How to Save Money on Audible Books: The Classics

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Now, to do this, I am pretty sure that you need to have an audible account. I haven’t tested it out, though.

If you are a member like me, you probably are pretty particular about what you’ll use your credits on. I love contemporary books, but I also love the classics. When I got my first Kindle, many years ago, I was a big fan of the fact that you could get classic books like Emma for free. After I became an Audible member last year, I noticed that some books were showing up for me with a special price, but I couldn’t find any rhyme or reason. Example: Middlemarch showed up for $3.49.

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Later, I realized that I had a free version of Middlemarch on my Kindle. However, I hadn’t read the book yet, so I scooped it up for $3.49, instead of using a credit that is worth $11.

My next step was to figure out how I could exploit more Whispersync options, in order to save money on audiobooks. I’ve figured out that the best way is to browse books that I know will be in the public domain, like Emma, which will be free on Kindle. Some books, like Lady Chatterly’s Lover, are available for 99 cents. The best way to tell is to look for books that are Whispersync compatible.

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Here is an example of how to buy the Kindle book and then get the Audible book for the reduced price:



You can still save money on some contemporary books, but the best deals are on the books that are already in the public domain. I am a huge fan of Audible because I can use the app to speed up the book. I find the regular speed way too slow, plus I can cover more books in less time. Another online resource, if you can’t get to your library is I found that website during college. It was the only way that I got through Moby Dick. So, I really did read that whole book.

I love reading. I find that audiobooks work great for me, though, because I can either multi-task while I am listening or I can rest. Sometimes my temors are too bad to hold a book, so audiobooks totally save me. Other times, I have headaches that are so bad that I can’t stand to watch TV, yet I can listen to a book with my eyes closed.

Still, I am a sucker for the smell of a book!

Do you use Audible? The library? Good old fashioned books?

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  • socalledhomemaker | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    Great post! Also, Emma is a great book! I like Mr. Knightley almost as much as Mr. Darcy.

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      Oh you are right! I love Mr. Knightley. Great men!

  • Kristen Warren | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    yay how fabulous! i love a good audiobook, especially for multitasking. I have so many audiobooks just waiting to be listened to, lol

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      I have a ton waiting to be listened to, too! I love multitasking. I can get in much more reading if I listen while I curl my hair, do make up, etc!

  • Erica Thompson | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks for all these tips! I love audiobooks and I love saving money!

  • Tiffany Khyla | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    Facebook is always suggesting I get audible! I love audio books.

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      I would definitely take advantage of the free month!

  • Ricci | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    I am such a nerd and I am obsessed with audio books!! I haven’t actually listened to the radio in months…LOL!! I need to check out Audible!!

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      I only listen to music when I drive–an only my own music. I can’t stand the radio!

  • Jessica Hughes | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    I love audio books!! Thank you so much for these tips!

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      I hope they help!

  • Brenda | September 29, 2014 | Reply

    These are helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      You’re welcome!

  • Heather Smith | September 30, 2014 | Reply

    I like reading a book, but I need to multi task like no one’s business that audible is the way for me to go! 😀

    • Sarah | September 30, 2014 | Reply

      Yes! Multi-tasking is one of the best parts. I can fit in so many more books!

  • Madison | September 30, 2014 | Reply

    I’m more of an old fashioned book lover but audio books are perfect for your situation!

  • Rebecca Chapman | September 30, 2014 | Reply

    I had no idea! I’m going to have to try this!

    • Sarah | October 1, 2014 | Reply

      It’s forcing me through the classics, which I always want to read anyway! 🙂

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  • Melissa | December 30, 2014 | Reply

    This is such a fantastic post!

    • Sarah | December 30, 2014 | Reply

      Thanks! I get through so many more books when I am using audiobooks! I am didn’t finish as many books as normal this month because I read a few paperbacks and e-reads.

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      I just bought half dozen narrations of kindle books I already had. I love this!

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