How to convert Audible Audiobooks: Best ways
How to convert Audible Audiobooks: Best ways

Audible is an audiobook service from Amazon, offering the world’s biggest selection of titles ranging from much-loved classics to new releases and original podcasts. Listeners can download or stream their chosen titles with a membership to Audible.

Books may be read aloud by a narrator, the authors themselves, well-known stars or even performed by an audio cast. Many podcasts also have famous hosts – for instance, Michael Caine’s podcast Heist is about famous robberies, and then there’s From the Oasthouse, Alan Partridge’s podcast, which, of course, is read by the East Anglian superstar himself.

How does Audible work?

By signing up to Audible on the standard membership, you receive one new audiobook every month you are a member. You can choose from a range of membership plans and which one you have will determine how many Audible “credits” you receive each month, which can be exchanged for audiobooks on the service.

You can listen to all the Audible Original Podcasts with unlimited streaming and there are also a number of exclusive offers and deals throughout the month, including the “Daily Deals” which offer a different title for up to 80% off each day.

The thing is, Audible doesn’t allow third-party players. In fact, the audiobook files are encrypted and download in a special format called “AAX”. So, if you want to use a third-party audiobook reader, you first need to convert the Audible audiobooks to MP3 format. Once you’ve done that, you can play the converted audiobooks on any device and using any music or MP3 application.

There are two major steps to convert Audible audiobooks to MP3. First, you need to download the Audible audiobook. Second, rip and convert it to MP3. Though sounds complicated, it is pretty easy to do. This is some of the best ways to convert an Audible audiobook file.

How to download Audible books on a computer

1. Go to audible.com in a browser on your Mac or PC and log into your account, if necessary.

2. Select "Library" in the menu at the top of the screen.

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Select "Library." Devon Delfino/Business Insider

3. Locate the desired audiobook and select "Download," located under the "Other Actions" column.

You'll then see the download notification pop up. Once it's finished downloading, you'd be able to open the file and start listening to your audiobook on- or offline.

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Click "Download" next to the book you want. Devon Delfino/Business Insider

How to download Audible books on a mobile device

You'll need to have a stable WiFi connection in order for your audiobook to download properly:

1. Open the Audible app on your phone and log in, if needed.

2. Tap "Library," located either at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or within the side menu on an Android.

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Tap "Library." Devon Delfino/Business Insider

3. Select "Cloud" — iPhone users will see it in orange at the top of the screen while Android users may have to tap "Library" at the top and select "Cloud" from the dropdown.

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Select "Cloud." Devon Delfino/Business Insider

4. Locate the audiobook you want to download and tap the cover.

Once downloaded, you won't see that download icon on top of the audiobook cover, and the cover won't be greyed out. You would then be able listen to your audiobook on your mobile device even when you aren't connected to a WiFi source.

Method 1: How to Convert Audible Audiobooks using iTunes

Step 1: Buy and install audio conversion software which can remove DRM protection. Unfortunately, there is no reliable, free way to remove DRM protection from Audible files, and while many audio conversion programs which can do so have free trials, you'll ultimately need to buy the full version of the program to convert a whole book. Programs which can remove DRM protection on both Windows and Mac computers include the following:

TuneFab

DRMare Audio Converter

Noteburner iTunes DRM Audio Converter

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Step 2: Open iTunes. Double-click the iTunes app icon, which resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background.

Step 3. Open the Audiobooks page. Click the drop-down box in the upper-left side of the iTunes window (it will usually have Music written in it), then click Audiobooks in the resulting drop-down menu. Doing so brings up a list of your iTunes audiobooks.

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Step 4: Find your audiobook's file on your computer.

  • Windows — Right-click the name of the audiobook, then click Show in Windows Explorer in the resulting drop-down menu.
  • Mac — Click once the name of the audiobook, click File, and click Show in Finder in the resulting drop-down menu.
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Step 5: Copy the file to your desktop. This will make it easier to find later:

Select the audiobook's file by clicking it once.

Press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac) to copy the file.

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Step 6: Navigate to the desktop and click an empty space.

