Audiobook Builder 1.5

May 30, 2011

My recommended solution for creating digital audiobooks from CDs, Audiobook Builder, has recently been updated, and comes with a new feature for renaming the chapters in an audiobook: I don’t know that I’d want to use this on every book, but for those without interesting or meaningful chapter names (or if you’re just not as […]

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Free download of Walden by Henry David Thoreau

April 7, 2011

For a limited time, you can download a free audiobook of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden read by Mel Foster. This is the commercial version of the book, which retails for $23-33. The unabridged audiobook is provided as MP3 files, which you can simply drag into iTunes, and then sync to your iPod or iPhone for […]

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Which iPod Should I Buy, 2010 Edition

December 8, 2010

Two years in the making, or just two years late. At long last I’ve updated the article describing recommended devices for listening to audiobooks: Which iPod Should I Buy for Listening to Audiobooks Hopefully this will be useful to you during your holiday shopping! (And come back for my Recommended Audiobooks when you find a […]

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App Review: Audible Audiobook Player

November 5, 2010

The Audible mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch is a terrific way to browse, download, and listen to your Audible audiobooks. If you are an customer, add this free app to your handheld device.

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Free download of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

October 20, 2010

From now through Halloween, you can download a free audiobook of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein read by Simon Vance. Vance is an extraordinary narrator, winner of many awards, and certainly a Golden Voice. This is a high-quality production. The unabridged audiobook is provided as MP3 files, which you can simply drag into iTunes, and then sync […]

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Audiobook Builder for $5!

February 11, 2010

Audiobook Builder, my recommended solution for creating audiobooks from CDs, is on sale for 50% off ($5), for one day only. The sale ends at the end of the day, February 11th, at midnight Eastern Time. I consider Audiobook Builder a bargain at its full price of $10. At $5, it’s a steal. Go get […]

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App Review: Recorded Books Audiobook Apps

January 13, 2010

Recorded Books is offering a dozen audiobook apps in the iTunes Store, audiobooks built into an app for playing them on an iPhone or iPod Touch. The app is intended to make acquiring and listening to an audiobook easier and less frustrating. In some ways it succeeds.

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App Review: Bookmark

December 21, 2009

Bookmark is an alternative audio player app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is specifically for use with audiobooks, based on the insight that the iPod is great for music, but not very well-suited to audiobooks. Bookmark was designed around the central concept that, when listening to a long audiobook, you want different controls for moving around in the much longer tracks, and tools for marking positions in the recording that go beyond just saving where you left off.

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iTunes Syncing 101

May 27, 2009

Researching the answer to a reader question, I came across the following article in Apple’s Knowledgebase, and it’s so generally useful, I thought I mention it: It covers the most basic information about how to sync audio from iTunes to your iPod or iPhone, but that’s often the best place to start when you have […]

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Improved Audiobook Builder

May 26, 2009

Just a quick note to mention that Audiobook Builder, my preferred solution for creating audiobooks on Mac OS X, was recently updated to version 1.1. The improvements include: Longer audiobook parts, 18 hours instead of the prior 12 hour limit. New options for where to break an audiobook into parts; for me, this means no […]

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Free audiobooks at Barnes & Noble

April 27, 2009

Barnes & Noble is giving away nine free audiobooks. Most of the selections are short stories, but Tom Sawyer is the full length novel. All are offered in MP3 format, which should be playable on any device. (With iTunes 8 you can change the media type to Audiobook to make tracks in any format behave […]

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Backing Up in an Audiobook

April 3, 2009

After posting my explanation of Nearly Perfect Audiobooks, I got feedback from a number of readers who preferred to have their audiobooks in lots of short, 1-3 minute tracks. I find many tracks to be incredibly annoying when organizing and managing my books, especially when manually creating a “Listen Now” playlist to compliment the smart […]

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