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The Complete Guide to iPod Audiobooks

While the iPod is best known as a music player, many people have discovered the pleasures of listening to audiobooks and other spoken-work content while they commute, jog or work out. Audiobooks are simply recordings of books, either complete or abridged, that are read out loud and recorded. Sometimes the author reads the book, as is the case in former President Bill Clinton’s My Life, and the late Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Other books are read by well-known actors, such as John Lithgow’s reading of Michael Crichton’s Disclosure and Joe Mantegna’s readings of mysteries by Robert B. Parker, but in most cases these books are read by professional readers you may or may not know. No matter who reads, the goal is always the same: to make a book sound at least as compelling as it is on paper.

You can buy audiobooks in several ways: in your local bookstore (on cassette or CD), or on-line from either the iTunes Music Store or from Audible is also present in Germany and France, and will be opening Audible UK on June 15, 2005.

If you purchase audiobooks on CD, you can import them into iTunes and listen to them on your iPod like any other type of digital audio - see Ripping Your Own Audiobooks below. But if you buy audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store or, the process is even easier: the audiobooks are generally created as one or two files that last as long as 10 hours each, which makes them easy both to listen to and manage in your iTunes Library.

Buying Audiobooks On-Line

Audiobooks can be expensive - in many cases they cost more than paper books - so it’s a good idea to know what your options are. provides the same quality of audiobook content that the iTunes Music Store sells, so there is little difference besides Audible’s broader selection of non-book audio programs and its monthly subscription plans. While you can only buy individual titles from the iTunes Music Store, Audible offers a monthly subscription that includes either one book a month for $15 or any two audiobooks for $22 a month. Audiobook fans will recognize this as a great deal; you spend more than that for most individual audiobooks on CD or from the iTunes Music Store. However, if you only want a single audiobook without a monthly subscription, check both places: on some titles, the iTunes Music Store is much cheaper than Audible.


Audible presents new books on its main page.

(In addition to audiobooks, you can also subscribe to periodicals and radio programs with Audible: for example, you can regularly receive audio editions of Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Audio Digest and The Wall Street Journal, to save time reading the printed editions. You can also buy subscriptions to recorded radio shows such as All Things Considered, This American Life, and The BBC Newshour. Audible has recently added audio programming for major sports events such as NFL play-by-play - just in case you’ve missed a game and want to hear it all after the fact.)

But if you don’t want to make a commitment, or only listen to audiobooks occasionally, you can buy individual books from either Audible or the iTunes Music Store. To check out the selection available from the iTunes Music Store, go to the store’s main page and click Audiobooks in the column on the left; this takes you to the main audiobook page. It’s as easy to buy an audiobook as it is to buy any song, though the download will take a bit longer: audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store or Audible consume about 14 MB of iPod/iTunes space per hour.



The main audiobook page on the iTunes Music Store.

When you buy audiobooks from the iTunes Music Store, they are automatically added to your library, and you can then organize them as you wish. When you buy from Audible, you can choose from several “formats” that correspond to different bit rates - the higher the number, the better the quality. We’d advise that you choose the best available format for your purchases; the other formats are meant for low-capacity players, and even the longest Audible audiobook will fit on the smallest-capacity iPod. After you download the audiobook from Audible, just double-click it to add it to your iTunes library, or use iTunes’ File > Add to Library option.



Choose a format, then click Download to start downloading your audiobook.

Audible has one big advantage over the iTunes Music Store: you can always download your audiobooks again in case you lose them. With the iTunes Music Store, you must back up your downloads immediately, since you won’t be able to download them again. Audible keeps a Library of your new audiobooks, ones you’ve listened to, and others that you’ve archived. You can also easily access any subscription programs from this Library.

Keeping your Place

Both Audible and the iTunes Music Store provide audiobooks in a special “bookmarkable” format. This is one feature that makes the iPod a superior device for listening to audiobooks. When you listen to an audiobook on your iPod, then stop - to go to work, listen to some music, or do something else - the iPod creates a “bookmark” in the file. When you return to this file, you don’t have to fast-forward to where you think you left off; just press Play, and the audiobook continues from your last location.

