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I have a number of audiobooks that are very long (10 or more CDs). I don't like having them all in separate files because when you leave and come back, you're scrolling through hundreds of files to find the one you were on. Instead, I used an audio editor to combine them in to 3-5 hour files. However, if you are scrubbing through the file and accidentally slip (lift your finger, etc), you've now lost your place in such a large file. I have seen in some podcasts that have chapters, allowing you to use |<< and >>| to skip around, and keeping the scrubbing to within the chapter. Can these be applied to audiobooks? If not, can I tell iTunes that my book is a podcast and set them there? I tried that once but couldn't see how to set chapter markers anywhere.

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You can do it with Garageband on a Mac, or using a separate utility on Windows.

Mac with Garageband

There's a detailed guide here, but the concise version is:

  1. Create a new Podcast in Garageband.
  2. Delete the placeholder tracks (the Podcast track can't be deleted), then drag in the audio file you want to add chapters to.
  3. Select the Podcast track, make sure the editor is open (⌘E).
  4. Move the playhead to the position you want a chapter at, and click Add Marker. Repeat for each chapter position you want. You can add titles if desired.
  5. Export to disk or iTunes via the Share menu.

If you want the files to appear as audiobooks in iTunes, you may need to select them (in iTunes), and change the Media Kind (Get Info/⌘I, Options tab) to Audiobook.

Windows using Chapter and Verse

  1. Download the free Chapter and Verse program. There are probably others out there, but this one seems to do the trick fairly simply and is free.
  2. Click Add Files to import your audio track. If it's not in AAC format, it will prompt you to convert it.
  3. Go to the Chapters tab and add your chapters as necessary.
  4. Click the Build button to save the file, then import it to iTunes as desired.
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Guess I should have specified "within iTunes" in my question, especially since I don't have a Mac. Related to your answer, though, does it have to be a podcast in order to get chapters? –  techturtle Jul 3 '12 at 4:32
    
Ah, didn't realize that it was iTunes for Windows. You can do this with a free utility on Windows, but iTunes itself doesn't have that capability. There's nothing special about a podcast per se, chapter support is a feature of the mp4/m4a container used - any AAC audio in an m4a file should work. I'll update my answer to include details about the Windows utility. –  robmathers Jul 3 '12 at 18:17
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You can do that with Audiobook Binder. It's an open source app, and also available for free on the Mac App Store.

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