Press Ctrl+V (Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac) to paste the file onto your desktop.

Open your Audible conversion software. Double-click the app icon for the software which you downloaded and installed earlier.

If you haven't yet bought the full version of your software, you may have to log in or register with your payment information before proceeding.

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Step 7: Select your Audible file. Click Browse or Open in your software's window, then click the audio file's name in the Desktop folder and click Open.

In some cases, you may have to click and drag the audiobook's file onto the conversion software's window.

Your audio conversion software may be able to detect audiobooks by default. If so, click the Audiobooks tab and look for your audiobook's file name.

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Step 8: Select an output audio format. Once you've added your Audible audiobook's file to the converter, find the conversion section and click your preferred audio format. In most cases, you'll want to use MP3 as the audio format.

  • AAC is another commonly used audio format, though fewer platforms will support AAC.
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Step 9: Convert your audiobook. Click OK or Convert to begin converting your audiobook's file into an MP3 (or AAC) file. Once the audiobook finishes converting, you'll be able to play it as a standard audio file in virtually any program which supports audio playback.

This process can take several hours to complete if your audiobook is long enough, so make sure your computer is sufficiently powered.

Method 2: How to convert Audible Audiobooks using OpenAudible

Since the Audible provides no first-party application for our purpose, we are going to use a free and open-source application called OpenAudible. It is a very simple application that lets you download, listen, and convert Audible audiobooks.

1. First, head over to OpenAudible GitHub page and download the latest version for Windows (file with .exe extension). After downloading, install it like any other Windows application.

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2. After installing, open the installed application. Before you can download and convert audiobooks, you need to connect your Audible account. To do that, click on the “Controls → Connect to Audible” option.

In case you are wondering, this is important because Audible books are DRM protected. i.e, encrypted. Without your account information, the application cannot decrypt and convert the file.

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3. The above action will open a browser window. Here, enter your Audible account details and click the “Sign in” button.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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4. After signing in, go to your audiobooks catalog page. Generally, you should be automatically taken to this page. Once you are here, simply close the browser window.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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5. In the main OpenAudible window, you will see all your audiobooks listed at the bottom of the window.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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6. Select the book you want to download and convert, right-click on it and select “Download”.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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7. As soon as you select the option, the download should start. Depending on the size of the audiobook and your internet connection speed, it can take some time to complete.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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8. Once OpenAudible completes the download process, it will automatically convert the downloaded file to MP3. You can see the progress next to “State”.

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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If it didn’t automatically start converting, simply right-click on the downloaded file at the bottom panel and select the “Convert to MP3” option.

9. After converting Audible audiobook to MP3, the state will change to “MP3 on disk”.

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10. To find the file, right-click on the audiobook and select the “Show MP3” option.

11. The above action will open the download location in the File Explorer.

As you can see, it is pretty simple to convert Audible audiobooks to MP3. You can now use almost any third-party audiobook reader or even a regular MP3 player to listen to your favorite audiobook.

If you like your MP3 files split into chapters, OpenAudible can do that too. Select “File → Split by chapter”, select the MP3 file and you are done. OpenAudible has several such features that make your life easier. Just play with the application and you will discover some interesting and useful options.

Method 3: Convert Audible Books via UkeySoft Audible Converter

UkeySoft Audible Converter is also a great and popular Audible to MP3 Converter you can’t miss. It has the ability to crack Audible DRM and convert Audible AA, AAX Audiobooks to MP3, M4A, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AIFF and more formats on Mac and Windows computer. Amazingly, it is able to work at 100X quicker speed when converting Audible Audiobooks to MP3 at the same time keep original quality, ID3 tags and chapters. During the whole process, you don’t need to launch iTunes and authorize Audible account!

Step 1. Open UkeySoft Audible Converter, click “Add” button or drag & drop to add the downloaded Audible AA,AAX files to the program.

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Step 2. Click “Options” to set the output parameters like format, bitrate, sample rate, or split the audiobooks. Here you need to select MP3 as output format.