When you sync your iPod to your computer, these bookmarks get transferred so you can listen to more of the audiobook with iTunes, through your computer’s speakers. When you stop, iTunes saves a new bookmark. Sync your iPod, and that bookmark gets transferred to the iPod. Assuming you sync, you’ll always be able to pick up where you left off.

Ripping Your Own Audiobooks

If you already have audiobooks on CD, you can rip them to use in iTunes and on your iPod. To get the most out of these audiobooks, you need to choose a format for importing, join any tracks on the CD, and make the files bookmarkable. We look here at all three of these actions.

1. Choosing a format for importing. By default, iTunes uses 128 kbps AAC for importing music. But spoken word recordings don’t need the same high level of quality as music does - people don’t mind a hint of scratchiness in a voice, so when you are going to rip audiobooks, you can change the format to save space. Open the iTunes preferences (iTunes > Preferences on Mac; Edit > Preferences on Windows, and click the Importing tab.



The Importing preferences in iTunes.

If the Import Using menu doesn’t show AAC Encoding, click that menu and select AAC Encoding. (If you want to listen to your audiobooks on other devices that can’t play AAC files, choose MP3, but you won’t be able to create bookmarkable files with this format.) Next, from the Setting menu, select Custom. From the Stereo Bit Rate menu, select 64 kbps. This is the same bit rate that Audible and the iTunes Music Store use. Leave the other settings as they are. (After you finish ripping your audiobooks, reset the format to is original settings; you don’t want to rip music at this bit rate.)

2. Join tracks and import your CD. Insert a CD containing an audiobook in your computer, and iTunes in most cases will find the appropriate information about the disc and its contents. While most audiobooks have many files, it is better to join them into a single track - this allows you to make these tracks bookmarkable and listen to your audiobooks more easily on the iPod. To do this, select all the tracks on the CD (Command-A on Mac; Control-A on Windows), then select Advanced > Join CD Tracks. iTunes displays the tracks with a bracket showing that they are joined.



After you join tracks in iTunes, the CD appears as a single track.

Import the CD by clicking the Import button, and repeat this for all the CDs of your audiobook.

3. Make the Files Bookmarkable. The final thing to do is to make the tracks bookmarkable. If you’re on a Mac, check out this AppleScript which does this conversion in a jiffy. If you use Windows, locate the tracks (right-click on a track and select Show Song File), then change the files’ extensions from .m4a to .m4b. (If you don’t see extensions, select Tools > Folder Options, click the View tab and uncheck Hide Extensions.)

After you’ve done this, your audiobooks are ready to sync to your iPod. You can set up playlists for them, or just leave them in your library as they are. It’s a good idea to check their genre to make sure they say Audiobook or Spoken Word so it’s easy to find them. (You can change the genre by selecting a file or files, then selecting File > Get Info, clicking the Info tab and choosing a genre from the Genre popup menu.)

Listening to Audiobooks on your iPod

When you sync audiobooks to your iPod, they show up in one of two places. If your files are bookmarkable, as discussed above, they appear in the Music > Audiobooks menu automatically, even if their genre is not Audiobooks. They also appear by genre, artist or “song”. If they are not bookmarkable files, you’ll have to search for them from these latter menus.

You play audiobooks on the iPod like any other type of audio file, but audiobooks (again, bookmarkable files), give you an extra option: go to the iPod’s Settings menu and select Audiobooks; this lets you choose a different speed for the playback. You can choose Faster or Slower if you want to change the speed of a droll or hyper reader; this plays the file back at a different speed, without changing the voice. You’ll notice some distortion, but in most cases this is not a problem.

You can also make this change as you’re listening to an audiobook. After it starts playing, press the Select button three times. Run your finger around the scroll wheel clockwise to change the speed to Faster; scroll the other way to return to Normal, or to change to Slower.

Additional Resources on Audiobooks and Audible

Our iLounge Audible Users’ Guide for iPod looks at the earlier incarnation of Audible’s service and discusses technical and other issues relating to Audible formats and features. Some of the information - including the need for special software - is thankfully no longer necessary thanks to the easy downloading improvements made by Audible and the iTunes Music Store noted above.

The iLounge Discussion Forums include over 4,000 messages in our forum devoted to Books and Spoken Word topics. If you need help with your Audible or Audiobook experiences, this is the first place you should visit.

