Audiobooks are convenient. They let us enjoy the magic of a book when we don’t feel like reading, when we can’t read, and whilst doing something else simultaneously. Audiobooks also have been brought into the digidownload age (yes, I made that up) with Apple selling audiobooks through the ITunes store for a little less than a physical book. But what about those audiobooks you bought on CD all those years ago? Well, my friend, here is a tutorial for your (or somebody else’s) technologically impaired mind.
NOTE: This process was done in ITunes under Mac OS X, but I’m sure it’s the same for ITunes on Windows and other operating systems.
Ok first off you will need a fairly recent version of ITunes, an optical drive of some description, and your favourite audiobook on CD. Got all of that? Great. Insert the CD into your optical drive and open up ITunes (or it will open up automatically, depending on your settings). Import the CD by clicking the ‘Import CD’ button on the bottom right of your screen and everything will load into your library automatically. Depending on whether you’re connected to the internet or not, your audiobook may also be named. If not, go and do that now. Done? Awesome. Let’s move on.
By now, all of your audiobook should be uploaded into sepearate files for each chapter. I’m assuming they’ll be .mp3 files, and we need them to be AAC encoded. On the ITunes toolbar, go to Advanced> Create AAC version. Everything will convert automatically. Do this for all files.
Also, make sure all files have the .m4a or .m4b extension. It should look something like this:
Now, to make sure ITunes reads it as an audiobook and not a regular audio file, we need to change the type to an audiobook. Right click on the file and select ‘Get Info’. A menu should appear. Click Options, and select Audiobook from the drop down menu next to media kind.
Do this for all files, and you’re done! A new category should be created in the sidebar entitled Audiobooks, and looks like this:
If you like, you can import your new audiobook/s to your ipod for literary listening pleasure on the go, and it will all be in the right category. No more accidental audiobook files when shuffling your ipod!
I hope this has helped all of you who aren’t good with computers, or the confused. This method is intended for legitimate audiobooks from media other than the ITunes store, so please don’t pirate anything, or read this tutorial with the intention of piracy. If you have any questions, please leave a comment with your email and I’ll try my best to get back to you.
EDIT: Remember to delete .mp3 files from your library when you’re done to avoid doubles of each file.