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Step 3. After the above settings, hit on “Convert” button to begin to convert DRM-ed Audible Audiobooks to MP3 with high quality. After the conversion is completed, click “History” to get the converted Audible MP3 files.

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Pros:

1. Convert Audible files without iTunes and Audible authentication.

2. Convert Audible Books to MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC and more formats.

3. Lossless output quality and customize output parameters.

4. Keep chapter info and ID3 tags, and you can change ID3 tags freely.

5. Unbelievable fast conversion speed and batch conversion.

7. Split Audible Audiobooks to multiple parts by chapter, time.

6. Works perfectly on Windows PC and MacOS.

Method 4: Convert Audible Audiobooks to MP3 via Audio Recorder

Audio Recorder is a popular screen audio & video recorder that supports to record Audible audiobooks and rip Audible to MP3 format. In addition to recording Audible audiobooks, it also enables you to record everything played on the screen with high quality. For example, you can use it to record YouTube videos, Apple Music, Spotify Music, etc.

Guide: Record and Save Audible Audiobooks as MP3

Step 1. Install and launch Audio Recorder on PC or Mac. To save Audible audiobooks as MP3 files, please select “Audio Recorder” function.

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Step 2. Turn on the “System Sound, and turn off the “Microphone.

Step 3. Go to menu bar, select “Preferences” > “Output”, pick the MP3 format.

Step 4. Now play the Audible audiobooks you want o record on iTunes or Books (MacOS 10.15 Catalina), and tap on the “Rec” on the program.

Best Online Audible Audiobooks Converters

DRmare Audio Converter (Mac & Windows)

How to Convert Audible.Com Audiobooks: Simple and Easy Ways
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DRmare Audio Converter is one of the best Audible converters. As an audiobook DRM removal, it can remove DRM from Audible with lossless quality kept. Besides, it's easier to use and more powerful than other competitors.

Specifically, it can convert Audible AA / AAX to MP3, WAV, etc. at up to 10X faster speed. Meanwhile, users can set other audiobook parameters like bit rate, and more. It also allows users to split large audiobooks into small clips via chapters or hours.

Thanks to the built-in ID3 editor, the original ID tags of the Audible books will be retained well. Besides, it gives users the ability to customize ID3 tags in their way. There is no doubt that it's the most comprehensive Audible DRM removal. It enables you to play all Audible books on any device as you wish, like Apple iPod, Sony Walkman, etc.

Moreover, this tool is not only an Audible converter, but also an all-in-one audio converter. It can convert iTunes music, Apple Music and non-DRM audio files as well.

Epubor Audible Converter (Mac & Windows)

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Epubor Audible Converter is also an easy-to-use Audible book converter. Let's see the complete Epubor Audible Converter review. It's capable of removing DRM from Audible losslessly. And it can convert protected Audible AA and AAX audiobooks to MP3, etc.

With an innovative encoding method, it runs at 60X speed. All the original parameters can be kept well. This tool also supports splitting a single Audible book into many clips. Or you can just split big audiobooks by time or chapters as you like. As for the editing feature, it only comes with a 'Meta' option to edit the book cover or title.

TunesKit Audible Converter (Mac & Windows)

For a dedicated Audible converter, TunesKit Audible AA/AAX Converter will be the best alternative. Traditional Audible audiobook DRM removal needs to authenticate the Audible account in iTunes. But this intelligent tool can remove DRM from Audible books no need to install iTunes. That's to say, you can convert Audible audiobooks even without the Audible account.

TunesKit Audible AA/AAX Converter works at a 100X faster speed. It preserves the original quality of the audiobook. It also supports splitting the large files into small segments by chapters or hours. You can keep the ID3 tags, including book cover, author, publisher, etc. It should be the best AAX to MP3 converter.

Audials Tunebite Audiobook Converter (Windows Only)

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Audials Tunebite is another best Audible to MP3 converter. It can convert Audible audiobooks to unprotected formats with recording technology.

As a smart audio recorder, Tunebite can record encrypted audiobooks from Audible. And it helps Audible books supported by most popular devices and players. Audials Tunebite Platinum can also convert other DRM copy-protected music and audiobooks well.

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