One of the most common questions we get is which device people should buy, an audible or a kindle. It is difficult to answer this question because they are very different devices with their benefits and drawbacks. The best way for someone to know if one device will be better than the other is by looking at what that person wants out of their reading experience.
It has been a long, never ending debate. Audible Vs Kindle? Which one is better for you, and your book needs? In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each service to help you decide which one is right for you.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Kindle Unlimited & How It Works?
- 2 What is Audible & How Does It Work?
- 3 Key differences between Audible vs Kindle Unlimited
- 4 Audiobook Selection
- 4.1 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Free Trial Scheme
- 4.2 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Subscription Pricing
- 4.3 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Credits
- 4.4 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Content Ownership
- 4.5 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Borrowing, and Purchasing
- 4.6 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Device Compatibility
- 4.7 Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Geographic Availability
- 4.8 Audible and Kindle Unlimited: Book Returning Policy
- 4.9 Audible and Kindle Unlimited: Cancellation Policy
- 5 Another Audible vs Kindle comparison:
- 6 What’s it going to look like?
- 7 FAQs
- 8 Conclusion
What is Kindle Unlimited & How It Works?
Kindle Unlimited subscription is for reading Kindle ebooks and comics. You can also listen to audiobooks. The Kindle library contains more than 1.5 million ebooks, 40k audiobooks, and many other resources.
You may wonder why you should buy Kindle when you can purchase audiobooks directly.
Kindle Unlimited is more of a library than a bookshop. The library allows you to borrow any book and charges a monthly subscription fee. Kindle Unlimited, which is a monthly subscription, allows you to access unlimited to millions of more books.
These ebooks don’t need to be purchased. You can borrow, read, and then return the ebooks. You can borrow as many books as you like at once.
You only need to start your free trial of Kindle Unlimited to experience the amazingness.
What is Audible & How Does It Work?
Amazon’s Audible subscription-based service is also available. It is primarily designed for audiobooks. Amazon Audible doesn’t offer ebooks.
Audible, unlike Kindle Unlimited, does not allow you to borrow audiobooks. The audiobook you wish to listen to must be purchased (but at a reduced price). You can find out more.
You can earn unused credits by purchasing audiobooks on Audible.
The Audible subscriptions include discounted prices and some free audiobooks.
I did a feature wise analysis to see how Kindle Unlimited and Audible differ. Let’s get started.
Key differences between Audible vs Kindle Unlimited
There is less to Kindle Unlimited than you might think, as Kindle Unlimited and Audible are Amazon products.
Kindle allows you to read ebooks and magazines free of charge, while Audible is a subscription that only offers audiobooks. We won’t mention Kindle Unlimited ebooks as the main focus of this article. Kindle is great for avid readers and eBooks.
The similarities are that Kindle Unlimited audiobooks can also be used to listen to Audible narrations. You can listen to them using the Audible app. It’s also the same audiobook you could buy for an Audible credit. You don’t have to be an Audible member to access this feature of your Kindle Unlimited subscription!
Kindle Unlimited books can only be borrowed just like a library. These audiobooks are not yours to keep, and you will lose access to them once your Kindle unlimited subscription is canceled. This applies to audiobooks that you borrow via Audible Plus Catalog Audible’s all you can hear catalog. Audible also claims to be the most extensive audiobook service globally, having been launched by Amazon.
You can keep the audiobook you have downloaded with your Audible credit. You can also listen to these Audible books as many times as you like, even if your Audible membership is canceled.
If you wonder if Kindle Unlimited includes Audible, the answer is a resounding Yes and No! Kindle Unlimited allows you to access Audible for free, but not all of its books.
Kindle Unlimited subscription services for not only ebooks but also audiobooks. There are more than 2 million titles available.
But, only 20,000 ebooks include narrated Amazon Audible audiobooks. This is also known as Audible Narration.
The majority of these audiobook titles were self-published by authors and new writers. This is because big publishing houses don’t publish many titles. You won’t find any bestsellers or highly recommended books among these titles.
