Amazon subsidiary Audible just announced that it is launching its third unlimited subscription audiobook service.
The service is called Audible Plus, and will cost $7.95 per month. It will let you access “over 68,000 hours of content and 11,000+ titles from across the content spectrum”, Audible announced, “including documentaries, comedy, journalism, kids, wellness, self-development, selections from Audible Theater and more. New Audible Originals come from a wide range of talent including Common, St. Vincent, Blake Griffin, Jesse Eisenberg, Tom Morello, Kevin Bacon, David Koepp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kate Mara, Tayari Jones and Harvey Fierstein, among many other celebrated creators and performers. The content slate will continue to grow alongside various technical enhancements over the coming months.”
This is the content that was formerly known as Audible Original.
It’s unclear how much of the catalog is exclusive content versus third-party, and it’s also not clear how creators’ are getting paid (I am waiting for Audible to return my emails).
Current Audible subscribers will find the Audible Plus catalog included in their existing subscriptions. Speaking of which, Audible has renamed its Audible Gold plan and appears to be retiring the Audible Platinum plan.
Audible Gold is now called Audible Premium Plus on Amazon’s website. It costs $15 per month. and is the only option offered. All mentions of the more expensive Audible Platinum plan have been scrubbed, however it would does look like Amazon will let you keep the Platinum plan (for now). The Verge reports that Platinum subscribers will continue to receive two at the $22.95 per month price.
Update: A commenter says she can still see the $23 a month plan. I still can’t, which is interesting.
Audible Plus begins its initial rollout this week to existing Audible members. New customers interested in signing up to preview the Audible Plus standalone plan can do so beginning on Thursday.