I would really like to find an audiobook player that works on iOS without using the iTunes media library.
Here is my problem: iTunes (on Mac) mixes audio and e- books together. I have a fair sized software development library in e-book format and I can't begin to say how annoying this is when I am trying to manage (or use) e-books. I can't say enough how I don't want audio books appearing in alphabetical order mixed in with my developer library. Removing the "audiobook" designation will make the impossible task of separating modern and classical music on iTunes that much more aggravating.
I used to have a similar problem with podcasts being in the same app as everything else, and I solved that by switching to an iOS podcast app: it downloads podcasts, stores them outside of the media library, remembers my place even after I have been listening to music, and is far easier to operate than the Music app.
Unfortunately, every iOS audiobook player app I have found seems to use the iTunes media library for its storage, solving only half of my frustration.
Any suggestions for audiobook management and playing alternatives on iOS?