Audible Manager For Mac

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This Audio Book Manager lets you catalog and organize your audio book collection. It is optimized for Audible users, but can import MP3 audio books as well.

Please respect copyright owners by not distributing MP3 files created with OpenAudible.

Installation

Install the version for your platform. OpenAudible is an unsigned application. Only download from https://openaudible.org which point to our github release pages. You may need to 'approve' the running of OpenAudible from your operating system, and if you use anti-malware or anti-virus apps, you may need to learn how to run unsigned applications.

Choose one of the installers from the official download page. Only 64-bit architectures are supported on x86_64/AMD64.

  • Mac Users: Right-Click and Open the DMG and Application the first time you run.
  • Windows Users: Double click installer and click through pages.
    Or install from command line: OpenAudible*win.exe -q -overwrite
  • Linux Users: We now support AppImage, the best way to run and install without root.

Note: Mac users should open the OpenAudible.dmg file by selecting it in Finder and Control-Clicking the application, then select Open (right-click 'Open'). This is due to our not being available in the Apple Store and/or not having a signing certificate. You may also need to update your GateKeeper settings to allow unsigned apps to run.

Optional Setup

OpenAudible by default uses a directory in your Home directory called OpenAudible to save all files.

If you want to use a storage location with more disk space, you can configure your working directory in the Preferences. The working directory will contain Audible files (AAX), MP3 files, artwork, and other program data.

The Web Dir can contain a web page listing of your audible content, a json version of your audiobook meta data, and an MP3 directory with titled audio books.

Connecting to Audible

Accessing your library of books requires using our integrated web browser (Control Menu: Browser CTRL-B).

Use the Connect To Audible command to bring up the OpenAudible browser window. If needed, enter the URL for audible (for your region) into the URL bar at the top of the browser.

When requested, enter your credentials to log into your audible account.

Sometimes logging in requires captchas or additional verification that you are a human.

Once logged in to your audible account in the browser, the OpenAudible Library status should change to Connected: Yes.

Once connected, you can do a 'Controls: Full Library Sync' to get all of your books, or 'Quick Library Sync' to just look for new books.

Be sure to set the first library page to display All books, sorting by 'Date Added'. Then you can either do a 'Full Scan' or 'Quick Scan' of your books.

A quick rescan looks for new books in your library (sorted by date added) and also looks for updated meta data. If none is found on a page, the scan stops.

If you're seeing problems downloading a book, sometimes a full rescan will help. Check the File: Show Console for more details.

Downloading Files

You'll need to download your books from Audible. This can be done by selecting one or more of them from the main window and Selecting Action: Download

We recommend downloading just one to start, and you can watch the download state in the Book Information panel. When its done downloading, you can view the AAX file (to verify its location on disk) by selecting Action: Show AAX. You can download all of your books by selecting Control: Download all Books.

Note: OpenAudible only downloads the full book, not the partial files that may be available for long books. This is a design decision to prevent both full and partial versions of the same book. Downloading and importing partial books is not supported or recommended. Use the 'Split by chapter' feature to break full books into smaller parts.

Converting to MP3

Convert your Audible AAX files to MP3 easily by selecting a book and selecting Action: Convert to MP3 or convert them all by Controls: Convert All to MP3

OpenAudible uses a very good quality of MP3 encoding. However, advanced users can adjust the quality settings to make smaller files or higher quality audio. This can be done by editing the 'mp3Qscale' settings in the settings.json file with a value between 0 and 9, with 9 being the lowest quality and smallest file.

Audible files are kept in the AAX directory. Once converted to MP3, you may decide to delete the AAX files to save space.

Audible Settings

Audible has a setting you need to change if you have problems downloading books.

If you see a message about How To Listen or an alert about the need to change a setting, follow these instructions.

Ensure the Check for Audible Download Manager setting is unchecked, try downloading a file again.

Main Window

From left to right, top to bottom, the OpenAudible main window has a search bar, version/news indicator, Library Status Panel, Audio Book Info, Summary Panel, and Audio Book table that lists your books.

