What are plus and pro books?
In addition to the great free content provided by the Librivox Project, we also sell Plus and Pro books. These options are great way to improve the overall quality and enjoyment of your listening experience!
PLUS books are hand-selected, trimmed titles. We choose only the best Librivox narrators, and package the audio content for a streamlined and high-quality listening experience.
PRO books are professionally narrated and recorded titles. These are often new-release or current bestselling books. Send us an email if you have a request for a title that we don’t offer!
Why do I see ads and my friend doesn’t?
If you downloaded the free version of audiobooks, you will see a small ad on the player screen while you are listening to a book. If you purchase a plus or pro title, or purchase the “Ad Removal” option (click “Remove Ads” in the top right corner of the player screen), the ads will disappear permanently.
Can I run Audiobooks or one of your other apps in the background?
At this time Apple does not allow 3rd party applications to run in the background. However, Apple is planning to approve this feature soon and we will be adding it to our app!
How do I get the player to stop?
The “pause” icon at the bottom of the player acts as your “stop” button. The audio should discontinue and your place should be bookmarked for future listening. If you wish to turn the app off, return to your device home screen.
I can’t get the app to work…
If you are using a 3Gs, try updating your device to the latest version 3.1.3. The phones were having some problems with 3rd party applications. If you are not using a 3Gs, try deleting the app and re-downloading it from itunes App Store. You will not be charged twice for the app.
If the problem persists, please let us know the specific actions that lead up to it.
How do I update my iPod/ iPhone touch?
1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your PC.
2. Launch the iTunes application and click the Check for updates button.
3. iTunes will show you a window saying: “iTunes will update your iPhone to iPhone 3.1.3 software and will verify the update with Apple“. Click on the Update button.
4. An iPhone OS 3.1.3 software update window will show up, click on the Next button. Read and and accept the license agreement. Once you’ve done that your download will start.
5. The file size of this update varies depending on which device you’re updating. Once the iPhone 3.1.3 firmware update is done downloading it will start the installation process on your iPhone.
Why can’t I find the book I am looking for in Audiobooks?
All of the free books in the app come from http://www.librivox.org and are in the public domain (published before 1927). The project is 100% volunteer run, so someone must read a book in order for it to be added to the list. Please visit the LibriVox website for a full listing of books and how the process works. We also offer Plus titles: hand-picked for the best narrators and edited for a more streamlined, enjoyable listening experience. If you are looking for more recent, popular books, please search under our Pro title list for best-sellers such as Jodi Picoult and Charlaine Harris. Both Plus and Pro titles can be purchased from the app home screen.
Do you have Harry Potter, Twilight, the Percy Jackson series?
If you do not see popular titles such as these or the specific book you are looking for, it means we have not obtained a contract to sell it through Audiobooks. We are always working to get more titles though and take your requests into consideration.
Can I volunteer to read a book?
Yes! The LibriVox project encourages readers to add new books and recordings. The more professional sounding, the better. Please see http://www.librivox.org for details about volunteering.
Why are there not more books in my language?
All language support is based on the volunteer readers at http://www.librivox.org. We can only add languages as they come through LibriVox readers.
The book I am trying to listen to is skipping/ not working properly…
As our free books are read by volunteers and come from LibriVox, sometimes they contain less than professional recordings or the files sometimes become corrupt. We try to maintain quality recordings and apologize for this inconvenience. The best thing to try is deleting the corrupt book files from the library altogether and re-downloading them.
Files can also become corrupt during the download process for Plus and Pro titles as well. Deleting and re-downloading them should help resolve this issue. You will not be charged twice. Please let us know if this does not resolve the issue.
How do I delete a book from my Audiobooks library?
1) Go to the “My Books” section
2) Tap the “Edit” button at the top left
3) Tap the minus sign on the book you want to delete
4) Confirm Deletion
5) Thats it!
NOTE: Deleting a book from the device removes all information as if it had never been looked at. This includes book chapter information and bookmarks.
How do I delete Audiobooks from my Apple device?
1) Press the home button
2) Tap and hold the app icon you want to delete
3) Keep holding the icon until the icons on the screen wiggle
4) Once wiggle begins, release your finger from the screen
5) tap the “x” in the top left corner of the app icon you wish to delete
6) To “Delete” in the confirmation window to remove the app from the device
7) Press the home button to return to normal mode
How do I use Audiobooks on airplane mode?
To listen to an audiobook on a airplane mode, you will need to download the entire book before getting on the plane because you will not be able to use wifi/cell signal once you are on board.
Can I store my audiobooks from the app on my computer?
Currently, Apple does not allow file management of their devices. You can visit www.librivox.org to download audiobook files to your desktop computer.