software update available to download as of this morning.

The new app has five tabs: Reading Now, Library, Book Store, Search and, for the first time, a dedicated Audiobooks tab.

Apple first previewed it at WWDC in June. The company said its sleek new look was the “biggest books redesign ever.” Cleaner UI, coupled with larger images, gives the app a more modern feel and an overall better experience. More importantly, it sets up Apple to better compete with other audio/e-book apps, like the Amazon-owned Audible.

In the Book Store, users can explore recently released titles and best-selling books, as well as curated collections and special offers; it’s available in 51 countries and free books for download are available in 155 countries.

Apple Books is also a lot smarter than its predecessor. As you download titles and engage with the app, the app will send you personalized recommendations based on your activity.

Indeed, it was time for an update. Audiobooks are more popular today than when Apple first launched iBooks in 2010 and are very much deserving of their own tab. According to Pew Research Center, one in five Americans regularly listens to them — a 28 percent increase from 2016.

Audible gets guided meditation and workouts courtesy of Aaptiv

Audible is getting into the fitness business with a little help from Aaptiv. The Amazon-owned audiobook giant is adding content from the popular audio fitness app. There are only three guided courses to start — all firmly targeted at beginners. There’s audio coaching to run a mile, a 5K and a guided meditation course, all […]

Audible is getting into the fitness business with a little help from Aaptiv. The Amazon-owned audiobook giant is adding content from the popular audio fitness app. There are only three guided courses to start — all firmly targeted at beginners.

There’s audio coaching to run a mile, a 5K and a guided meditation course, all with 20 sessions apiece. The service says it will be adding new courses through the year, including four workouts and a session aimed at improving sleep in the coming weeks.

The exclusive courses will be offered up for free to Audible members through September of next year — at which point, one imagines, there will be an added premium on top of the standard Audible subscription fee.

For the moment, Audible appears to just be dipping its toes in the water on this one. I wouldn’t be too nervous if I was in charge of a fitness or meditation app just yet, though its decision to move forward will almost certainly depend on how much interest this initial crop generates.

If Audible opts to keep the content free for subscriptions, however, it could certainly prove a compelling reason to make the switch.