Searching

The search bar at the top right of the app allows you to filter books by keywords. Use CTRL-F to activate the search. Use Escape to clear the search results and display all books.

To the right, a line of text displays the current version, and if there are any upgrades or news available.

Library Status

This shows your library stats.

These stats are updated periodically and reflect our best attempt at determining these values. For instance, Hours depends on being able to determine a book's duration.

  • Connected: Shows true or false if 'connected' to your audible account.
  • Region: The audible region you are using (US, AU, UK, FR, DE, IN, DE).
  • Books: Total books managed by the application.
  • Hours: Total listening time of all books.
  • MP3 Files: Number of MP3 files.
  • Ignored: Books ignored by the user. See section on Ignoring books.
  • Missing Links: Books that can't be downloaded because a download link from Audible isn't available. See Unsupported Books.
  • To Download: Number of books that can be downloaded and that aren't already queued for download.
  • To Convert: Number of books that can be converted and that aren't already queued for conversion.
  • Downloading: Number of downloads in progress and how many remain in queue.
  • Converting: Number of MP3 conversions in progress and how many remain in queue.

Note: Click on the number portion of the library status to filter books by that status. For instance, click on the number next to 'To Download' to see all books that can be added to the download queue for downloading.

Audio Book Info

Information about a selected book is displayed here. This info is collected from web or meta tags and cannot (at this time) be edited.

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The blue labels on the left side can be clicked on to filter books by title, author, narrator, genre, or publisher.

Clicking the blue text on the right side will open the browser to display the audible page for the title, author, narrator, genre, or publisher.

The info for each data element is self-explanatory. The State field shows any errors or tasks that can be performed. The ID contains the Product_ID/ASIN.

Ignored Books

Some books in your library might be lame. Maybe you'd rather not see For those books, just select it and Action:Ignore Book to add it to the list of books never to be ignored.

To restore ignored books:

  1. Click on the 'Ignored:' Library Status in the upper-left of the main window
  2. Your ignored books will be shown. Right-click or Action: Unignore Book(s)

Miscellaneous Functions

Exporting

Your audible library can be exported as a web page, json file, or .csv (Excel) file from the File menu, so you'll have a list of all your books.

Importing

Use the File:Import menu, or drag and drop MP3 or AAX files onto the desktop application.

To import a book that contains multiple mp3 files, please see Joining Files in the next section.

Join Audio Files

Some audio books contain multiple mp3 files. To import these into your library, or to simply have a single MP3 file for each book, you can use the Join Audio Files command, under the File Menu. To join audio files into a single mp3 file, choose 'Join Audio Files' from the File menu. Select a directory that contains all the audio files. If an image file is present, it will be used as the cover art. Audio files in the directory will be sorted alphabetically and joined. Next, select a destination directory for the output file. It can be the OpenAudible's 'temp' directory, or anywhere. After joining, you will be asked if you want to import (move) the file to your OpenAudible library.

Split By Chapter

OpenAudible prefers 1 audio file per audio book. Its how our software was designed. However, many people prefer an audio book split by chapter.

You can now export a single book as a folder of mp3/m4a files. Do put split audio files into the OpenAudible working (mp3/m4a) directories or attempt to import them into OpenAudible, or you could end up with a mess.

  1. Select one or more books and select Action:Split by Chapter
  2. and set a destination directory.
  3. To Select a file not in your OpenAudible library, select File:Split by Chapter and select any MP3 file you wish to split.
  4. Select a destination directory location for the split book parts
  5. If chapter data is present, the audio book will be split into multiple chapters, leaving the original file untouched.

Do not import these files into OpenAudible-- OpenAudible is designed for 1 audio file per book.

Additional Help

OpenAudible may stop working at any time, due to changes in Audible systems or web their site. If this happens, check for an update or open issues.

Submitting a bug report from the About menu will send diagnostic information to developers. For best results, restart OpenAudible, reproduce the problem, then fill in the bug report with as many details as possible and click send.

No technical support is provided, no warranty provided, and please do not share your books.

Suggestions welcome by creating a github issue or by sending a bug report from the menu.

This software is copyright the authors of the software.

