Want to back up Audible books and save Audible files to your own devices? In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert Audible audiobooks to unprotected MP3 files, so that you can backup Audible files to an hard drive, external drive, USB flash drive, SD card, Cloud drive, and portable devices, etc.

Amazon’s Audible is the largest audiobook producer and retailer, and it allows users to listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and Audible Originals. If you are a big Audible lover, you may have acquired a large amount of audiobooks over the years. So why not back up Audible books? It is always a good habit to back up your Audible audiobooks to prevent bad things from happening. In this tutorial, we will explain why you need to back up Audible books, and guide you how to backup your Audible collection to an external drive, USB flash drive, SD card, Cloud drive, and portable devices, etc.

Part 1. Why Should You Back up Audible Books?

There are various important reasons why you need to backup Audible books and save Audible files. Audible is a streaming service which adds copy protection on all Audible Audiobooks to protect their intellectual property. All downloaded Audible Audiobooks are saved in specific AA or AAX format, instead of the common MP3 format. You can only play Audible books in the Audible app, iTunes or Audible website. But the point of backing them up is to use and enjoy the audiobooks freely. For example, you can:

* Play Audible books on MP3 player or other music apps;
* Share your Audible books with your friends or family;
* Transfer Audible content to your USB drive, portable devices, etc.
* Avoid something bad happen, such as your Audible books disappeared, or one day ceases to exist, etc.

Therefore, it’s very necessary to back up Audible books in case something bad. Due to DRM restriction, you can’t export/backup any audiobooks from Audible app even you’ve downloaded it. In order to back up Audible audiobooks, you need to crack Audible DRM and convert Audible books to MP3 format. Here comes a powerful Audible to MP3 Converter – TunesBank Audible Converter.

Part 2. Best & Easiest Way to Back up Audible Books

TunesBank Audible Converter is multifunctional tool which can help you get rid of DRM lock from Audible and convert Audible Audiobooks from AA, AAX to unprotected MP3 format supported by any device and player. Besides converting Audible books to MP3, it also enables you to convert Audible AA/AAX files to M4A, FLAC, WAV format with 100% original quality. Amazingly, it does not require the installation of the iTunes app and Audible authentication.

The built-in Audible Splitter even allows you to split the large audiobook to small part by chapter or time (helps to back up Audible books on small devices). What’s the benefit of that? Well, by converting Audible books to MP3, you’ll be able to transfer, backup and enjoy Audible books offline on any device, such as USB drive, MP3 players, iPods, iOS, Android, PSP, smart speakers, etc.

Great Features of TunesBank Audible Converter:

  • Decrypt DRM lock from Audible AA and AAX audiobooks.
  • Convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to MP3/M4A/FLAC/WAV.
  • Preserve original audio quality and customize output quality.
  • Keep chapter info and ID3 tags of Audible Audiobooks.
  • Edit ID3 tags and split Audible Audiobooks by chapter or time.
  • Works at 100X higher speed on Mac & PC; Batch conversion.
  • Listen to Audible books offline on any MP3 player, iPods, etc.
  • Transfer, backup and save Audible files on any device with ease.

Step-by-step: Convert Audible to MP3 & Back up Audible Books

Preparation: Download Audible Books to Your Computer
Before backing up Audible books, you need to download the purchased Audible audiobooks from the Audible library to your Mac or PC computer. Go to Audible website on your browser, and sign in with your account. Then turn to “Library” and find the Audible books you want to download, hit the “Download” button. Once done, the Audible books will be saved as AA or AAX files.

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Step 1. Install & Run TunesBank Audible Converter
First, download, install and launch TunesBank Audible Converter on Mac or Windows PC.

launch TunesBank audible converter

Step 2. Add AA/AAX Files to TunesBank
You can directly drag and drop the AA/AAX files to the program. Or click the “+” icon to import the Audible files manually.

drag and drop audible files to program

Step 3. Adjust Output Settings
Go to the menu bar, and choose “Output Settings”. In the pop up window, you can adjust the Output Format, Sample Rate, Bitrate, and split the audiobook.

select mp3 format

Step 4. Start Converting Audible Books to MP3
Hit on “Convert All” button to begin to unlock the DRM and convert the selected Audible books to MP3 with lossless quality and chapters kept.

convert from audible to mp3

After that, you can go to “Completed” section to get the DRM-free Audible MP3 files.

Get MP3 Audiobooks

Step 5. Back Up Audible Books to External Drive, USB Drive, MP3 Players, Cloud Drive, etc.
Now you can backup the unprotected Audible MP3 files to an external drive, USB drive, SD card, smartphone, MP3 player, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud drive, etc. Follow the simple guides to backup Audible audiobooks.

1 # Backup Audible Books to External Drive
After converting Audible books to MP3 files, all the audiobooks will be saved on your hard drive, then you can connect an external hard drive to your computer via USB cable, then copy and paste the MP3 audiobooks to the drive.

1 # Backup Audible Books to External Drive, USB Drive, SD Card, MP3 Players/Android Devices
After converting Audible books to MP3 files, all the audiobooks will be saved on your hard drive, they are DRM-free. Connect your external drive, USB flash drive, SD card (insert to the SD card reader), generic MP3 player or Android device to the computer via USB cable, then directly drag and drop the Audible MP3 files to it. When finished, eject the device from the computer.

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2 # Backup Audible Books to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch/iPhone/iPad
Firstly, import the Audible MP3 files to iTunes library, then connect your iPod or iOS device to iTunes via Apple USB cable, and then sync the MP3 audiobooks to the device.

3 # Backup Audible Books to Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud drive
Go to the Google Drive website, and sign in with your Google account or others. Then upload the Audible MP3 files.

By the way, you can also backup Audible files to OneDrive site or iCloud drive, etc.

Final Words

Whether you want to backup, copy or transfer your Audible books to other devices, first you need to remove DRM from Audible books and convert AA/AAX files to unprotected MP3 files. In this way, you can freely backup, use and enjoy the Audible Audiobooks. TunesBank Audible Converter can help you get this job done with a few click. With it, you will be able to backup all your Audible collection to any device, and listen to them anywhere! Try this great tool now and start backing up your Audible books!

Back Up Audible Books


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