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Ambling Books
Launch date2009
Platform(s)Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows, macOS, Linux
Members33,739 registered
Pricing modelFree and paid downloads

Ambling Books was a privately held online company that offered free and paid DRM-free audiobooks for download and audio book player software for computers and mobile devices. Ambling was also a distribution channel for audiobook publishers. The company went out of business in February 2016.[1]


  • Nov. 2008 - begins development phase.[2]
  • Feb. 2009 - Company is incorporated by owner Howard Davis as iBookTreasures, LLC[3]
  • July 2010 - Launched as a distribution channel for audiobooks.[better source needed]
  • Jan 2011 - Release Ambling BookPlayer for Windows.[better source needed]
  • Mar. 2011 - Released Ambling BookPlayer for the Mac.[4]
  • July 2011 - Released Ambling BookPlayer for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch[5]
  • February 2016 - Ambling Books shuts down[1]


In July 2010, Ambling Audio Books launched as a "publisher-friendly" distribution channel for audio book publishers.[better source needed] Website offered access to over 10,000 free and discounted audio books from publishers including Simon & Schuster, Blackstone Audio, BBC Audiobooks, Tantor Audio, and LibriVox.

In August 2009, the site was launched offering specialized audiobook playing software called the Ambling BookPlayer.[6] This software, initially created for Android devices, offered several benefits over existing MP3 players:

  • Automatic file handling (listeners interact with multiple MP3 files as a single book).
  • Chapter-based, instead of file-based navigation.
  • Extensive bookmarking and note-making capabilities.
  • Series-based library organization (titles in a series are ordered by chronological date, not alphabetically).
  • Automatic bookmark history prevents listeners from losing their place
  • Sleep timer stops the audio book playback during nighttime listening[7][8]

The Ambling BookPlayer application supports both wired and wireless downloading of audio books from

The Ambling BookPlayer has received high ratings from users of the application.[9][10]


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