How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes

With the forthcoming release of Presentation Renovation as an audiobook, we’re going to show you how you can convert those MP3 files into an audiobook with iTunes. Actually, the same process works for any audio files you have in iTunes. It’s easy and can be done in just a few seconds.

First, why would you want to do this? When iTunes recognizes your audio files as part of an audiobook, it organizes them in Books section of your iTunes library instead of the Music section. You can also tell iTunes to mark the place where you finished listening, helpful when you have to stop listening someplace in the middle of a chapter. Last, if you have an iPhone or iPod, you can speed up or slow down the playback of audiobook files as well as skip ahead or back 15 seconds (at least, in version 6 of iOS).

I’ll list out the steps below and then show you a tutorial video at the end of the post. Let’s get to it.

Step Zero: Change Audio File Names (If Necessary)

To ensure that your book chapters play in sequence, make sure the files are numbered in order: something like 01 Chapter 1, 02 Chapter 2, etc. We’ve already done this for Presentation Renovation but that may not be the case with other books you want to import. IMPORTANT: when you change the file name, leave the file extension (the few characters after the period–probably MP3 or AAC) as it is.

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step One: Import the Audio into iTunes

Add the audio files to iTunes by dragging them into the iTunes window or by using File | Add to Library command from iTunes.

Step Two: Find the Files in iTunes

By default, the audio will be imported into the Music section of your library. You can use the “Search” box in the upper right portion of the iTunes window to find your files. In this case, type Renovate. Since you’re not likely to have anything else in your library with the word “Renovate,” the files will be easy to locate.

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step Three: Select the Files and access the Get Info menu

Click the first file in the list, hold SHIFT, then click the last file in the list. This will select the files. Place your mouse in the selected files, then right-click and choose Get Info (or select Get Info from the File menu). You’ll get a prompt to confirm that you’re editing multiple files. Click Yes.

Step Four: Change Genre to Audiobook

In the Information window, set the Genre to Audiobook (if this is already set , you won’t need to do it).

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step Five: Add Cover Artwork

In that same window, you can add a cover to your book by simply dragging an image file onto the Artwork field. Want to add the Renovate logo to your book? Click here to get it.

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step Six: Set Audiobook Options

Click the Options tab at the top of the Information window. Here you’ll make two changes: set Media Kind to Audiobook and set Remember position to Yes. Click OK.

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step Seven: Listen and Enjoy

Your files will now be listed under the Books section of your iTunes library. Once you transfer the files to your iPhone or iPod, you’ll see them listed under Audiobooks.

How to Create an Audiobook in iTunes - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Step Eight: Watch the Tutorial Video

Maybe it’s easier to show you how to do this. If so, the video’s for you.

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