If you are like me and love audiobooks, you may have discovered how great it is to have them be portable. I love Audible because they automatically download to my iPad, plus I can increase the speed up to two times the regular speed. However, I read so many books (you can read how to get classic books on the cheap and apply the same principle to other books, too), that sometimes I just need to get audiobook cds to put them onto my iPad. You can pick them up with 2 credits on paperbackswap.com or lots of other places. I would love if I could fit them on my phone, but it’s really full! So, you’ll be able to see at the bottom how I manage my iPad because it’s also kind of full, too!
Step One: Import CDs
Even if you are importing a bunch of cds from one box, they won’t always be consistently titled with the author or album. Some might be missing the information all together. Some are consistent in how they name the tacks, but others are not. I used to care and make the titles all match the albums, like 01a, 01b, and so on, but then I realized later that I could just sort by date added, so I let that go to save time.
You can give every album same title and a different disc name or you can name them things like White Oleander [Disc 01], White Oleander [Disc 02], and so forth. Again, that’s personal preference.
Create a Playlist: By Artist or Album
If you have multiple books by a single author, you may want to sort by album, or you can do this anyway.
Personally, I name all of my audiobooks “Audiobook – Name” for consistency purposes. It makes them easier to find, plus keeps them out of my music playlists.
After naming the smart list that I created, I sort by date added, so that the first track or the first album is first and down the line, then copy to play order. This can be accomplished by sorting, right clicking on the playlist on the lefthand side bar, and clicking “copy to play order.” This is important so that you listen to the book in order!
This is what will allow you to speed up your playing speed! I select everything in the smartplaylist and change it from music to podcast! You cannot listen at a faster speed in iTunes, but you can on an iPhone or iPad. My example will be on my iPad because my iPhone is full of pictures, but I’m too lazy to move them. Playlists are important if your device is nearing full/you have more audiobooks than your device can hold.
If your device is nearly full, instead of syncing all podcasts, just check sync “selected playlists.” Then you can check the ones you want to listen to next and that will fit on your device!
When you use Podcasts, you can change the playspeed and sleeptimers. Also, don’t forget to play your book through the playlist!
I think the best part about putting it on a portable device is that I can move it around the house with me, plus, I can play it in the car or use headphones. I don’t have an auxiliary cord in my car, so I use one of those cool cassette adapters. It works great!
Do you like audiobooks? Do you prefer e-readers? Paperback?
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