Audible VS Google Audiobooks VS Apple Books: Which is the Best?

Posted by Nick Orin on May 31, 2019 4:26 PM

Audiobook is getting more and more popular all around. Many people are now choosing audiobooks over physical books and e-books because they are efficient and super convenient. You can literally listen to audiobooks anytime and anywhere.

In recent years, three of the Big Four Tech Giants, refers to Amazon, Google and Apple, are putting more and more into the audiobook segment and everyone is benefiting. So today we are going to compare three of them and see who is providing the best audiobook service?

No.1 Audible


Supported by Amazon, one of the America's Big Four technology companies who make its fortune by selling books online at the first beginning, no wonder Audible can grow to be the world's largest audiobook producer and retailer.

Special Features

As the most established audiobook service, Audible is home to a library of more than 200,000 audiobooks for you to buy, rent, stream and listen offline official app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and of course Amazon devices. The best part about Audible is that you can seamlessly switch between your audiobooks and e-books using the "Wispersync for Voice" feature. You can listen on Audible and picking up where you stopped, continue reading on your Kindle.


As the most established audiobook rental service, Audible is home to a library of more than 200,000 audiobooks. After a 30-day free trial and a free book, Audible charges $14.95 per month for the subscription. You can also get big discounts on audiobook purchases if you have Audible membership.

No.2 Google Audiobooks


There's a saying that Google and Apple are trying to lure audiobook listener from Amazon. Google is a bit late to join the audiobook contest but it still has great strengths. Google didn't set foot in audiobook selling field until January 2018.

Special Features

Google Audiobooks is an addition to Google Play Store so you can play audiobooks on all devices through the Google Play Books app, cast audio to any Chromecast device, or you can directly ask Google Assistant to read the books for you. Just like Audible, the reading progress will also be synced to both the Book apps and Google Assistant. Google allows family members to share audiobooks without extra fee.


Different from Audible, Google adopted a pay-as-you-go price strategy. Google offers a 50% off discount on the first audiobook you buy. If you are a keen listener to audiobooks, this pricing mode may cost a bit more than Audible. On the other hand, for those who also read paper books and e-books, you won't be tied to a monthly cost.

No.3 Apple Books


Apple separate its audiobook playback and management from iTunes Music Store and move it to the iBooks app since the release of iOS 8.4 in 2015 (after that, iBooks was renamed "Apple Books" in 2018). This change makes it easy to organize your books and keeps random chapters from playing when you shuffle your music library. It also makes it easier to shop though iBook store doesn't have a web store.

Special Features

Apple books has almost as many selections as Audible especially when it comes to popular titles. You can buy the books which are hard-to-find elsewhere. One special feature iBook has is the sleep timer, which allows you to set a specific time for playback to automatically stop, so that you can fall asleep to the sound of someone reading.


The pricing of the audiobook on Apple Book is more like Google's. Apple Book doesn't require subscription. The cost of per book is a little higher than many other audiobook services.

Comparison and Verdict

Audiobook Services Audible Google Audiobooks Apple Books
Compatibility Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac iOS only
Auxiliary Device Kindle/Amazon Devices Chromecast/Google Home iOS Device
Audiobook Selection 200,000+ titles thousands of titles almost as many as Audible
Format DRMed AA. & AAX DRM-free Format DRMed M4B
Pricing $14.95 monthly subscribtion pay-as-you-go pay-as-you-go
Special Feature Wispersync for Voice Google Assistant Audiobook Reading Sleep Timer

First of all, Audible and Google Audiobooks can play on multiple platforms and virtually all devices. However, Apple Books is limited to Apple devices.

Speaking from pricing, Audible is for those who are keen listener to audiobooks however Google Audiobooks and Apple Book is more suitable for people who don't listen to audiobook that often. And once you buy an audiobook from Google Play Books or Apple Books, they are yours forever.

Comparison of audiobook selection, Audible without a doubt is the champion. Apple Book is great when you just trying to look for a big selection and don't plan to read multiple books each month. Audiobook titles of Google Audiobooks is less than Audible and Apple Books.

There's a lot of good reasons why Audible is always the No.1 in all kinds of lists and indeed, Audible accounts for 27.16% in audiobook retailing, which is half more than the total amount of Google Audiobooks and Apple Books.

Google Audiobooks has its own strengths. If you are an Apple user, it's very convenient for you to buy audiobooks and keep all your media content in one place. If Google is able to push audiobooks through its assistant, audiobooks listener could be lured away.

Wrap Up

Where you buy the files affects how you can play them back. If you decide to buy audiobooks from Apple or Audible they will have DRM. Because of this DRM, you can't play audiobooks in just any app. So Here you will need a DRM audiobook converter. Here we highly recommend TunesKit DRM Audio Converter. TunesKit is able to remove DRM from both Audible audiobooks and Apple audiobooks. With TunesKit, no matter which one you choose from the three, you don't have to worry about the DRM anymore and you can virtually play audiobooks wherever you want.

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