Don’t Break Your Audiobook Bank by Heather Novak

Happy Thursday Nights of Passion Readers!

What’s the con to working on all the wedding stuff? Lack of reading time (boo, hiss!). However, let us take a moment and appreciate audiobooks. I know, I know. They’re expensive and a lot of people don’t like them.

I am not one of those people.

GIVE ME ALL THE AUDIOBOOKS! But I don’t have an Audible subscription (I could never figure out if I wanted one, so here we are.) So what do I do now with my tiny book budget? 

I have perfected a method for finding reasonably priced audiobooks that end up costing about the same as a mass market paperback ($7.99).

Tip 1: Look for ebooks with Whispersync. Whispersync is this bad a** program that allows you to download the ebook from Amazon and add a voice narration for a few dollars more (typically $1.99 to $3.99). When you’re in the Kindle app, just tap on the page to bring up the bottom tool bar and follow the “Audible Narration” download. You can switch between the pages and the narration at any time without losing your place.

Tip 2: Look for ebooks that offer the audiobook through Audible for a discounted price. Most new releases (say, past few years) will offer the audiobook at $25 outright, but if you’ve previously purchased the ebook, will offer the audiobook at half cost. It’s not as cheap as Tip 1, but it’s two audiobooks for the price of one.

Tip 3: Try Scribd! Scribd is a lending app for ebooks and audiobooks…basically a book version of Netflix. I pay $8.99/month for a variety of options (some free audiobooks, some use credits) and then $8.99 for each additional book credit in one month. You don’t get to keep the books, but you do get to keep them in your library as long as you want.

Tip 4: Use your local library app! My local library uses Overdrive, a very cool app that allows me access to their audiobook selections which I can then download directly to my device. As with all library books, you get two weeks to listen and they only have a certain number of copies to loan out at a time. However, FREE BOOKS! (As long as you’re in good standing with your library card!)

Any other tips from you audiobook fans out there?


On this day in 1998 – J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.


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About Heather Novak, Author

Bewitching romance with a bold twist. Focusing on powerful imagery and emotional storytelling – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry. Only Happily Ever Afters allowed.
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