Booksonic - Audiobook Streamer

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About this app

Booksonic is a platform for accessing and streaming the audiobooks you own wherever you are. Perfect for those boring bus rides!

Some notable features are:

* Supports multiple servers
* Offline support
* Variable playback speed
* Sleep timer with shake to reset functionality
* Support for almost all audio formats
* Book descriptions, either you add your own to the server or the app will look it up online, with the option to use Artificial Intelligence to generate descriptions.
* Chromecast and DLNA
and much much more

The app contains a demo server that gives you access to old classics but if you set up you own server you can stream all of your books as well.
Information for setting up your own server is available at

You can visit the demo server at

If you want to know more about the app before purchase you can check out the subreddit on

Booksonic was awarded the “App of The Day” by MyAppFree in September 2020 and then again in May 2021
Updated on
Feb 5, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

303 reviews
A Google user
January 31, 2020
This app works great for books with separate files for chapters but fails hard for books where the entire book is one file. It seems like once you pause or bookmark a book it stops downloading or something. I had a 16 hour book cut off at 6 hours yesterday and now I can't even get it to refresh back to the correct duration. This is the second time this has happened. It's extremely frustrating.
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February 3, 2020
Hmm, it should keep downloading even if you pause or bookmark. I will look in to this, thanks for letting me know. If it happens again it would be great if you could send me a log file directly after it happens. You can do that from Settings->Support->Send log
Jon Verplaetse
August 24, 2020
Great effort and its close to being good, but this is kind of the only game in town outside plex, so thank you to the developer for your effort. Server was kind of a pain to install, got tomcat failures until I gave up and used the docker version. Not the end of the world. However, the M4B file support is not there at all. First, the server was trying to transcode it to mp3 and failing miserably, making invalid files that wouldn't open. OK, so I disabled the transcoding, redownloaded the file, still doesn't play with the android app. However, there is nothing wrong with the file as I can take the downloaded book and play it with any other audiobook app. So this is purely a player problem in the android app. So now what, do I spend a ton of time converting from a lossless format to mp3 so this app works? Do I use this app soley as a download management app and play books with another app? Edit: I did go through the work and converted everything to chapterized MP3 and its been flawless with that so far. App has issues with M4B files and some large single MP3 files. If you split them, fix the metadata, seems like it works just fine.
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August 20, 2020
Yea the m4b support is very hit and miss, it seem like more miss then hit lately unfortunately As for Air, no not at the moment. That said, adding features to Air will be much more possible then the old server so I'm hoping to better support it in the future. I'm also looking at natively support it in the app so that transcoding won't be necessary
David Wullimann
March 4, 2024
It's just an objectively worse version of audiobookshelf (which is free) both in terms of the app and the backend. Edit: Since the dev actually reads it and responds, I think it's only fair to elaborate to make the feedback more constructive. The two main issues I've encountered were a) reliability (playback just stopping and not working anymore, sometimes the app losing where I was in the book and starting over from the beginning) and b) the fact that it did not sync the playback web and phone.
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March 4, 2024
Sorry to hear you don't like it. Audiobookshelf is indeed a great alternative and may very well be the best option for some but I don't agree that it is objectively better, it very much depends on the usecase which is best suited.

What's new

* Fixed a crash that sometimes happened when pressing media buttons
* Probably fixes a crash that sometimes happens on Android Auto