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.
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: