Audible recently announced that it is making its memberships more valuable: Now, in addition to getting an audiobook credit each month, you can also choose two Audible Originals to download.
“Audible Originals are a new genre of shorter programming written directly to the intimate listening aesthetic of Audible — they are written by novelists, journalists, playwrights, screenwriters, comedians, and other talented creators,” Audible CEO Don Katz writes in an email message sent to members. “The Originals are then delivered to you as the kinds of powerful performances by gifted actors that so many millions of listeners have come to expect of an Audible listening experience.”
Aside from offering content that is generally shorter than some audiobooks, Audible Originals doesn’t work exactly like your normal Audible membership. The selection of free choices is small—just six options, of which you can select two—and it changes on the first Friday of every month. But anyone can purchase books from the full selection of Audible Originals—prices range from $5 to $10—and members can use your monthly credit if you’d like.
If you are an Audible member, be sure to also check out the Audible Channels feature, which debuted a few years back. Channels provides free access to ad-free podcasts, news, comedy, and exclusive shows, and is another way to take advantage of your membership.