Step-by-Step Guide: How to buy Audible Books on iPhone 2020

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Is there any way to buy audiobooks through the Audible app for iPhone or iPad?
Amazon official reply: At this time, the Audible app for iOS devices does not support in-app purchasing - we're sorry for in any inconvenience this may cause.

Although Amazon says that you can buy your Audible books on mobile devices or computers, that doesn’t mean you can purchase audible book through Audible app for iOS. It is really inconvenient and much of a pain that can’t purchase in app, but we still can find a way to buy audible books on iPhone. In this article, I will walk you through how to buy Audible books on iPhone or iPad.


Q: Why doesn't Audible allow you to buy books from the Audible app for iOS?

A: All digital products such as music, game credits, books, purchased via App for iOS must be charged through the Apple Store payment which includes a 30% fee to Apple. To avoid the margin cut by Apple, Audible choose to make their audiobook content unavailable for purchase via Audible for iOS directly on the iPhone.

Method 1. Buy Audible Books on iPhone via Browser

1 Go to Audible.com on Safari browser on your iPhone.

Go to Audible.com on Safari, and then tap menu button>>Sign in>> input your audible (Amazon)account information and tap “Sign in” to login to Audible website.

sign in audible website

2 Find the Audible books you want to purchase.

Input the book title or author to the top search bar, and then tap the “Search” icon to find the book you want to buy.

sign in audible website

3 Buy Audible books on iPhone

Go to the product detail page, scroll down to find and tap “Buy Now for …” button, and then tap “Confirm Purchase”.

buy audible books iphone

Then you will go to the “Thank you” page which mean you’ve purchased this book successfully.

buy audible books iphone

4 Listen to Audible on iPhone.

Log in Audible app for iPhone, the latest purchased book will be listed at the top. Tap the book title or cover to download this book. You don’t have to download the books completely for playing. When the “Ready to Play” appears besides the book cover, it means you can play this book now while the book is downloading.

listen to audible books iphone

Method 2. Buy Audible Books on iPhone via Audible App for iOS

Maybe there are too many complaints about the inconvenience that purchasing kindle books via browser on iphone, finally Amazon allows to buy audible book directly in Audible app with Credit. If you have no credits in your audible account, please buy audible books via browser.

1 Open the Audible app and tap the search icon at the top right corner.

2 Input the title or author to the search bar. And then find the book you want to buy from the search results.

search audible books

3 Tap Add to Library (1 Credit) and then tap “Confirm”.

buy audible with credit

Now this book has been added to your library. You can download and start listening to the book now.

Pro tips: 5 Must Know Audible Credit Tips to Get Most of It

Bottom line

If buying audible books is too complicated on the iPhone or iPad, just purchase, download and listen to audible on the computer.


joined Epubor since 2017. She always wants to share everything related to ebook reading and improve your reading journey.

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