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Menus

  • File

    • Console - View error messages and technical logs
    • Import Books - Existing AAX and/or MP3 files can be imported--copying them into the media directories
    • Export Web Page - Creates a web page listing your books that you can host on a private server
    • Export Book List - Select either 'CSV' or 'JSON' to choose the output format.
    • Join Audio Files - Combines 2 or more audio files into a single audio file.
    • Split by Chapter - Utility to split an audio file into multiple files, one audio file per chapter.
    • Quit - Exits the application
  • Edit

    • Preferences- Set application directories, encoding format, and language preferences.
  • Controls

    • Connect to Audible - Attempts to log into your Audible account for content scraping
    • Quick Library Sync - Looks for new books and adds them to your library.
    • Full Library Sync - Does a complete scan of your library and updates ratings and book meta data.
    • Download All from Audible - Downloads all audible books that haven't already been downloaded
    • Convert All to MP3 - Converts downloaded files to MP3
    • Browser - Opens internal browser. Connecting and logging in to Audible using this browser helps the app get past any 'captchas' and allows the application to collect information about your books.
    • Rescan Files - Scans your mp3 and aax files and updates your library
  • Actions (acts on selected books)

    • View In Audible - Opens the Browser to the book's Audible page, if available.
    • Show MP3 - Opens Explorer/Finder to display the MP3 in the desktop.
    • Show M4A - Opens Explorer/Finder to display the M4A audio file in the desktop.
    • Show M4B - Opens Explorer/Finder to display the M4B audio file in the desktop.
    • Play Audio Book - Opens MP3 using your system's default MP3 player.
    • Download AAX - Downloads selected books from audible
    • Convert to MP3 - Converts selected books to MP3
    • Refresh Info - Gets missing book meta data from Audible web page such as purchase date, duration and cover artwork.
    • Ignore Book - Permanently adds a book to the OpenAudible ignore list. This book will not be shown or exported.
  • About

    • Help - Opens the Browser to this page.
    • Project Web Page- Goes to http://openaudible.com
    • Check for Update- Checks with openaudible.org to see if a new version is available.
    • Send Bug Report- After experiencing a problem, you may send a bug report to developers. Recent .html, book lists, and tmp files will be collected to assist
    • About Open Audible - The about box and copyright info.

Preferences

Some directories used by the application can be changed. The 'Show' button will reveal the directory in the desktop file system.

  • Working

    The working directory is where your audio books (AAX, MP3) and artwork files are saved. A tmp directory is also there for temporary files that are deleted on application exit.

  • Web/MP3

    The Web directory is a directory that saves the output of a copy of your books saved as a web page. This optional feature is if you want to access your books on your own personal web server. Please ensure that you password protect this file to prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works.

  • Automation

    • Automatically download books - will automatically download books if they aren't already and aren't converted.
    • Automatically convert - will automatically convert books that aren't already in the chosen output format.
    • Automatically Update Web Page - will automatically rebuild the web page list of your books when the library changes
  • Theme and Language

    Users can choose between dark mode and light mode. The three available modes are:
    • System - Colors are chosen by the operating system preferences (restarting the app may be required to see the all changes.)
    • Light - Standard light color theme
    • Dark - A simple dark color theme

    The language can be selected. We currently include: ar,de,es,fr,hi,ru

  • Preferences Directory

    The preference files are located in this directory. You can show the directory to see the files. These files can be deleted after uninstalling the application.

    Advanced: To change the location of the OpenAudible settings directory, quit the application, move the directory somewhere else, and set and EXPORT an environment variable 'OPENAUDIBLE_HOME' to point to the new location.

Unsupported Books

OpenAudible works with the books you buy that Audible lets you download as 'AAX' files. Some books (and most podcasts) are not included as downloadable books. These include many free series, Romance series, podcast episodes, and Audible Prime books.

Audible can download some books in AAXC format, which is not readable by ffmpeg or OpenAudible. Renaming an .AAXC book to .AAX will result in a failed conversion. However, if you downloaded an AAXC file on an Android device, its possible it will be available in your library as a downloadable book.

