How to Buy Audible Books without Subscription [6 Ways]

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-11-15 / Update for Audiobook Tips

Q: "I'm not an Audible subscriber because I usually listen to audiobooks on some free sites. However, recently I wanted to listen to a few books that I could only find on Audible. Can I buy audiobooks without subscription to Audible? I really don't want to pay extra for a subscription."

The answer is yes. You can purchase Audible books without membership. All you have to do is add your credit card and then you can pay for the audiobook. Keep reading and you'll learn how to do this. To save you money, we'll show you 6 ways to buy audiobooks without Audible membership.

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Way 1. How to Buy Audible Books without Subscription via Credit Card on App

Can you buy books on Audible without a membership but only a credit card? Of course, you can. if you're not an Audible member, that's okay. However, you will need to pay the full price of the audiobooks by using your credit card. Follow the steps below to purchase Audible books using a credit card only without being a member.

Step 1. Download, install, and open the Audible app on your iPhone or Android phone.

Step 2. Sign in with your Amazon account information.

Step 3. Tap 'Discover' and then browse or search for the books you want to buy.

Step 4. Tap on the book title and then add your credit card information.

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Step 5. Choose 'Purchase for $X.XX' and complete the purchase.

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Way 2. How to Buy Audiobooks without Subscription on Audible via Free Trial

The first method we mentioned requires you to buy Audible audiobooks at full price, which can be a bit expensive. So, we'll show you how to buy an Audible book without a membership for a cheaper price.

When you navigate to Audible official website, you will see the promotion slogan saying 'Try it free for 30 days and get a free audiobook'. Yes, if you are a newbie who has never subscribed to Audible, it's best to sign up for the 30-day free trial. Then you can download those Audible audiobooks for free listen to them without a membership at no cost. Follow the steps below on how to buy books on Audible without membership.

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Step 1. Open your favorite web browser from your computer and enter to Audible website.

Step 2. It will require you to sign in with your Amazon account. If you don't have one, please create a new Amazon account under the 'New to Amazon' menu.

Step 3. After logging in, you can select two audiobooks from more than 150,000 titles including best sellers, new releases, and so on.

Step 4. Once you find out, please add them to your shopping cart. Then choose the '30-day Trial Membership' plan to fill in your payment info.

Step 5. After that, you can get an Audible Premium Plus account for free within 30 days alongside one free Audible credit. You can use it to redeem one title you want to purchase.

Notes: Please don't worry that Audible books will disappear when the date is expired. The title redeemed with credits is yours. You can download those Audible books to PC, Mac, or other devices and keep the audiobooks permanently even without an Audible membership.

Way 3. How to Buy Books on Audible without Membership via Whispersync Deals

Whispersync deal is suitable for audiobook lovers who also are e-book readers. Whispersync enables readers to synchronize reading progress and switch between e-books and audiobooks across devices seamlessly. You will spend less to buy an eBook and its companion audiobook from Whispersync than Audible.

Below is how to buy a book on Audible without membership using Whispersync Deals.

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Step 1. Head over to and tap on the 'All' tab to drop down a list. Then choose 'Kindle Store'.

Step 2. Look at the 'Audible Narration' located in the left panel. Choose 'eBooks with Audible Narration' under it.

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Step 3. Proceed to pick your favorite books and click on their cover art to open their details page.

Step 4. From the 'See all formats and editions', select 'Kindle' instead of 'Audible'.

Step 5. Tick the 'Add Audible narration to your purchase for $...' checkbox and then touch on the 'Buy now with 1-Click' button above it.

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Step 6. Finalize the purchase process according to the instructions and then this audiobook will be added to your Audible automatically. You can now listen to Audible without a subscription.

Note: Sometimes, you may find that Whispersync for Voice reads the same audiobook in the audiobook and ebook formats.

Way 4. How to Buy Audible Books without Membership via Daily Deals

To return its loyal customer, Audible always launch lots of sales and deals untimely. Non-members can purchase audiobooks at a much lower price with the special offer than paying with an Audible membership. Just pay more attention to Audible's daily promotion to see which audiobook is under the hot sale. Alternatively, you can subscribe to it ahead by email to avoid missing the offer of your favorite audiobooks. This is how to buy Audible books without a membership:

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Step 1. Navigate to and choose 'Library' > 'Sales & Deals' from the top navigation. You will then see the Daily Deal page and then you can start to check which audiobook is on the big promotion.

Step 2. Once you have found the audiobook that you'd like to listen to, please hit the 'Buy for $...' button to purchase it.

Step 3. Then you will need to input your payment info to finish the order process and you can save a big without an Audible membership.

Note: Before that, please go to and head to the 'Manage Your Content and Devices' from the top-right menu. Proceed to turn on the 'Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)' option.

Way 5. How to Purchase Audiobooks without Subscription via Amazon Prime

If you've never tried Amazon Prime before, you can start a free 30-day trial. Amazon Prime includes a selection of over 50 Audible audiobooks and the catalog will vary over time. During the trial period, you get access to Audible books for free with Amazon Prime. You don't need to do anything to play these books except download the Audible app. And you are not required to have an Audible account to enjoy these free audiobooks.

Now we will show you how to buy Audible books without subscription via Amazon Prime.

Step 1. Open Audible and tap on the 'menu' icon at the top left.

Step 2. Tap on 'Channels for Prime'.

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Step 3. You can browse all the free audiobooks for Prime members.

