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How do I transfer a folder containing mp3 files to my iPod/iTunes to be recognized as an audiobook?

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I use iTunes 10 in Windows 7.

  1. Select the tracks.
  2. Right-click and select Get Info.
  3. Open the Options tab.
  4. Set:
    Equilizer Preset = Spoken Word
    Media Kind = Audiobook
    Part of a compilation = No
    Remember position = Yes
    Skip when shuffling = Yes
    Gapless album = No
  5. Press OK.

Also, make sure the correct track numbers and disc numbers are set for each track.

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What do "Part of a compilation" and "Gapless album" mean? –  Shimmy Jan 5 '12 at 20:32
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I'm not entirely sure. I think a compelation is like an album where every song is by a different artist (eg. The Best Hits of 2000). A gapless album might be where the tracks are mixed together so there's no silence throughout the album, like many dance music albums. I don't know how they affect iTunes. –  Hand-E-Food Jan 7 '12 at 5:21
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I used to do the method that Hand-E-Food used. It works fine, but you still end up with a ton of individual mp3 files. This was a pain for me because of the way they showed up when I plug them into my car stereo.

After a bunch of looking around, I found AudioBook Builder. It takes all the mp3 files and converts them into a single .m4b audiobook file. Assuming you are on a Mac, it's worth a look.

The app is available directly in the App Store. I've only used it a few times, but that's only because I don't have that many audio books. It was quick and easy and more than worth the price for the hassle it saved me.

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