To check if your book is downloadable, open a regular web browser, click on your library, and search for the name of the book. If there is a 'Download' button, it should be available to download. Without a download button, there is usually an explanation of why it can't be downloaded.

If you click on a download link and see a message about 'how to listen', you may need to make this setting change.

If you have an AAX file that won't convert, delete or move the file and re-download it using OpenAudible. If there is no 'Download' button in the web UI, it means that the file cannot be convert.

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Licenses

OpenAudible requires a license to use. A license can be purchased for a low-cost from the openaudible.org website. One license can be used on up to one family's personal audible accounts. Not for commercial use. Use only for archiving and backing up your audio book purchases.

Activating the license is done through the About:'License..' menu. If the application is unable to create a license online, an offline license tool is available at openaudible.org/license.

Uninstalling

Uninstalling uses common practices. If you used an installer, there will be an uninstaller.

Mac and AppImage users can toss the application into the trash.

Your settings files can be deleted, and are saved in the “Working directory” defined in the preferences. On Windows, it is C:UsersNAMEOpenAudible. On Mac it is /Users/NAME/Library/OpenAudible. On Linux ~/OpenAudible

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Audiobooks are increasingly favored by people because of the fast life style in the modern life. They can be enjoyed at any time. SanDisk Sansa players support a wide array of audio formats, including MP3, secure WMA (subscription music), WAV, FLAC, OGG, etc. For the high quality sound packed, people are willing to use Sansa players to play audiobooks.

However, you can't listen to Audible audiobooks on SanDisk Sansa player directly. That's because audiobooks you downloaded from Audible are in .aa and .aax formats. Luckily, the following article, we will show you two ways to let you play Audible audiobooks on Sansa player easily.

Method 1: Using Audible Manager to Transfer Audiobooks to SanDisk Sansa

Method 2: How to Convert Audible Audiobooks to Sandisk Sansa

Method 1: Using Audible Manager to Transfer Audible Audiobooks

To transfer Audible audiobooks to SanDisks Sansa device, you will need to use Audible Manager. To activate your SanDisk and then transfer audiobooks to the Sansa player.

Step 1 Connect the SanDisks Sansa device to the computer. And then open the Audible Manager.

Step 2 Click Device >Add New Device.

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Step 3 Select Sandisk Sansa player from the listed provided. And you will indicated to install a plug-in of the Sansa device.

Step 4 Launch the Audible Manager again, you will find the SanDisk device will appear under the Mobile Devices section located in the bottom left corner. Right-click on your device. Select Activate. You will then be prompted to enter the email address or username you use for Audible and your password.

Step 5 Select the Audible audiobook you would like to play on Sansa player, and click Add to Device, then the transferring process will start.

Method 2: Convert Audible Audiobooks to Sandisk Sansa

Audible Manager is only available for Windows computer, so you can't use this application on your Mac. On the other hand, not all SanDisk Sansa players can support Audible audiobooks. Sansa Clip Sports and Sansa Clip Jam are not compatible with .aax file formats.

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Launch iTunes, you'll need to authorize your Audible account by selecting Account → Authorization → Authorize Audible account. On iTunes, click 'File>new>playlist' to creat a new playlist and name it after the title of the audiobook. Then, drag the audible audiobooks into the new playlist.

Then install and launch Sidify Audible Audiobook Converter on your computer, and you can click icon button, it will pop up a window and switch to the AudioBooks section. Now you can choose the audiobooks you want to convert.

Step 2 Set the Output Format

You can click button on the top right of the interface and set the output from the Settings window.

Step 3 Start converting Audible Audiobooks

After all settings done, you can click Convert button to start converting the added Audible audiobooks. After the conversion is completed, you can find the audiobook files on the history folder.

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Step 4 Transfer the converted Audible audiobooks to SanDisk Sansa

Connect SanDisk Sansa device to your computer using a USB cable, The Sansa Drive will be listed as a removable disk. Double-Click on the Removable Disk. And then drag and drop the converted Audible audiobooks to the specific folder of your Sansa device. When the transferring process finished, you can disconnect the Sansa player from your computer. Now you can play audible audiobooks on sandisk sansa without any limitations.

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