If like me, you have a collection of MP3 audio books and use itunes then you need to read the following.
There is a open source software called Audiobook Maker which will convert your MP3 audio books into itunes compatible M4B format allowing your to view these audio books in the ‘audio book’ section of your itunes or ipod.
This is particularly useful as it means audio books will no longer occupy your music section and inadvertently play when you are in shuffle mode.
The software itself is very easy to use. You simply add your MP3 files to the maker and hit ‘make audio book’. You get a couple of options, but I only use AAC bookmarked. This enables itunes or your ipod to remember the last position you last listened to.
It’s really that easy. Encoding time varies and depends on the length of the book and the original bitrate. I converted a 12 hour book in 45 mins on my mac mini.
I should point out that this is for OS X only.
You can download Audiobook Maker from sourceforce.