Kindle Unlimited vs Audible: Pros, Cons & Verdict [2022]

Kindle Unlimited vs Audible

So what are the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited vs Audible? Here’s a comparison of the two services with my summary and opinion on why you should opt either for Kindle Unlimited or Audible.

I’ve been a fan of Audible for years and even purchased a Roku player to listen to audiobooks while doing other things. It’s been an excellent way to stay in touch with audiobooks. But for me, there’s only been one downside.

When Amazon first announced Kindle Unlimited, I was excited to see if the audiobook reading app would be kept or if it would be abandoned in favor of Kindle Unlimited. And if there was any chance, I was hoping Audible would join in and offer their own program for Audible members.

To be honest, I didn’t expect much. You see, when I first started using Audible, I bought books from Audible mostly because I really liked their selection of what the Audible app would play on my Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch tablet.

With a few books, I didn’t really notice the difference between Audible and Kindle Unlimited. But then I bought a few other books that weren’t available on Audible.

That was a few years ago, and now Audible has slowly started to release some of their audiobooks on Kindle, adding a few more audiobook categories on Audible. They did a great job of updating the apps and now I love it.

Let’s take a look at all of the benefits and drawbacks that are associated with each method of listening to audio content. This review covers the main differences between Audible and Kindle Unlimited.

What is Kindle Unlimited ?

Kindle Unlimited is an online subscription service (much like Netflix) that allows you to download books, audiobooks, and magazines for free.

You can also subscribe to Kindle Unlimited (AKA Kindle Unlimited Originals) which allows you to download books that are published by indie authors.

I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited so that I can read “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

Some people can get their news and just listen to podcasts, but for me, I really appreciate reading a book.

The premise is that by downloading books from Amazon for free, you get to read books that Amazon thinks you will like.

The cost of Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

What is Audible ?

Audible is an on-demand subscription service that provides a large selection of audiobooks and professional audio dramas through an app, web player, mobile devices, and now even Chromecast. Audible offers a good selection of books at competitive prices for all types of users, as well as professionally produced audio dramas.

On average, audiobooks cost about 15% more than regular books. Audible provides a range of savings discounts for subscribers and special promotions.

On-demand: audiobooks and audio dramas can be listened to at any time, any place, and on the go with the Audible app. A one-month subscription costs $15.99 and comes with a free audiobook (suggested by the company) to get started.

Key Difference between Kindle Unlimited and Audible

Amazon is slowly but surely making inroads in the audiobook world. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why I thought that a new Kindle was a great option for audiobooks. Now, Amazon has introduced Amazon’s exclusive audiobook service, Kindle Unlimited, which gives you access to millions of audiobooks through Amazon’s Audible program.

While Kindle Unlimited offers you a lot of choices, you need to consider the pros and cons to find the best solution.

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between Kindle Unlimited and Audible:

Audible Prime:

Audible’s subscription package is one of the best offers for audiobooks. With Audible Prime, you get free shipping on all orders and unlimited monthly access to as many books and audiobooks as you want for only $14.95 per month.

Other things you get with Audible Prime:

When you sign up, you’ll get an gift card for $5. You can take this credit toward anything on You can also choose any book, for any length of time, from’s selection of over 4,000 titles.

Audible will send you free audiobook samples every month, plus extra audiobook credits on top of your total (up to 10 free audiobook samples and 10 audiobook credits) at no extra charge.

With a subscription, you can listen to any audiobook on any of your devices. (Each monthly installment is customized to your device.) If you decide to cancel your Audible subscription, you can keep the credits you have remaining, plus keep up to 20 hours of audiobooks on your device to keep listening. If you cancel after you’ve begun a subscription, you’ll get all the audiobooks you’ve started.

How To Get A Free 30-Day Trial

Audible has a 30-day free trial available at Amazon. You simply enter your email address and get a trial download code. I’ve never used Audible’s services before but I’m impressed with the options available for trial or full membership.

My favorite part of Audible is that I get free shipping on all of the books I’ve ordered. This is very helpful, especially since the books are either by me or about me and will most likely be shipped to my office rather than my home.