Step 4. Tap on the audiobook you like and then enjoy listening to it.


1) But there is a downside, you can't download and store these books, you can only stream them.

2) Books that qualify for Prime will show the words "Read and Listen for free" in the purchase box. If the audiobook is not part of a Prime membership, it will only show "Read for free".

Way 6. How to Buy Audiobook without Subscription via Audible Website

You can also purchase books on the Audible website on your desktop or mobile without being a member. Please note that it isn't feasible to buy audiobooks from the Audible desktop app. Thus, you can follow the below how-to guide to get desired titles on the Audible website without membership benefits.

Step 1. Navigate to the official website of Audible on your desktop or mobile.

Step 2. Sign in to your Audible account and browse the audiobook that you want to purchase.

Step 3. Click on the title of the audiobook and then add your credit card.

Step 4. Hit the 'Buy for $X.XX' button and then confirm your payment to complete the purchase.

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Tips: How to Listen to Amazon Audible Audiobooks Offline without Subscription

These are the 6 five ways to listen to Audible books at a lower price, even if you don't have an Audible membership. However, no matter which way you choose, you will only be able to play Audible audiobooks on selected devices since it is saved in AAX format.

To listen to Audible in a more enjoyable way, we will share the best solution to enjoy Audible audiobooks on any device or player. The all-in-one AudFree Audible Converter can help you out. It is designed to convert audiobooks to local audio files in MP3, M4A, AAC, and more commonly used decrypted formats. This intelligent tool enables you to transfer the converted audiobooks to all platforms as you like. Not only can you buy Audible books without a subscription, but you can also enjoy Audible without any restrictions.

Beyond that, thanks to its advanced technology, the original audio quality and metadata infor like ID3 tags will be kept still after converting. It also endows you with the opportunity to split large-size audiobooks into segments by chapters and edit ID3 tags to your deal.

AudFree Audible Converter

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  • Download Audible audiobooks at 30X faster speed
  • Convert Audible to MP3, FLAC, and more popular formats
  • Retain lossless sound quality and all the ID3 tags
  • Listen to Audible offline without membership on any device

How to Convert Audible to Play on Any Devices without Limits

Simply click on the green download button and then you can install the feature-rich AudFree Audible Books Converter on your Macbook or PC freely and safely. There are two preparatory works that need to be done in advance:

  • Download the audiobooks you want to keep offline forever from Audible with your current Audiblwe account.
  • Transfer your downloaded Audible AAX books to the iTunes library.
Step 1Import Audible Audiobooks to AudFree Auditior
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Once add the audiobooks to iTunes, please open AudFree Auditior on your computer and load those audiobooks from iTunes to it. You can drag and drop Audible files directly. Or you can click the first 'Add' button named 'Load iTunes Library' to select and import Audible books to the AudFree software.
Step 2 Set Audible Output Format for Playing Offline on All Devices
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Click the 'Audio' button at the bottom right to open the Format Setting window. You can choose the format for compatibility with different devices. Converting .aax audiobooks to MP3 is the most popular one. You can also change other settings such as the bit rate, sample rate, etc. if you want. Or, split the audiobooks into chapters for more convenient management.
Step 3Download and Convert Audible Books for Offline Playback
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Click the lower-right 'Convert' button to start the conversion progress. When it is done, you can click 'Converted' with a red spot to find the downloaded Audible audiobooks. You can then listen to them freely and save them locally as long as you want on all devices even if you cancel your Audible membership.

FAQs about Buying Audible without Membership

Q1: Can You Buy Audible Books without a Membership?

A: No. You can buy Audible audiobooks without a subscription. You can just pay for your audiobooks using your credit card.

Q2: Why Does Audible Not Let You Buy Books?

A: On April 1, 2022, Audible released a new version of Audible for Android. It removes the ability to purchase single books in the app. Starting with version 3.23 of the Audible for Android app, in-app purchases of titles are no longer supported, whether you are a member or not.

Q3: Where to Buy Audiobooks without a Subscription?

A: Apart from Audible, there are also other platforms that allow you to get audiobooks without a membership, such as LibriVox, Chrip, etc. They are free platforms that don't require any monthly charge but allow purchasing directly with less fee.

Q4: Can You Use Audible without a Subscription?

A: Yes, you can subscribe to Audible without a membership. All your purchased Audible audiobooks can be played on Audible. However, you are not allowed to use these audiobooks on Audible-unsupported devices. You can only play them on the Audible app. To break this limitation, you can use AudFree Audible Converter. It allows you to listen to Audible books anywhere anytime.

Q5: How to Buy Audiobooks on Amazon without Audible?

A: Just navigate to and search the title of the audiobook you want from the top search box. Alternatively, search and head to 'Prime Reading' that owns many audiobooks. Then tap on the cover art of the audiobook and select kindle edition and click on 'Buy with 1-Click' from the right sidebar. Then follow the instructions to complete the purchase. You don't need to access the Audible app or website during the process.


Now, you have a good idea of how to buy audiobooks without subscription from Audible. The 6 solutions can help you make it a reality and AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter is capable of converting and saving those downloaded or purchased audiobooks as MP3 or other local files for offline playing anywhere and anytime. Now, give those methods and the AudFree software a shot.

Ivan Scott

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Ivan Scott, an audiobook enthusiast with a passion for writing. He keeps up with information and tech skills related to iTunes and Audible audiobooks, and shares them with readers.

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