Audible offers more audiobooks than Kindle. This includes 180,000 bestsellers, new releases, and romances.
Radio programs, newspapers, and magazines can also be delivered in audio format.
Audible offers the largest selection of audiobooks anywhere in the world.
An Audible converter can be used to convert audiobooks at a custom listening speed.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Free Trial Scheme
A 30-day trial period is available for those who have never used this service before.
Unlimited access to the entire Kindle Unlimited library. You can also add up to 10 titles to your account.
First-time users will get a 30-day trial period of Audible membership plan to try the service.
During the trial period, you can select two audiobooks or 2 Audible originals to add to your library.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Subscription Pricing
Kindle Unlimited Pricing
Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99/month for unlimited access to the ebook library with over one million titles and over 2000 free audio books.
The majority of Kindle Unlimited books cost from $0.99 to $4.99 between $0.99 and $4.99. It’s a good idea to purchase audiobooks separately if you only read or listen to a few titles each month.
Additional audio versions of books: Although not all books will be equipped with this feature, more than 20,000 titles in Kindle Unlimited include an audiobook to accompany them.
You can filter eBooks with Audible narration to help you find the right one.
When it comes to membership benefits, an Audible Premium Plus membership costs $14.95/month to the Gold Membership and $22.95/month to the Platinum Membership plan. You can be paying extra fees to get more credit points. The additional fees for a Platinum plan are less than those of the Gold Monthly service.
$14.95 Gold Membership: 1 audiobook, 2 Audible Originals; $22.95 Platinum Membership 2 audiobooks, 2 Audible Originals
Audible Escape Subscription: This subscription allows you to borrow ten romance audiobooks.
Members may purchase additional credits audiobooks for 30% off.
1 free audiobook per month audiobook subscription service.
You can get credit for one free audiobook.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Credits
Kindle Unlimited subscribers do not have credit to buy audiobooks.
Platinum Monthly members receive two credits per month, while Gold Monthly members receive one credit each month.
One credit can be used to purchase an Audible audiobook regardless of its official price.
Monthly credits are valid for one year. Playing additional fees will earn you more credit points
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible: Content Ownership
Subscribers don’t own the content borrowed from Kindle Unlimited.
All titles, including audiobooks, will be lost if you cancel your subscription plan.
All Audible books purchased remain yours even after cancellation.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Borrowing, and Purchasing
You can borrow up to 10 titles from Kindle Unlimited. This includes ebooks and audiobooks as well as magazines. There are no due dates for borrowed titles.
Ebooks that have audiobook versions (also known as Audible narrations) can be borrowed together and counted for two. You can borrow up to 5 ebooks and five audiobooks.
A wide selection of magazines is also available as part of your Kindle Unlimited membership subscription plan.
Audible is a better option than Kindle Unlimited in that you can’t borrow audiobooks but instead purchase them from Audible.
Each member receives 1 to 2 credits for audiobooks. Users also receive 2 Audible Original titles.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Device Compatibility
Access your Kindle Unlimited content on a Kindle eReader or Kindle Fire tablet, as well as the Kindle app for iOS/Android/PC/Mac.
All devices that can play audiobooks from Kindle Unlimited include Android/iOS devices, Amazon Fire Phones, Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, and Kindle Fire HD. Fire HD 6 & 7 are also supported. Fire HDX comes with a free Kindle reading application.
Kindle Unlimited audiobooks cannot be supported by Kindle link devices or the Kindle app on PC/Mac.
Audiobooks from Audible are compatible with dozens of devices, including:
Audible is available for multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Kindle Fire tablets. Kindle Oasis (8th &9th Gen), Kindle (8th Generation), Kindle Paperwhite (10thGen)
Sandisk MP3 Players, Creative MP3 Players, Garmin & TomTom GPS Devices.
Alexa enabled devices include Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot Kids Edition, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Input.
Offline access: You can listen to your downloaded titles from anywhere, at any time, without internet access.
You can navigate the Audible website from a mobile phone or desktop computer to find your way through their audio entertainment collections and lists.