What You Get With A Free 30-Day Trial

Since I already had a free trial for Audible, I took advantage of that and was able to get Kindle Unlimited for 30 days for free. I also received a free one month trial of Amazon Prime, which I enjoy.

While it’s a little silly, I think it’s actually a great deal. I like the ability to have the ebooks on my Kindle, though I like that I can also read and listen to them. I really enjoy the best of both worlds, and I get to read books from authors I’ve read and enjoyed in the past, in addition to new authors.

Kindle Unlimited:

Kindle Unlimited offers you access to more than 600,000 books through a Kindle device or Kindle app. You can also get Kindle Unlimited audiobooks and Kindle books at no additional charge.

Kindle Unlimited audiobooks offer you high-quality audio, as long as you have a Kindle device or the Kindle app. If you don’t, you can’t listen to your Kindle Unlimited audiobooks.

Kindle Unlimited is an unlimited subscription service. You get access to a huge library of books, including Kindle books and Kindle Unlimited audiobooks. Also, you have the choice to add or remove any book from your library at any time for no additional charge.

It’s easy to cancel Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription.


Audible is available to US-based customers only. Kindle Unlimited can be used in the US or internationally.

Audible is the best way to try audiobooks for free. If you love audiobooks and are planning on getting a Kindle in the future, you’ll need a subscription to Audible. If you like listening to audiobooks but are still hesitant to get a Kindle or don’t own one yet, Audible is a great choice.

In terms of personal preference, audiobooks are sometimes easier to listen to than Kindle ebooks. If you want to try out audiobooks with Kindle, it’s easiest to start with Audible.

Audible Pros & Cons

Advantages of the Audible Method

The major advantage that Audible provides over Kindle Unlimited is the catalog of audible books. Audible offers a catalog of over 350,000 books and, when you include Audible Originals as well, over a million books.

This is in comparison to Kindle Unlimited, which offers access to over 70,000 books and Audible Originals, which has about 5,000 titles in its catalog.

These major differences have far-reaching implications for each of the Audible vs. Kindle Unlimited debates.


  1. Listen to a book for FREE through Audible for 30 days.
  2. Get a FREE Audible membership (an audiobook every month for 6 months)
  3. Get a FREE membership in Book Box (which is their book club) and you’ll get up to 15% off select books at most book stores.


  1. You need a credit card to sign up, and they only give you 30 days to use your free trial. You can read one audiobook for free. And that’s it.
  2. They’ll charge your credit card after the 30-day trial.
  3. You don’t get any incentive for staying active (i.e. books read, magazines read, classes taken).

Kindle Unlimited Pros & Cons

The Pros

  1. You get a lot of books for a very low price
  2. For an average price of $9.99 per month, you can read as many books as you want.
  3. If you’re a fan of reading, this is a great service.
  4. You can check out the best, newest, and trending books in the KU library.
  5. You can get library books for a fraction of the cost of buying a hard copy.
  6. Use Kindle Unlimited on any Kindle device you own (PC, smartphone, tablet, or any device that runs the Kindle app).

The Cons

  1. You get really bad customer service

Audible vs Kindle Unlimited Verdict

Let’s just get to the facts: If you want to listen to audiobooks, you can. KU and Audible are the same. If you have a Kindle, you already have a Kindle Unlimited account. If you already have an Audible subscription, there’s really no reason to switch. Amazon gives you free access to their Prime Video and Music libraries so, if you want to watch a video, that’s right there for you.

If you’re an Audible subscriber, the reason to switch to KU is because Amazon Prime Music only allows you to download and play back your audiobooks to your device. This means that you can’t use KU to download your audiobook and play it on a device, such as an Amazon Echo.

If you use the Alexa voice technology (which is an Amazon Echo, as well as the Fire Phone, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Tap and several others), you will need to download the Amazon Music app onto your smartphone, tablet or any other device.

However, if you’re not a Prime member, you need to sign up for the Amazon Prime membership first. After you’ve done that, you can opt out of Prime Music. You can still use the KU features, you just won’t get access to the Prime Video library. You’ll get access to the Amazon Prime Music library as a backup, but not the Prime Video library.

I’ve known people who have gotten Amazon Prime and a KU membership and now use Prime Music and KU together to fill their audio needs.

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