How to Download Audible Books

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Audible Shows You the Status of Your Pending Downloads.

So now you're interested in Audible, but you may be wondering how to buy books on Audible, then download the audiobook titles to your devices. There are a couple ways you can purchase Audible books, including:

  • From the Audible website
  • In the Audible app
  • Via Amazon, by purchasing the audio book directly
  • Via Amazon, by adding the Audible narration to one of your Kindle books

How to Buy Books on the Audible Website

If you're an Audible subscriber, you'll be notified when you've been charged and therefore have credits available. You can then begin adding the books you want to your Audible Wish List. Like Amazon Wish Lists, there's no limit on the number of items you can gather, although unlike Amazon, you can have only one list on Audible.

Your Audible Wish List is separate from the Amazon wish lists. You're able to place the same title on both sites, however, Amazon will prevent you from purchasing a book you already have in your Audible library.

Your Wishlist Holds All the Books You Want Until You Can Buy Them

While browsing a book's details, you'll see the price listed alongside the cost to purchase with credits. Although the cost to purchase books with a credit card can differ, you can get just about any book with one credit.

  1. When you're browsing a list, select Add to Cart next to one or more books.

    Alternatively, if you're looking at a book's detail, you can select Buy Now for $xx.xx, which will take you directly to payment for just that book.

    Add Books to Your Cart While Browsing Audible
  2. Select the cart at the top of the page.

    View Your Cart by Clicking the Icon in the Upper Right of the Header
  3. In the cart, if you have credits available, Audible will use them first to cover your purchase. If they aren't enough, you'll see the subtotal required to buy the rest of your items.

    The Cart Will Automatically Apply Any Credits You Have to Your Purchase

    ´╗┐You have the ability to pick and choose which books use credits, and which you'll pay for with cash. Be sure to use your credits on the most expensive books first.

  4. Select Proceed to Checkout to make your purchase.

  5. You'll review your order on the next page. Make sure everything is correct, or select Edit Items to go back.

    The Checkout Screen Lets You Confirm Your Items, But Not Change Them
  6. Select Complete purchase to finish buying your new book(s). You'll land on a page confirming your success.

    The Confirmation Screen Means Your Purchase is Complete
  7. Now you'll be able to see your new books available for download in your Library.

How to Buy Books on Audible Using the App

Purchasing books using the Audible app is just as easy as its website, and it follows similar steps.

These steps apply to the Audible app for Windows, Android, and iOS.

  1. From either the store or your Wish List, you'll need to select Buy Now for $xx.xx to buy books individually, as there is no cart.

    Alternately, tap 'x' Credit(s) available to purchase using any credits you might have. This is greyed out if you don't have any credits.

    On Mobile Devices, You Can Choose to Pay With Cash or Your Credits
  2. The screen will update and prompt you to select Confirm Purchase. From this screen, you can also change your payment method or select Cancel if you don't want to go through with the purchase.

    You'll Have the Chance to Confirm Your Purchase, Where You Can Change Your Payment Method
  3. When your purchase goes through, you'll see a confirmation screen.

    On the Confirmation Screen, You Can Go to Your Library to Get Your Book
  4. On the Audible Android and iOS app, tap View in Library to jump to the book in your Library, where you can download it. The Windows version doesn't have this option.

How to Buy Books on Audible From Amazon

As previously noted, you can purchase books in Audible format through the Amazon website; it's included as one of the format options, alongside others like hardback, paperback, or Kindle.

Audible Is One of Several Formats Available on Amazon

Purchasing this way works just like it does for other formats, including the cart process and confirmation. The only difference is the book will appear in your Audible Library

Adding Audible Narration to a Kindle Book You Own

  1. From Amazon.com, go to Account & Lists > Your content and devices > Content.

  2. Select the three horizontal dots icon to the left of a book you own.

    You Can Add Audible Narration to Kindle Books You Own Where Available
  3. If the book is also available on Audible, select Add Narration below the book's cover.

How to Download Your Audible Books

Once your purchase is complete, the items will appear in your Library. From the Audible website, you can stream your books, which will start playing them for you immediately. However, on mobile devices, it's much better to download them.

There are two sections to the Library on Windows, iOS, and Android devices:

  • Cloud: a collection of all the things you've purchased in the past.
  • Device: contains only the items you've downloaded locally.

Make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network when downloading books, unless you have a high-speed, unlimited data plan. Some books, depending on their length, can be 1 GB in size, and can make a big impact on your data cap.

On all platforms, the books you haven't yet downloaded appear with download icon in their lower left corner (Windows) or lower right corner (mobile). To download them:

  1. Select the three horizontal dots icon next to your desired book.

    A Book's Overflow Menu is the Three Dots Next to Its Information
  2. Select Download.

    Open the Overflow Menu to Download The Book to Your Device
  3. Your book will start to download. You can start listening to it as it downloads, but don't disconnect from the broadband network just yet.

    You Can Start Listening to Your Book While It's Still Downloading
  4. Wait until the progress spinner indicates your download is done.