How to Convert Audible Book to Text

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-08-25 / Update for Audiobook Tips

"How do you convert Audible books to text?" You may find such questions on Reddit or other forums while talking about audiobooks. Many Audible users hope to find a solution to listen and read a book on Audible at the same time. To experience a book in both visual and auditory formats, they need the text version of the Audible books.

Does Audible come with text? How to convert Audible book to text? If you are confused about those problems still, please never miss this post. It will recommend two working gadgets to get the text of a book from Audible. On top of that, it will take you through a great tool that helps you keep Audible books forever for listening to Audible offline without membership.

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Part 1. Do Audible Books Come with Text

In general, Audible audiobooks do not come with a text version since they are narrated by a professional voice actor. But, some particular books on Audible may have a companion ebook available for purchase separately.

Additionally, Audible also offers a feature called "Whispersync for Voice" feature. It allows you to switch seamlessly between reading the ebook version on Kindle and listening to the audiobook version of a title. Also, The Immerse Reading feature on Audible can help you read along with the ebook while listening to the audiobook narration at the same time.

Part 2. How to Convert Audible to Text Free/Online

All in all, you cannot get a complete and separate text version of an Audible audiobook without Kindles. Yet, considering some Audible users' needs for Audible text versions, some platforms rolled out professional programs that can convert audiobooks from Audible to texts. Now, let's have a look at two popular Audible-to-text converters. Please download Audible Books with your account beforehand.

🚀 Via Google Docs [Audible to Text Converter Free]

The first Google Docs serves as a free Audible-to-text converter, which owns an online version and an app. It is designed as a free web-based software by Google to process words. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with others in real time. Besides, it has the ability to transcribe an audiobook to text when you play the audiobook on your device. You can refer to the details below to explore this tool.

Step 1. Go to Google Docks web page or install its app from the Google Play Store.

Step 2. On the website of Google Docs, tap on the 'Get started with Google Docs' option and load to a new webpage.

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Step 3. Create a blank document under the 'Start a new document' section.

Step 4. From the top toolbar, tap on the 'Tools' option and then choose 'Voice typing' from the list.

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Step 5. Then you can see a microphone icon on the top right corner of the document. Choose a language for your converted text.

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Step 6. Play an audiobook from the Audible app on your device and click the microphone icon to start the transcribing process.

🎙️ Note: Microsoft Word is similar to Google Docs, which enables to convert the audio files to texts. However, to use this feature, you need to upgrade to the Microsoft 365 Premium plan. Furthermore, it only supports WAV, MP3, M4A and MP4 formats. Thus, you need to use AudFree Audible Converter in Part 3 to download and convert encrypted Audible files to those compatible formats before converting them to text.


🚀 Via HappyScribe [Audible to Text Converter Online]

HappyScribe is an online audible-to-text converter. Apart from the Audible audiobooks, it can also transcribe other audio files from more platforms into texts. However, it is not completely free. The first 10-minute files are free and then you need to charge for more converting. It includes three plans: Basic Plan ($17), Pro Plan ($29), and Business Plan ($49). This audible text app makes it much easier to transcribe Audible audiobooks to texts. And here are detailed how-to guide.

Step 1. Navigate to the web page of HappyScribe.

Step 2. Then hit the 'Convert audio to text' button.

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Step 3. Click on 'Upload a new file' and choose the 'Transcription' > 'My Desktop' options to upload the Audible audiobook you want to get the text version.

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Step 4. Wait for the tool to load your Audible files. Then tap on the blue 'Transcribe' button. After a while, you can get the Audible book with a text version.

Part 3. Extension: How to Keep Audible Books without Membership

It is known that the Audible books you download with Audible Membership will disappear if you stop subscribing to Audible. And the downloaded audiobooks on Audible are encoded with protected AA and AAX format. That means you can only play the Audible downloads on its app.

