Audible allows its subscribers to listen to books on any and all platforms. The app has a built-in feature that allows users to download titles to their device’s local storage. The file itself though is in a proprietary format meaning it cannot be played without the Audible app.
Audible’s proprietary format prevents piracy, as it should. The download feature makes it so that users don’t need an active internet connection to listen to the books they’ve bought and the file format keeps them from being shared freely.
Convert Audible books to MP3
If you do not want to use the Audible app to listen to your books, i.e., you’d like to be able to use your preferred media player to listen, you will need to convert the book to a different format i.e., MP3.
A note on piracy
This article does not provide instructions on how to pirate books from Audible. In order to convert a book, you must have an active subscription to the service. You must also have the Audible app installed on your Windows 10 PC. Without the app, you will not be able to convert books to MP3 format.
Once converted, do not share/sell them. It’s illegal. The MP3 files should be used for your own benefit.
Convert AAX and AA files to MP3
- Download the Audible app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store.
- Go to your library and download the title you want to listen to.
- Once the download is complete, click the hamburger icon at the top left of the Audible app.
- Select Settings.
- Go to Downloads.
- Click Open Download location in File Explorer.
- Download, install and run AaxAudioConverter from Github.
- Make sure Audible is open so that AaxAudioConverter can verify your account. If verification fails, you will not be able to use the app.
- With AaxAudioConverter open, drag & drop the downloaded file (from the File Explorer window) on to the app.
- Select the conversion format.
- Select a destination for the output files.
- Click Convert.
- Once converted, open the destination folder.
- Sort the files by chapter number, and start listening in your favorite media player.
The converted files retain their metadata but they can be moved from one device to another i.e., if you have an Android phone, you can easily copy these files to the phone’s storage and listen in your preferred audio player. Again, we must stress that you should not distribute the MP3 files online nor share them with anyone even if they have an Audible subscription.