As Jonathan Korzen of Audible says, “audiobooks are a great way to add a whole other world of content to your iPod.” We agree; these easy downloads are a great way to “read” while you’re on the go. The iPod is one of the best devices for listening to audiobooks, and you’ll find them to be a great addition to your audio library.

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Has anyone purchased audio books from that are actually acc files compressed using the 64kbps stereo bit rate, like the article suggests they are?  All I get are mp3 files compressed at 32kbps at the mono bit rate.  I keep choosing the highest quality audio format, #4.  Am I doing something wrong?  These files sound terrible.  Like bad AM radio.

Posted by fstop18 on May 16, 2005 at 9:44 PM (CDT)


FYI-I wrote the original Audible for ipod User Guide back in 03. Much has changed since then so the one linked in the story is out of date.

A dynamically updated version available in the forums in the “Books & Spoken Word” section

Podunk (fka Parannoya)

Posted by podunk on May 16, 2005 at 9:57 PM (CDT)


fstop- I do believe that is a mistatement.

TTBOMK, Audible format 4 is 32kbps, which for now offers a decent compromise of quality, file size and download time.  Over the years, they have upgraded the file quality as people have moved to broadband and portable device capacity has expanded.

Posted by podunk on May 16, 2005 at 10:00 PM (CDT)


podpunk- Thanks for replying. is a good service and I really would like to stick with them, but I guess I’m just picky about the sound quality.  While calling them “terrible” may be an exageration, they’re not listenable to my ears.  Which is surprising since I can barely tell a 128kbps acc file from a cd original.  I guess I’ll give them another try the next time they upgrade the file quality.

Do the files purchased from iTunes sound any better?

Posted by fstop18 on May 16, 2005 at 10:10 PM (CDT)


I converted some podcasts I have from MP3 to AAC with iTunes on my Mac, then went into my music folder and changed the extensions to .m4b, but iTunes and my iPod are still treating the files as if they aren’t bookmarkable.  Anybody have an idea what’s wrong?

Posted by Derek Carter on May 16, 2005 at 11:19 PM (CDT)


fstop-as far as I’ve seen, iTMS uses 32kbps AAC files for audiobooks, which should be about the same.  Generally, I’ve found 32kbps to be fine with most newer recordings, although some of the older recordings use poor masters to start with. I’m not saying I wouldn’t like a 48kbps file quality, but then again, I’ve got a smokin’ fast connection, and more disc space than most folks.

Derek, you should be able to find an answer to your question in the forums.

Posted by podunk on May 16, 2005 at 11:26 PM (CDT)


The reason I suggested using 64 kbps in the article is because this results in the same file quality as Audible files - if the files are mono, they drop to 32 kbps; however, if your audiobooks are recorded in stereo, which may be the case for some plays or multi-performer audiobooks, then you’ll get the stereo seperation.

Audible provides files in 32kbps, because, as far as I know, they only provide mono files.

Posted by Kirk McElhearn on May 17, 2005 at 6:59 AM (CDT)


Kirk, you may have a valid point there. I’ve never looked that closely at the iTunes files.

Also, I meant to commend you earlier on the well written article. But it seems I lost it when I edited the post. Nice Job.

Posted by podunk on May 17, 2005 at 9:47 AM (CDT)


Kirk- Thanks for the follow-up.  Great article, by the way.

Posted by fstop18 on May 17, 2005 at 7:49 PM (CDT)


When I changed the extension from m4a to m4b, each disc was changed.  For instance I was not longer able to recognize which was disc 3 even tho it was labeled as such.  Sometimes I would get 2 copies of 1 disc, sometimes a fragment of another (5 minutes).  Changing the extension back to m4a made the discs recognizable again.  Is this normal?

Posted by knickknack on May 19, 2005 at 10:38 PM (CDT)


If I may put in a little modest self-promotion here as it seems to be on-topic, my shareware program MarkAble makes it very easy to get audiobooks from a variety of different formats into bookmarkable files on the iPod.

