Audio Help and FAQ

Q: Which of these files should I download and use?

Whichever you like, or both! The .M4B file is the “standard” audiobook format that gives additional functions like chapters, saving your place, and the ability to add bookmarks. The catch is that it requires a special player to use.

On the other hand, .MP3 is a widely used audio format that can be played in pretty much anything, but it has limits for audiobooks. Unlike .M4B, .MP3 doesn’t allow you to add bookmarks or easily jump between chapters.

Q: How do I get the file to my device?

It depends on which file format you download and which player, app, or device you’re using to listen. There are more specific details below.

Q: Can I add the file to my existing Audible library and listen in the Audible app?

At this time, no, Audible doesn’t allow the import of audiobook files not directly purchased from Audible.com or on the Audible app. Hopefully, they’ll add it in the future!

Q: How do I play the file on my computer?

The easiest, most widely available option is with a program called iTunes. It’s available for free on both PC and Mac and it can play both the .M4B and .MP3 file formats.

Once you’ve downloaded iTunes, follow these directions to add the audiobook file to your iTunes Library and play it.

Q: I want to listen on my iPhone or iPad. How do I do that?

For iPhone and iPad, the best and easiest option is to use Apple Books, which comes pre-installed on every iOS device. If you don’t have it on your device, you can download it from Apple’s App Store here.

To get the file onto your iPhone or iPad, you’ll first need to add the .M4B or .MP3 file to your iTunes library on a computer, then sync it to your iPhone or iPad.

To learn more about listening to audiobooks in Apple Books, check out this helpful article. If you’re still having trouble getting the file to your Apple device, contact Apple Support.

There are also many other audiobook player apps available on the Apple App Store.

Q: I want to listen on my Android phone or tablet. How do I do that?

To listen on an Android device, you’ll need to install an audiobook player app from the Google Play Store, then add the .M4B or .MP3 file to that app’s library. I can’t cover or offer technical help for every app out there, but the ones I’ve seen recommended most often are: