Amazon’s audiobook subsidiary, Audible, has a long standing promotion for new subscribers that could make your next Kindle upgrade significantly more affordable than expected. It is not a new thing, in fact I am pretty sure that I’ve mentioned it here before from time to time, but since Amazon hasn’t been spending a lot of time advertising it recently I thought it would be worth another mention. The way it works is simple enough to summarize here.
We’re making the assumption here that you enjoy the occasional audiobook. Many people do, for a wide variety of reasons. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the quality and usefulness of Audible’s selection, but you would like to consider making use of this promotional credit, do not succumb to the instinct to try out the service with a 30-Day Free Trial. Yes, this is available, but you are only able to make use of one promo every 2 years according to the present terms & conditions and doing so would make you ineligible. your best bet is to ask around for somebody who is already a member and try out something they have picked up. It shouldn’t be hard to find someone, in my experience.
That addressed, it’s a simple enough arrangement. By making the commitment of a 12 month membership plan at $14.95 per month, you get one book each month and $100 any qualifying product. This includes any number of electronics from MP3 players and headphones to GPS devices. There are even some tablets and laptops in the selection. Most importantly, as far as I’m concerned, is that every Kindle product currently available is included in the promo. This means that your Kindle Fire could be picked up for just $99, assuming you wouldn’t rather just have a free Kindle Touch.
To take advantage, head over to this Amazon promo page. Under the heading “How to get your $100 promotional code” there is a link to sign up. Your new audible membership will be tied directly into your Amazon.com account as soon as the transaction is complete. This offer should be good until at least January 31, 2012. It may be extended beyond that point, and has been in the past with no notice or fanfare, but you never know for sure.
There’s little risk in this if you are an audiobook fan. Signing up for 12 books at $15 each isn’t exactly a ripoff on Amazon’s part, and they do not insist that you remain an active member to listen to them. These days you can download your Audible selection to practically anything, up to 3 devices at a time, and take it to go. The readings are above average, for the most part, and the service has been around long enough that reviews are plentiful and often highly informative.
Should you find yourself regretting the decision shortly after signing up, have no worries. The program can be cancelled at any point in the first 30 days. In that case you would be given the option to either pay the difference on your Kindle Fire (or whatever device you purchased with the $100 discount) or send it back unopened.