Convert Audible Audiobook Files (with Pictures)

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Convert Audible Audiobook Files (with Pictures)
Convert Audible Audiobook Files (with Pictures)

This wikiHow teaches you how to download and convert an Audible audiobook file. Since Audible audiobooks are protected and cannot be unlocked by ordinary audio conversion software, you must purchase a program to remove the protection before converting the file. You also need iTunes to find and move the audiobook file.


Part 1 of 3: Download in Windows

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Step 1. Install iTunes if you don't already have it

iTunes is one of the few programs that can play Audible audiobooks, and you can manage your downloaded Audible files with it.

Most Audible conversion software also requires iTunes to be installed

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Step 2. Open Start


Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

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Step 3. Open the Microsoft Store

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Click on it Storeicon or type store in the Start menu and then

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Store at the top of the Start window.

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Step #4. Search for Audible

Click the search bar in the top right corner of the Store window, type audible and press ↵ Enter.

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Step 5. Click Download

It's a blue button in the Store window. Audible for Windows will be downloaded.

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Step 6. Click Start when prompted

You will see this button appear instead of the button To download in the Store window. The Audible login page opens.

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Step 7. Sign in to your Amazon account

click on To register, enter your email address and the password you use to log in to Amazon, and click To register.

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Step 8. Download an Audible audiobook

Click the down arrow in the lower-left corner of your audiobook icon, then Not now if prompted to stream the book. The download of the book will begin.

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Step 9. Click on ⋯

You'll find this option in the lower-right corner of the book's icon. A drop-down menu will appear.

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Step 10. Click Import into iTunes

You will find this option at the bottom of the drop-down menu. The audiobook will now be added to your iTunes library, after which you can proceed to convert the audiobook.

Part 2 of 3: Download on a Mac

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Step #1. Open Audible

Go to in your computer's web browser. The Audible home page appears if you are logged in to Audible.

  • If you are not logged in to Audible, click To register in the top right corner of the page, and enter your email address and password when prompted.
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Step #2. Select Library

This is a tab at the top of the page. Hovering your mouse cursor over this option will bring up a drop-down menu.

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Step 3. Click on My Books

You'll see this option in the drop-down menu.

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Step 4. Find the book you want to download

You'll see a list of titles you've purchased in audiobook form on this page.

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Step 5. Click DOWNLOAD

It's a black button to the right of your audiobook title. The audiobook will be downloaded.

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Step 6. Sign in your Mac computer

If you see a pop-up window telling you that your computer needs to be signed in to Audible, click Yes, sign in to your Audible account with your Amazon credentials, and click the link Click here to complete your activation!

. You should now be able to see Audible audiobooks in iTunes.

Part 3 of 3: Converting files

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Step 1. Purchase and install audio conversion software that can remove DRM protection

Unfortunately, there's no reliable, free way to remove DRM protection from Audible files, and while many audio conversion programs have free trials, you'll eventually need to purchase the full version of the program to convert an entire book. Programs that can remove DRM protection in both Windows and Mac computer include the following:

  • TuneFab
  • DRMare Audio Converter
  • Noteburner iTunes DRM Audio Converter
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Step 2. Open iTunes

Double-click iTunes, whose icon resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background.

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Step 3. Open the Audiobooks page

Click the drop-down menu at the top left of the iTunes window (usually that says Music in it), then click audiobooks in the resulting drop-down menu. A list of your iTunes audiobooks will appear.

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Step 4. Locate your audiobook files on your computer

  • Windows - Right-click on the audiobook name, then click View in Windows Explorer in the resulting drop-down menu.
  • Mac - Click once on the audiobook name, click File, and click Show/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 file by clicking it once.
  • Press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac) to copy the file.
  • Go to your desktop and click on an empty space.
  • Press Ctrl+V (Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac) to paste the file to your desktop.
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Step 6. Open your Audible conversion software

Double-click the icon of the software you previously downloaded and installed.

If you have not yet purchased the full version of your software, you may need to log in or register with your payment details before continuing

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Step 7. Select your Audible file

click on To leaf through or To open in the window of your software, then click the name of the audio file in the folder on your desktop, and click To open.

  • In some cases, you need to drag the audiobook file into the conversion software window.
  • Your audio conversion software may be able to detect audiobooks by default. If so, click on the tab audiobooks or audiobooks and search for the file name of your audiobook.
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Step 8. Choose an audio format for your audiobook

Once you have added the Audible audiobook to the converter, go to the conversion section and click on your preferred audio format. In most cases you use MP3 as the audio format.

AAC is another widely used audio format, although it is less supported by the different platforms

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Step 9. Convert your audiobook

click on OK or Convert to convert the audiobook to an MP3 (or AAC) file. When the audiobook is finished converting, you can play it as any regular audio file in just about any program that can play audio files.

This process can take several hours if your audiobook is long enough, so make sure your computer is plugged into AC power


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