Can I Listen to Audible Books with Apple Books?

Posted by Adam Gorden on Mar 9, 2021 5:27 PM.

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Audible attracts most audiobook listeners, but not all the listeners like the Audible app. There are always some errors appearing suddenly and stopping the listening, such as Audible audiobook not playing, Audible app not working, and so on. Maybe you don’t want to use the Audible app but you cannot give up Audible audiobooks. Why not look for another app to play Audible audiobooks? Apple Books app is an app of Apple, which is called iBooks in the past. It can be used to read e-books or listen to audiobooks. It is a good choice for iOS users.

But a question comes – how to listen to Audible with Apple Books app? Just check the 2 methods in the following parts.

Part 1. Listen to Audible with Apple Books app with Mac
     Download Audible audiobooks
     Authorize Audible account
Part 2. Listen to Audible with Apple Books and more apps
     3 steps to convert Audible
     Upload Audible audiobooks to iTunes and Apple Books

Listen to Audible with Apple Books app with Mac

In fact, the Apple Books app will replace iTunes to be the default container of audiobooks with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina. So, you will be able to transfer Audible books to Apple Books if you upgrade to this version. Just go to check the MacOS version. Click the Apple Menu on the screen and the About This Mac button. Upgrade it to MacOS 10.15 Catalina if you find that it is not in this version. You’d better back up Audible audiobooks before upgrading it.

To play Audible on Apple Books, you need to download Audible audiobooks and authorize Audible account on Apple Books first. Let’s check the specific instructions of each process.

Download Audible audiobooks with Apple Books

First of all, you need to download an Audible audiobook before you play it on Apple Books.

Step 1. Go to the Audible website and enter the Library page.

Step 2. Look for a book you want to download. Click the Download button next to the audiobook.

Step 3. After the downloading, click on the file on the browser and it will appear on the Apple Books app.

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Authorize Audible account in Apple Books

For those who download Audible audiobooks on Mac for the first time, it is necessary to authorize Audible account.

Step 1. Open the Apple Books app and click the Store button.

Step 2. Click on the Authorizations button and the Authorize This Computer button.

Step 3. A message window will appear and ask you to authorize. Just click OK.

Step 4. Enter your Audible account information.

Step 5. Finally, choose the Activate in Apple Books button.

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Listen to Audible with Apple Books and more apps

You cannot use the Apple Books app on a Windows computer. If you have a Windows computer rather than a Mac or find the operation above is too complicated, there is an easier solution for you.

Audible audiobooks are encrypted and they cannot be played outside the Audible app in most instances. That’s why tons of Audible users decide to convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks. In this case, this is also a suggested solution.

To do the converting, it is necessary to install an Audible converter. Here I suggest ViWizard Audible Converter for Windows/Mac. It can convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, AAC, WAV with 100X faster speed. Want to keep the 100% quality of the original audiobooks? You can select the Lossless option. And it can keep the ID3 tags of Audible audiobooks and split the chapters for you. You do not need to authorize the iTunes account or install the Audible app, which is necessary for other converters. You just need to download Audible files to your PC and install this converter.

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3 steps to convert Audible AA/AAX to Apple Books

This is a brief guide for using ViWizard to convert Audible audiobooks. There are only 3 steps.

1Import audiobooks to ViWizard

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Launch ViWizard Audible Converter. Click the Add File button to load Audible files.

2Choose the target format

set output format

Click the Format button and the format you need. You can also adjust the codec, channel, and other parameters of the output files here. Click the OK button.

3Convert Audible Audiobooks

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Just click the Convert button to convert your audiobooks and wait for a few seconds. Click the Converted button to find your converted Audible audiobook files. Now you can play on any other apps or devices.

Upload Audible audiobooks to iTunes and Apple Books

You can upload the converted audiobooks to iTunes and then transfer them to the Apple Books app on your iOS devices.

Step 1. Open iTunes and choose the file button. Click the Add File to Library option.

Step 2. Locate the Audible files on your computer and click the Open button

Step 3. Connect your iOS device with a computer and click the device icon on iTunes.

Step 4. Click the Audiobooks section and sync your audiobooks. Click the Apply button.

Step 5. Open the Apple Books app on your iOS device. Go to Library > Collections > Audiobooks to play Audible on Apple Books app.

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When you feel the Audible app is hard to use, the Apple Books app is a good alternative for listening to Audible audiobooks. To listen to Audible with Apple Books, you can upgrade Mac OS to add Audible books to Apple Books or convert Audible with ViWizard Audible AA/AAX Converter to play on any app or device including the Apple Books app.

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