It’s available through the iPodSoft website at

Posted by david1951 in Melbourne, Australia on May 20, 2005 at 7:41 AM (CDT)


Q - Is there a way to join CD tracks of audio books already imported?  Can you link more than one cd (most of my books are 9+ cd’s) ?  I tried ‘Join CD tracks’ under advanced options, but it was greyed out.  The main desire is to bookmark a large cd based book.
Thanks!  Great resource.

Posted by quinnz on May 22, 2005 at 6:10 PM (CDT)


Audiobooks downloaded from iTMS are at 32k and are TERRIBLE QUALITY. I did email itms support, but they didnt seem to understand my point, telling me to download it again. This bitrate is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! I would never d/l an audiobook from itms again. If I were you, i’d go straight to and choose a higher bit rate.

Posted by tecstar on June 20, 2005 at 5:33 AM (CDT)


To join multiple mp3 tracks together, find

File Stitcher mp3

it works great.
Then, use Xmp3split to break the long stitched file into shorter segments of your own choosing. I usually break audiobooks into 10-15 minute segments.

Posted by tinpaper on June 24, 2005 at 4:04 PM (CDT)


I have had many problems buying audiobooks from iTMS. Parts of the story are missing so it simply “jumps” from one spot to another, leaving you to guess at what you’ve missed. In another instance (Metropolis), it actually has two different books mixed together!
As stated by someone else, iTMS Customer Service does not understand and their only solution is download again. I have and it doesn’t correc the problem. They have a serious glitch!

Posted by tinpaper on June 24, 2005 at 4:08 PM (CDT)


Article does not mention’s Ultimate Listener Plan which is the most flexible of all.  Pay $120 up front for 12 book credits and two years in which to use the credits.  This plan is not offered on web site, so either call or email to request.  Do search for Ultimate Listener to get to thread in Books and Spoken word.

MarkAble is the easy and simple way to convert mp3, WAV, and audio CD’s to bookmarkable.  See the following guides for detailed help and post questions in the Books and Spoken Word IPL forum:

[SIZE=1] 4G 20gb iPod 2005-06-26 updater & v3.1; Win XP,  iTunes 4.9
To avoid playback probs, convert all homemade files in stereo and limit segments to max 5 hours duration
Guide: MarkAble Shareware. EZ merges/converts CD/MP3/WAV to bookmarking files, adds to iTunes, & deletes temp files < using MarkAble $15 PC Shareware>
Guide 4. Audio CDs to bookmarking iPod files-All iTunes solution (Mac adaptable)
Guide 1. Audio mp3 files to bookmarking iPod files (mac adaptable)
Guide 2. Audio CassetteTapes, any sound file played, vinyl LPs &  CDs to bookmarking iPod files ) <Audacity Mac OS X, PC, Linux Freeware required.>
Guides to Sound Recording ware: Audacity Free, $12 Total Recorder, 30 Euro PolderbitS <supplement to guide 2> 
Guide 3.  Copy Audio CDs into fewer iPod files using freeware & additional steps&time;

Guide 5. Burn audible books to CD iTunes (mac adaptable) or AM (Best!PC only)
Guide 6. Convert mono m4b files to Stereo to avoid 4G & Mini Lockup AND keep iTrip out of 4G+ Shuffle
Link 7.  Roberts Audible Book sorta literary Recommendations [/SIZE]

There is an ongoing discussion in lounge on possible solutions to lockups and lost bookmarks due to homemade mono and/or files over 5 hours here:

Posted by Robert1 in Atlanta, GA on August 2, 2005 at 5:17 PM (CDT)


I subscribe to Audible’s US, French and German sites as I need all three languages. I have no trouble downloading and transfering audiobook from the Audible websites in US and France (download to iTunes and transfer to my iPod works seamlessly). But, for the German Audiobooks site, everything works fine but I can’t transfer to my iPod?? Would appreciate any help.

Posted by kraebber on September 25, 2005 at 4:52 PM (CDT)


Ripping Your Own Audiobooks
Item 3 Make the Files Bookmarkable. In the new iTunes when you right click on a track ( Show Song Files ) doesnot come up. Where can I see the file extensions so that I can change them from .m4a to .m4b. Any help would be appreciated. Marty

Posted by martybp on September 21, 2006 at 4:33 PM (CDT)


Control click on the file within iTunes then “Show in Finder.”  You can edit there of even easier… download a script from Doug.

