I’ve been addicted to Audiobooks lately simply because of how it alleviates the mundanity of chores and repetitive, mindless tasks. Why just fold laundry when you can fold laundry and listen to a good book?
Before the emergence of sites like Audible there were “Books on CD” (and even before then, “Books on Tape”). Ripping those CDs into mp3s and then loading them into your favorite mp3 player is usually a no-brainer, but for iPod users you can go a little further.
Enter Audiobook Builder.
This $10 piece of software allows you to convert your existing mp3 collection of audiobooks into the iPod’s special audiobook format (m4b). What this buys you is the ability to use chapter stops, bookmarking and consolidation from a large number of files into one or two files. It integrates with iTunes nicely and is very simple to use. If you have a set of Books on CD that you haven’t ripped yet, you can use this software to organize exactly how you want your chapter stops and how big each file is.
I’ve already converted all of my old audiobooks and spoken word mp3s with this software and am very pleased with its ease of use and quality. I’m not converting the old way anymore.