Im an Audible subscriber, and Im convinced its the easiest way to read books
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- My "secret weapon" when it comes to reading more is an on-and-off a huge online audiobook store owned by Amazon.
- The best part about is you don't lose access to your books if you unsubscribe, and that flexibility lets me create a queue and listen through it at my own pace.
- A good number of these audiobooks are even read by their author, which helps you to understand how the story sounded in their head.
I love to read, but my relationship with the hobby is very inconsistent. I'll finish three books in one month, then three months will go by before I think about picking up another. My secret to curbing this bad habit isn't a self-imposed mandate, it's a subscription to Audible, the digital audiobook company owned by Amazon.
With over 100,000 books to choose from, many of which are read by their author, there's always something to "read." Subscriptions start at .95 a month for a single "credit," which can be redeemed for the book of your choice, but I recommend a two-credit membership for .95 a month instead.
It's always nice to have an actual book in your hands, but Audible affords me flexibility in two major ways: The first is by supporting Amazon's "Whispersync" technology, which keeps your place while reading. Basically, if you start an audiobook on your phone, but want to continue listening to it through you won't have to fumble around to find the right place to pick back up.
That's a great feature, but the one that's kept me for almost five years is the way it handles its subscriptions. Instead of taking away the books you've purchased if you unsubscribe, Audible lets you keep and listen to them for as long as you'd like. What I usually do is subscribe for a few months, accumulate a backlog, then cancel my subscription to get through it.
There's no penalty to this system, and it suits my way of reading perfectly. If I happen to cruise through a couple of books in a month, that's great. If I don't, I don't have to continue paying a monthly fee for access to my personal library of 82 books.
Because there's no penalty for subscribing and unsubscribing (except losing un-redeemed credits, which you can just spend before you take your break), I've always been a two-credit subscriber. Each title ends up costing me .47, and I can load up on new books more quickly. That may not work for you, but it's at least worth considering.
My final advice as a long-time Audible user is to buy audiobooks read by their author. I'm a big fan of memoirs written by comedians, and in that case the book ends up feeling like an extended standup special. But regardless of the genre, having the author read their book to you is an intimate experience. You get to hear exactly how the story sounded in their head as it was being written, instead of imposing your own natural bias, or just guessing.
If you haven't tried Audible yet, you can get a trial membership, which includes one credit to use on any book you'd like. You'll still get to keep the book if you don't become a paying subscriber, but don't be surprised if you find yourself totally hooked.
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