Posted by nate079 on October 8, 2006 at 5:26 PM (CDT)


I rip a lot of books on to my iPod. For the most part I don’t have a problem, but once in a while the the individual CDs get out of sequence, or disappear altogether. Today I ripped a CD in the usual way (the same as you have described), CD1 was OK. CD2 was CD3, CD4 and the rest were fine. CD2 had dissolved into the either. I went back to iTunes and checked each track and they were OK. I checked the tracks on the iPod (while connected to the PC), and CD 2 was gone. I even copied CD2 into a separated file on the iPod, but it still came up as CD3. I did the whole exercise again using a different iPod but this time CD3 disappeared.This has happened to me a couple of times before and I put it down to problems with the CD identification.It would be nice to know the real reason.

Posted by Ductor on December 30, 2006 at 11:38 AM (CST)


hoping someone can help me, I’ve got audiobooks m4b’s in the audiobook menu on my ipod, but there are no book names (or album listings).  Just track names.  So my books are all mixed up.  All the 0 tracks, then all the 01 tracks, and so on.  In itunes they are sorted by album.  I tried plugging in my ipod, adding an album column to the list view, and sorting by it, but it didn’t do anything.  Does anyone else have this problem?

Posted by roses0 on February 2, 2007 at 10:57 AM (CST)


I have purchased audiobooks from itunes and have had no problems except with this one book.  The book shows up in the itunes library under audiobooks but does not transfer to the ipod as an audiobook.  I checked the file endings on the four tracks and they were .m4p.  I changed them all to .m4b and itunes is quite happy with this but my ipod still thinks these are music tracks.  I have also changed the genre to “audiobooks” to no effect.  This is really bugging me.  Any suggestions please?

Posted by Ellonlistener on July 23, 2007 at 11:44 AM (CDT)



To create a bookmarkable audio file, you dont actually have to convert it to and AAC or m4b.

1) Plug your iPod in your computer

2) In iTunes, go to an audiofile within your iPod that you want bookmarkable.

3) Right-click on it, and go to OPTIONS

4) Tick the selection box “Remember Playback Position”

bish bash bosh - the file will remember its position everytime you play another file then return. AFAIK this follows the same properties as a ‘normal m4b’ bookmark

Posted by Suhaib on May 2, 2008 at 6:12 AM (CDT)


My problem with playing an audiobook in my iPod is that I cannot fast forward beyond 10 minutes without the iPod jumping to the next recording in the iPod.  Is this a problem with the set up of my iPod or with the Audiobook and can I change something to overcome this problem.

Posted by David Johnson on May 17, 2008 at 9:43 AM (CDT)


Some CD audiobooks have the same track designations, which seem to create a problem for me because I have been unable keep the tracks of multiple books separate on my iPod.  For example, if both Books #1 and #2 have tracks 1a, 1b, 1c, etc., the two books appear in the following order on my iPod:


That is, the contents of the two books become interleaved on iPod.  To get around this, I had to manually change the names of the tracks on the second (and other) book(s) through the “Get Info” menu on iTunes, but that is rather time-consuming.  Is there a more efficient way around this?


Posted by Harry Chou on August 10, 2008 at 1:19 PM (CDT)



I have been successfully converting my mp3s to AAC and them to m4b following the guide above.

However, I have 1 audiobook which will not work!  When I right click to book in Itunes, and choosing ‘Create AAC version’ I get an error message:

Error occurred while converting the file.  And unknown error occurred (-50).

Does anybody know what causes this?  Is there any limit on the size/length of an AAC file, as I have made this book into 1 file and it is pretty long - 7hrs 21 mins.


Posted by Pete on December 3, 2008 at 2:01 PM (CST)


w/have a nano & Classic..on the nano in importing books where u go to click “join tracks” it is not highlighted, and i cant get it to join.  Can anyone help,l,,,Thanks

Posted by Gene Diggs on April 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM (CDT)


I have a nano which I bought recently, I just downloaded some audiobooks but am unable to drag them onto my iPod or even burn them to a CD to listen to them that way.  Why can’t I download these to a portable media?  I didn’t buy these to sit at my computer and listen to them!  Please help!

