You can't use an Amazon gift card for Audible — here's how to use the forms of payment the audiobook retailer accepts

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Amazon gift cards can be used to purchase items on Amazon.com.

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  • You cannot use an Amazon gift card or gift code to purchase an Audible book.

  • Amazon and Audible customers can, however, use an Amazon card with a credit card logo such as Visa or MasterCard to buy a book on Audible.

  • The only payment methods currently accepted by Audible are credit or debit cards from American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

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If you're a book lover, getting something like a $100 Amazon gift card for a holiday or your birthday can feel like the ultimate score. The card lets you quickly and easily purchase new, used, ebook, and audio titles right from your laptop or phone. 

For Audible users, an Amazon gift card could equal hours or even days of listening. But if you're thinking about treating yourself or someone else to a few audiobooks or even a monthly subscription this way, think again. Despite being a division of the online retailer, Audible does not as many payment methods as Amazon. That means you can't use regular Amazon gift cards to make book purchases on the Audible platform. 

However, Amazon and Audible customers can use an Amazon card featuring a credit card logo, such as an Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card or Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, to buy audiobooks from Audible. 

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You can't use an Amazon gift card for Audible — here's how to use a credit or debit card to purchase Audible audiobooks

Unlike Amazon, which accepts gift cards, pre-loaded debit cards, and Amazon store cards, Audible only allows payment from the four major card companies. In order to buy an audiobook, you must purchase it with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or a Discover credit or debit card as no other methods, including Paypal, will be accepted. 

To purchase books through Audible, you can either sign up for a monthly or annual subscription, use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express card, or your Amazon card with a credit card logo to purchase an audiobook at full price. 

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You can pay for audiobooks using credits, which are dolled out monthly for Audible subscribers.

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For readers who don't want to buy an Audible subscription, which starts at $14.95 a month with your first month free, you can use your credit or debit card to purchase the book for full price. On Amazon.com, once you've selected the title from the search results, selecting the "Audiobook" payment option to the right of the title changes the payment box on the right to "Buy with membership" or "Pay with 1-Click." This allows you to choose whether you'd like to try a monthly membership or stick to paying full price for the audiobook. 

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The Amazon.com payment process offers several prices depending on whether you're an Audible member or not.

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If you already have an Amazon account and are logged into it, the purchase will automatically charge to the card you associated with your account. If you don't have a login, Amazon will walk you through its standard checkout process, and you will be asked to input your valid credit or debit card information to buy the audio title. 

If you're purchasing directly through Audible.com, you can select "Buy Now" which will allow you to register for a membership using your credit or debit card and purchase the audiobook at a discounted price. You can also simply select the "Buy for" option, which features the book's full list price, allowing you to use your credit card to purchase it without a subscription. 

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The Audible.com site has several options for purchasing a book, but all require payment through a debit or credit card.

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