Kindle Unlimited vs. Audible – Geographic Availability
Kindle Unlimited is only available to US customers at Amazon.com
Customers from Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Spain, and India can sign up to Kindle Unlimited through their local Amazon marketplace. However, the available titles and subscription fees may differ from those in the US.
Audible.com supports the US and all other countries. Some titles may be restricted geographically based on where you are located.
Audible has many websites. Each website targets a different audience based on language preference or geographic location. Each marketplace features unique differences.
Audible and Kindle Unlimited: Book Returning Policy
Members can return unlimited e-books as long as they are within one year of purchase. Non-members may return up to 2 books every six months.
The book will be returned in the same manner you bought it. This means that if the book were purchased with credit, you would get your credit back. You’ll also get your money back if the book was purchased with a credit.
You may have to return books on Audible. If you return too many books within a few days, you could be considered to have abused our return policy.
You can borrow titles without due dates, and you can keep up ten titles at a given time.
You from the already borrowed books to exchange for it to get the 11th title.
Audible and Kindle Unlimited: Cancellation Policy
Your Audible books will not be lost after cancellation. Access to audiobooks on compatible devices of Audible is still available.
Credits are a member benefit. All unused credits will be canceled along with your membership. It is a good idea to use all remaining credits before canceling your membership.
Kindle Unlimited Review
When you cancel your service, the borrowed books and audiobook versions will be deleted from your account.
Whispersync will save your bookmarks, notes, and highlights from the books to your Amazon account.
Audiobooks cannot be kept free audiobooks, but the titles you paid for will remain yours.
Notes: To sync between the Kindle eBook version and the audiobook version, you must have both the Kindle ebook and the corresponding Audible edition. This is called a paired edition. This feature is only available to voice enabled devices, so it’s not apparent.
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Audible has a Sleep Timer function
It is incredible how many people find it nearly impossible to fall asleep at night without a sound in their ears.
If this is you, you are probably used to waking up every morning to find your phone’s battery dead.
You can set the time when you want the audiobook to end by using the sleep timer function.
You can also use this function to pause and stop the narration at the chapter’s end, so you don’t lose track.
What’s it going to look like?
Who will win the Kindle or Audible match now? It all depends on you! Audible Premium Plus looks better than Kindle Unlimited right now because it allows unlimited listening and a wide selection of titles. It also gives you one audiobook that you can keep to access almost every audiobook available!
Although they are different in that one is intended for listening and the other for reading, you can still access audiobooks with specific titles through Kindle Unlimited. An Audible membership is the best option if you listen to a few audiobooks per month or a lot. You can also get great value from your Audible credit, and be sure to find the audiobook you are looking for.
Kindle Unlimited is well established, but Audible Plus is still under development. You can rest assured that you’ll receive high-quality, new releases each month as a Kindle Unlimited member. If you love audiobooks and are interested in discovering new authors and genres as well as audiobooks, then Kindle Unlimited is the right subscription plan for you. Even if the ebooks you receive never get touched, it’s worth it!
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Can I pause my Audible account?
Your Audible account can be paused. You won’t be able to download any additional credits during that time.
Can you listen to unlimited books on audible?
You’ll be able to access the audiobook if you buy an eBook from Kindle Unlimited with an Audible companion. Audible does not yet allow you to access unlimited to its eBooks.
Do you need a Kindle device to read Kindle books?
Amazon’s Kindle devices have been voted the best e-readers on the planet. They are reliable, sturdy, and can connect to your account. A Kindle can make reading eBooks almost like reading a book.
You can visit the Amazon store to view some Amazon Kindle devices. To purchase an Unlimited subscription, however, you don’t need a Kindle device. To read my Kindle books, I use the free app for my smartphone. It works well for me.
Can you listen to audible on two devices at the same time?
Yes, you can listen to three different mobile devices simultaneously on Audible.
Are you having trouble deciding between Audible and Kindle? We hope this article has helped you compare the two services, understand their pros and cons, and determine which one is right for your needs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss with someone what service might be best for you, then please feel free to contact us at Penn Book. Our team of experts is happy to help!
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