Posted by Elena on May 16, 2009 at 4:45 AM (CDT)


my wife enjoys who is blind enjoys audio books . i want to her a ipod but want to know is there a prefered modle for audio books .any sugestions

Posted by keith on May 19, 2009 at 12:52 PM (CDT)


I am having trouble downloading all of the audiobook in iTunes.  It will skip chapters.  I listen to it in iTunes to see if it is the same as on my iPod.  Sections are missing.  I went to report a problem site in iTunes but didn’t get any directions as to how to remedy my problem.  I paid for the whole book and have a partial edition.  What should I do.

Posted by Carolyn on June 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM (CDT)


Hey there.  Can someone confirm that in order to have my mp3 audiobook collection show up on my ipod mini in the AUDIOBOOKS folder, not the music folder on the ipod (yes they are already in the audiobooks folder in itunes, and I have selected them all and converted media type to audiobook).....the file format needs to be converted from mp3 to aac then to m4b?

Why doesn’t me changing the media type to audiobook in itunes tell the ipod to put it in the audiobooks folder on the ipod?

Posted by ryan mitton on June 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM (CDT)


I seem to be able to import Audiobooks easily to my ipod however they only seen to play for about 6 seconds before the ipod shuts down and restarts. Any ideas?

Posted by Pete on July 19, 2009 at 1:15 AM (CDT)


It is highly unlikely that audiobooks purchased from iTunes will be better quality than those purchased directly from Audible because the ones from iTunes come from Audible.

With regard to audio quality, you have to remember a few things.  A normal music file (song) will be anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes on average.  A whole album therefore between 40 minutes and two hours.  An audiobook on the other hand can be many hours long.  Most audiobooks are simply someone reading except for maybe a few audio effects thrown in here and there, they are not the rich mixture of sounds found in music.

There are also literally millions of internet users worldwide who have access to nothing faster than 512k/bit adsl speeds, and who have severe data limits placed on their access by the carriers in their countries who actually charge for data (as ludicrous as that sounds).

So when companies like Audible and LoDingo encode the audiobooks they have many factors to consider.  Generally they will be encoded in a format that allows playback that won’t make your ears bleed but with file sizes small enough that those downloading from locations where they are charged for data won’t be slugged with a massive excess data charge for downloading War and Peace.

Another component in all of this is the amount of storage space required to house all of the audiobook titles.  When you take colocation of servers and backing up into consideration there is a significant cost involved for these companies.

Posted by Steve on September 5, 2009 at 7:29 PM (CDT)


Thank you! Do you know that I’ve had my nano for years and I never knew about pressing the select button three times to change the playback speed. I’ve recently been having trouble with audiobooks playing too fast and being distorted (maybe I changed this setting without knowing it?), so it was great to be able to fix it. Thanks again.

Posted by Wael on October 9, 2009 at 2:21 PM (CDT)


I have downloaded a audio book on my ipod,but can not get it to play under audio book it plays on music. but not under audio book. how do I get it to audio book on my ipod. I keep loseing my place and have to start all over from the begining.

thank you

Posted by Patti Dunica on December 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM (CST)


I’m an iPod novice. I’ve downloaded a couple of books from Audible for a patient of mine to listen to. When I try to add them to his iPod it seems to say that if I sync his iPod to my PC, all his music will get wiped out, as if the iPod will only sync with one computer. Is that the case?


Posted by Barry Thain on December 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM (CST)


When I listen to an audiobook on my Ipod Nano and then listen to a regular song, the next time I attempt to listen to the audiobook, I have to start again at the beginning of a “Part” of the audiobook - which means I have to re-listen to 20 or 30 minutes of what I’ve already listened to of the book. On the otherhand, if all I ever do is listen to the audiobook, the ipod lets me “resume” where I left off with no problem.  Is there any “fix” for this?

Posted by raina on December 6, 2009 at 1:49 PM (CST)


When I rename the physical file by changing its extension, iTunes can’t find the file and prompts me to locate it. I have to navigate to the folder, select the track title and click OK for every(!) track, which is way too time consuming. Am I missing something?