To remove such restrictions of Audible, we would like to introduce the AudFree Audible Book Converter. This all-in-one gadget works to download and convert all Audible audiobooks to various common formats such as MP3, AAC, FLAC, M4A, etc. It makes it possible to listen to Audible books on any other device and player offline whenever you like. Once you convert audiobooks with it, you can keep the downloads as local files permanently, even though you cancel the Audible subscriptions.

Moreover, equipped with advanced decode technology, AudFree Auditior is capable of preserving the lossless audio quality and original metadata (like ID3 tags) after conversion. So, you needn't fret about the Audible sound quality and raw information. To your surprise, this audiobook downloader has a built-in editor. You can use it to change ID3 tags and split large audiobooks into chapters. It can enhance your listening experience in many aspects.

AudFree Audible to Garmin Converter

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  • Losslessly convert Audible audiobooks to local MP3/FLAC/AAC/WAV/M4A/M4B
  • Convert not only Audible but also iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music, etc.
  • Split Audible audiobooks into several small clips by chapters
  • Play Audible books on all devices and players without restrictions

How to Convert Audible Books to MP3 and Other Formats

AudFree Audible Book Converter is compatible with both Mac and PC. By clicking the above green 'Download' button, you can install it on your computer. To follow the copyright protection rules, please download the audiobooks from Audible with your existing Audible account. Then proceed to add the those audiobooks to iTunes. Once finished, you can follow the detailed user guide to convert Audible books.

Step 1Put Audible Books on AudFree Auditior
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When you open the AudFree Audible Converter, the iTunes app will launch simultaneously. Please tap on the first 'Load iTunes Library' button located in the bottom left corner of AudFree's software. From the pop-up window, choose the downloaded or purchased Audible audiobooks from iTunes to load those files. Or, you can drag and drop the files from the folder to the main interface of AudFree Auditior. If you intend to get Audible clips, you can touch the 'Edit' icon on each item. From the 'Split' section, you can split audiobooks into clips by chapters.
Step 2Personalize Audible Books Output Formats and Parameters
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From the bottom-right corner, please tap the first 'Format' button which is like a speaker icon to open the 'Format Setting' window. This way, you can opt to convert Audible audiobooks to MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, or other format. Apart aside this, it enables you to edit other parameters including the bit rate, sample rate, codec, and audio channel for higher quality.
However, you can also enable the bottom 'Keep lossless quality(AA, AAX)' option. This way, the downloaded AA files from Audible will be exported as MP3 automatically and the AAX files can be converted as unprotected M4A.
Step 3Convert Audible Books to MP3 Losslessly
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To kick off the converting process, please press on the 'Convert' button in the bottom right corner of the software. Then the added Audible files will be exported in the unprotected format you selected before at 30X faster speed. Click the bottom-right third 'Converted' button to find the Audible conversions. You can use those Audible audiobooks anywhere and anytime.

Part 4. More FAQs about Audible to Text

Q1: How to see text in Audible?

A: The Immersion Reading feature of Audible allows you to listen to an audiobook while simultaneously reading the text version of the book on either a Kindle e-reader or a Kindle app. It will highlight the portion of the text while listening at the same time.

Q2: How to convert Audible text to speech/voice?

A: Resemble the way to convert Audible to text, you can also resort to a third-party tool. For instance, the online NaturalReader Text-to-Speech tool can convert all written texts to spoken words.

Also, if you are using a Mac, the built-in Dictation & Speech software empowers you to convert your text to voice. Just activate the program in advance. Next, go to the 'Word' section near the Apple icon at the top navigation bar of Mac's screen. Then choose 'Services' > 'Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track'. You can opt to use the female or male's voice and various languages to read your text.

Part 5. Summary

Although Audible books don't come with text amid common situations, we can resort to third-party tools to convert Audible books to text. The above-mentioned programs can help you make it within several clicks. If you don't want to pay much money to play Audible offline and intend to use Audible in other places, please give AudFree Audible Converter a shot. It is an all-around tool that can cater to all your needs. Just install it and explore more features about it!


Ivan Scott

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Ivan Scott, an audiobook enthusiast with a passion for writing. He keeps up with information and tech skills related to iTunes and Audible audiobooks, and shares them with readers.
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