How to Convert MP3 to Audiobook - Full Tutorial

Q: I have a mass of MP3 files ripped from audiobook CDs that I'd like to play on my media players, such as iTunes. But MP3 format can't keep chapters and there is no way to bookmark my MP3 books. So, my question is whether there are some effective ways to convert MP3 to audiobook encoded in M4A or M4B audiobook format? As a consequence, I can listen to audiobooks easier and better.

With the popularity of audiobooks, there are more and more audiobook converters developed and created by software developers. MP3 to audiobook converter is one of them. In order to convert MP3 to audiobook, today, we will introduce a free MP3 to audiobook converter and a premium MP3 to audiobook converter for you to get audiobooks from MP3 files with chapters.

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Part 1. How to Convert MP3 to Audiobook with iTunes

When it comes to converting MP3 files to audiobook, iTunes is the best tool you can miss. Aside from being a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, file manager, iTunes also comes with a large number of fantastical features, including burning audiobooks to CDs, syncing media files as well as converting audio files.

Yes, iTunes could be regarded as a free MP3 to audiobook converter, which can directly convert MP3 to iTunes audiobook format, M4A and M4B. Here, we will take iTunes for Windows example to show you the detailed steps on how to convert MP3 to audiobooks on Windows with the assistance of iTunes.

Step 1. Launch iTunes app on your PC and add MP3 audiobook files to iTunes library by clicking the 'File' > Add File to Library' or directly dragging and dropping them into the main interface of iTunes.

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Step 2. You can locate all imported MP3 files under the 'Music' > 'Recently Added' section.

Step 3. Hit on the 'Edit' > 'Preferences' from the iTunes' navigation bar to choose 'General Preferences' > 'Import Settings' to open the setting window.

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Step 4. Please select the 'AAC Encoder' option from the 'Import Using' and click the 'OK' to confirm it. Just choose the added MP3 files and click the 'File' >'Convert' > 'Create AAC Version' to export MP3 to AAC files, which encoded in M4A format.

Step 5. Right-click the M4A files and choose 'Show in Windows Explorer' to locate the destination folder stored files on your computer. Now you can modify the M4A to M4B files manually.

Now, all MP3 audiobooks are converted to M4B audiobooks and you can import them to iTunes or other players to play with chapters. Besides, all added files will display in 'Audiobook' section automatically now.

Part 2. How to Convert MP3 to Audiobooks with Audiobook Converter

The previous way could work well but it's a little complicated if you are not technical staff and not familiar with iTunes. To make the conversion process simple and stable, here, you can use AudFree Audiobook Converter to take place of iTunes. It's a professional audiobook converter, which can not only convert Audible to MP3, iTunes audiobooks to MP3, but also convert MP3 to audiobook formats, including M4A and M4B. Besides, it also has the ability to convert MP3 to lossloss FLAC and WAV.

To make the audiobook playback better, you can also use AudFree Audiobook Converter to split large audiobooks into small audio clips and adjust the playback volume, pitch, speed, etc. according to your needs.

AudFree Audiobook Converter

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  • Convert MP3 to audiobook M4A and M4B
  • Convert audiobooks to MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, M4B
  • Keep original ID3 tags and chapters in output audios
  • Split large audiobook file into small segments via chapters
  • Convert iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music and other audios

Step 1. Drag and drop MP3 files to the main interface of AudFree Audiobook Converter or click the second 'Add Files' button to add MP3 files.

Step 2. Click the 'audio' icon to open the setting window, in which you can customize output format as M4A or M4B or other audio formats. Besides, you can click the 'edit' and 'effect' icon to adjust other output settings.

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Step 3. Now, just simply press the 'Convert' button, it will batch convert MP3 to audiobooks with chapters. You can find audiobooks by clicking the 'file' or 'history' > 'search' icon.

More Tips: How to Transfer MP3 to Audiobook Section in iTunes

If you have some MP3 ripped from audiobooks and just would like to display them in iTunes 'Audiobook' section, things could be easier as iTunes offers a straightway solution to make it possible. Let's see how to make MP3 audio detected as iTunes audiobooks below:

Step 1. After you have imported MP3 files to iTunes, you can find them in 'Music' > 'Recently Added' catalog.

Step 2. Choose an audio file and right-click to select 'Get Info' to get detailed information on your MP3 files.

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Step 3. Please change the 'Music' to 'Audiobook' under the 'media kind' and click the 'OK' to confirm this setting.

After that, your MP3 audio files will show up in the 'Books' > 'Audiobooks' section in iTunes. By the way, using this way, your audio files are still MP3 format and it is only available for iTunes. If you'd like to play your MP3 as audiobooks on other players, you need to follow the above two ways to convert MP3 to audiobooks instead.

Jul 14, 2021 8:10 PM

Posted by Ivan Scott to Audiobook Tips


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