Posted by Joaniemcl on January 16, 2010 at 3:04 PM (CST)


Reply to Barry Thain: Yes, the iPod will only sych to one computer at a time.  Synching an iPod will erase its contents and replace them with the contents of the computer it’s connected to.  He will have to re-synch to the computer the previous contents came from to get them back.

Posted by joaniemcl on January 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM (CST)


I am looking to buy an IPOD to listen to books. How many gigs would I need?
I would want to put 2-4 books on if I can so I have enough to listen to when I travel.
Thanks for any help you can give me.

Posted by Evelyn Mazzola on January 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM (CST)


I have been successful (accidentally) in getting an audio book to download onto my PC, but then can’t seem to get it onto my ipod.  Esp library books. Its a complicated system. So I know the boooks are somewhere on my PC but I can’t find them. Any ideas? Another problem is when it looks like I have been successful getting them onto the PC, when I disconnect the ipod, they are no longer there even though it showed they were there before disconnection. Thanks.—mary

Posted by Mary Reilly on February 12, 2010 at 8:19 AM (CST)


I was wondering how to download Eclipes by: Stephanie Meyer onto my Ipod nano

Posted by Kirstyn on February 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM (CST)


Does anyone know if there is a player app that will let you bookmark, for later retrieval, multiple books?
It’s not unusual for me to be listening to a variety of books, depending on what mood I am in. With real books I can bookmark them and come back at any time to pick up that book where I left off. I’d love to do this with an assortment of audio books.

Barring that, how about a player that has a simple slider control to advance to a spot in the track - rather than hold my finger down for to slowly forward through 40 minutes I’ve already listened to - I want to drag or tap to an immediate spot - similar to a Winamp slider.

Posted by DanD on March 13, 2010 at 5:58 PM (CST)


Not only will iTunes and the iPod/iPhone let you bookmark multiple audiobooks, but it will allow you to transfer the bookmarks between devices, so if you start listening to an audiobook on your iPod, you can pick up where you left off after syncing with your iTunes library or even another iPod or iPhone.

Note that this article is out of date. See our Complete Guide to Audiobooks, Podcasts and iTunes U for the updated version.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM (CDT)


I download a lot of my books from the public library using OverDrive. When I transfer them, they transfer directly to my iPod. I would like to also have them on my p.c. but I can’t figure out how to move them there. I’ve tried dragging them from my iPod to iTunes but it won’t let me. There’s got to be an easy way because if I purchase a book it will be placed in iTunes and if I sync, I will lose my library books. Please help. Thank you.

Posted by Judie on June 11, 2010 at 5:16 PM (CDT)


I have the same question as #40—Evelyn Mazzola. I am looking to buy an IPOD (a nano, I hope because it’s easier to carry) and want to know how many GIGs I neeed for 2-4 books to bring with me when I travel. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by aPRIL kLIMLEY on June 20, 2010 at 11:08 PM (CDT)


I have a 1st generation iPod Touch, which I LOVE. I use it nearly every day to listen to audiobooks (from Audible) while in the car. Suddenly, just this morning, the books are playing too fast - as if I were doing a fast forward. I tried turning the Touch off and on, selecting a different book, and even letting one (short book play all the way through. Nothing seems to help. I saw references on this forum to settings for audiobooks - but I don’t find that on my Touch.

Any ideas?



Posted by Joe Valentine on July 22, 2010 at 8:48 AM (CDT)


So very helpful. Thank you!

Posted by V. on November 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM (CST)


I am a member of Audible and have many books in my libarary on my computer and have transferred them all to my ipod touch.  I do not want to lose the books because I want to listen to them again.  If I erase them from my ipod, can I download them again anytime from my computer or do I need to figure out somewhere else to store them?

Posted by Cindy on June 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM (CDT)


When I listen to my books on my iPod I have to stop and pull over to move to the next part. Audio downloads of books are in multiple parts. My Zune goes right onto the next part without interruption or me doing anything. Does anyone know how to make my iPod Classic do do this?

Posted by Ron on March 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM (CST)


I have books downloaded to my ipod and can see them in “music”.  I can’t find the audio books (and I have before).  When I sync my ipod there is nothing there to play.  THANKS

Posted by Lori Harmon on May 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM (CDT)


Thank you, everything worked just great :)

Posted by Daniela Vladimirova on May 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM (CDT)

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