Convert Audible AAX Audiobook to MP3: A Step-by-Step Guide

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When I want to play an audiobook to free my eyes, I will choose Audible. You know Audible is the world’s largest library of Audiobooks, we could search and buy any files we want to listen to.

The reason that I want to convert Audible audiobook to normal MP3: Audio books from audible.com can’t be recognized by my favorite MP3 player!

Audible audio files are either .aax or .aa, while those popular MP3 players such as Sony Walkman support .mp3 format perfectly. I don’t want to be bundled with the Audible app, and I want to listen Audible offline!

Here is a full guide on how to download audible audiobook to mp3.

Step 1. Download Audible AAX to Computer

Visit audible.com, log in with your own account, then switch to “Library”. You will see all the purchased files you bought from audible.

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Then, select your target audio quality format as “Enhanced”(.aax) or “Format4”(.aa), download. Then, downloading begins.

On Windows computer, use AudibleSync app(replace the audible download manager), or Audible Win10 app.

Convert audible to mp3 Mac? Visit audible.com then go to “Library”, select files to download, then files will be downloaded directly. Once the downloading completed, you can select the file and “Open in Finder”.

audible mac aax

If your mac os is 10.14.6 Mojave or earlier, your audible will be open in iTunes. If your macOS is 10.15 Catalina, the downloaded audible will appear in Apple Books (audiobooks section).

Choose files and start downloading, please. Then wait for the downloading completed.

Step 2. Convert AAX to MP3 (with Chapters)

Please keep in mind that This tool doesn't support converting iTunes audiobooks.

The tool you need: Epubor Audible Converter.


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See? This tool is easy to use as its clean interface. Add books, choose MP3 as the output format(it also supports audible to m4b conversion), OK. It converts your audible files to mp3 at light speed.

Note: If “failed” after you adding books, it’s likely that the file downloading hasn’t been completed well. We can see the audiobook file’s entire name, then we guess the downloading is OK. But back to your download manager or audible app, you will see that the downloading process bar is still running. Try to download audiobook again and wait until it’s 100% finished. This is very important.

Another reason I highly recommend you use this tool is its splitting audible in chapters function. After you add audio files, you can click on the “Option” icon to divide the audiobooks into the books chapters..

audiobook chapters split audible

If switching to the “Meta” tab, we can also edit audible audiobook’s metadata: Title, album, artist, copyright, year, genre, comments, cover. It’s also a tiny audible audio tag editor.

audiobook meta edit

AAX to MP3 -- Retaining chapters? Why chapters losing?
Q: I used the "Option" function and set "Split by chapters". But finally I found that one of the converted file is chapters losing. Why?

A: By default, this tool won't miss any chapters or audio file contents. It keeps the original quality as the downloaded audible files. If you found some chapters losing, it's likely that the downloaded aax file you get is not a completed file. Delete the file, and download the aax file again to your computer!

Step 3. Transfer MP Files to Devices (iPad, Android...)

Click on “Option” to get everything set well, “OK”. Set “MP3” as output format, click on “Convert to…” button. Waiting for the conversion completed, you will see the “Succeeded” message and the output folder will pop up automatically. Your audible audiobooks are converted to MP3 with no loss in sound quality.

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As shown in the image above, the chapter name of the converted file will be the same as the original one provided by Audible (even if you have split the audible chapters).

You can enjoy those MP3 files on your device (playing on mp3 players) freely now.

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Bonus tips and tricks:

1 Update Jun/20/2019: If you download audible files via Audible android app (version 2.37.0 and above) or audible ios app, the newly downloaded files will be aaxc format (audible new format, aax 2?), not the aax format(though it's extension is still the .aax). As I known, no tool can help us deal with the AAXC audible books. To convert audible aaxc to mp3, we should get around the aaxc audible android, download files again via audible pc/mac.

2 Someone will complain that the tool doesn’t support Audible Escape files. I should stress my own point here that there is no tool that can help us deal with borrowed/rented audible books.

3 Need a tool to convert audible to mp3 free? Go to SourceForge to use OpenAudible or Inaudible, please. Some people like them as they were really helpful, but sometimes the result was scrambled, and no customer service!

4 Someone will recommend you use online tools, or by recording, but I won’t advise you to do so. You will meet some unpredictable problems which will make you angry! What’s worse, you hate those advertisements here and there, right?

5 Epubor tool is paid software, free trial version helps convert 10 minutes of each audible audiobook.

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6 Yes, there are many audible audiobook to mp3 converters such as Tuneskit, Audials. These tools are safe and they do help you achieve your goal. Take your time, please. Here I recommend Epubor Audible Converter because it helps convert audible to mp3 without iTunes, and it’s the cheapest one with nearly the same functions. It deserves your money.



has covered software online marketing for more than 6 years. She joined Epubor since 2013, covering content writing, affiliate marketing, global brand expansion, video marketing, and business development.

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