If you spend time online or use streaming services, you’re probably familiar with region-locked content and how annoying it can be.
Did you know Audible has region-locked content too? It may boast a giant library of hundreds of thousands of books, but not all are available in every country.
If you’ve run into this geographical restriction and are wondering if there’s anything you can do to get around it, keep reading, and we’ll take a look together!
What to Know about Audible and Region-Locked Content:
To allow residents of any given country/region access to a title, Audible must have legal permission to distribute the book in that country/region. Distribution laws such as these can be circumvented with VPNs and other tools, with some conditions.
Why Are Some Titles on Audible Only Available in Some Countries?
When a company like Audible (or any other globally available subscription service) wants to distribute content worldwide, it has to operate within the specific laws of each country.
Each country may have different regulations stipulated by the government regarding what content or products can be sold and/or distributed. Of course, from the perspective of an Audible customer, this all may seem pointlessly frustrating.
To do business in a certain country, Audible must abide by the respective country’s laws regarding licensing and distribution.
For this reason, they can’t let you buy or listen to a title that they don’t have permission to distribute in your country or region.
Interestingly, there are several streaming services that have region-locked content. Again, this is most likely due to local laws or licensing agreements.
Can You Change Your Country on Audible?
As far as we know, this can’t be done within your Audible account itself.
When you sign up for Audible, you’ll need to tell them what country you live in, and/or they may obtain this information based on your IP address. Once that’s done you’re stuck with whatever country/region you signed up with.
There are various ways you can try to change what country Audible thinks you’re in, but we’ll get into those later.
Please also read our easy answer guide on Audible and Data Privacy!
What Country Has the Most Titles on Audible?
It was surprisingly difficult to verify this for certain, but we’re pretty sure the United States features the most titles by far. This makes sense, given Audible is a U.S.-based company.
Audible started out as an independent company in the U.S. and was ultimately purchased by Amazon, also based in the U.S.
As such, you can probably assume that most books are available when accessing Audible from the U.S. because the library was curated in this country.
Audible has certainly done its best to extend access to its service worldwide, but in doing so, it has to remove certain titles in some areas to comply with different laws.
How Do you Know what Countries Have a Specific Book?
Many users tend to get a surprise when they try to pick up a certain title and get the unfortunate “Title not for sale in this country” message.
In other words, Audible may adapt to local laws by preventing you from actually accessing relevant titles, but it doesn’t remove them from your searches!
This can be rather frustrating as if Audible dangling the proverbial carrot just out of reach at that point. You can see it’s there, but you can’t actually get it.
That being said, you can go to the Audible “Help” page to see the various “marketplaces” Audible offers based on different locations around the world.
From there, you can click on a given link and search the library for that regional marketplace, giving you a better idea of which books are available in which parts of the world.
Please also check out our article about how long you can keep your Audible books!
How Do You Get Around Geographical Restrictions on Audible?
There are various methods for getting around Audible’s region locks. Unfortunately, though, it’s not quite as easy as it is with, say, Netflix, where all you need is a decent VPN to access regional libraries from any country you want.
For the uninitiated, a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is an internet privacy tool that allows you to hide your activity from your Internet Service Provider and connect to remote servers all over the world.
Now, in theory, you can do this with Audible as well, but you’ll likely hit a snag in that if you already have a paid Audible account, your regional marketplace is locked in.
This means that switching to a different server on your VPN won’t allow you to access a different marketplace on Audible. Unless that is, you’re making a new account.
So if you haven’t signed up yet, you’re in luck! You can choose what country Audible thinks you’re in before you make your account. If you’re an existing subscriber, you can always cancel and sign up with a new account, but if you own any titles on your old account, this might be a bit challenging.
There is also one more method you can try to get around Audible’s geographical restrictions that might even work on existing accounts. For example, Ultrasurf can be used – though, this is not 100% reliable.
We can’t guarantee it’ll work, but it could be worth a try!