Guide to Add Chapters to Audiobooks with iTunes

Apple’s Audiobook format allows you to listen to works of literature on your iPod, iPhone, iPad or other device. You can purchase Audiobooks in the iTunes store, but unlike CD audio books, Apple Audiobooks typically do not contain chapter separation, due to the fact that they automatically save your place for you. Still, if you want to divide your Apple Audiobooks or other fully-contained audio books into chapters, you can do so using iTunes.

Instructions – How to Create Chapters to Audiobooks in iTunes

  1. Listen to your audio book file and decide where you want to divide the chapters. For example, if Chapter One of a novel ends at the 27-minute mark, and Chapter Two ends at 39:30, write these numbers down, as you will need them to make your separations.
  2. Right-click your main audio book file (or hold “CTRL” while clicking, if using Mac OS X) and select “Get Info” from the pop-up menu. On the “Get Info” menu, click the “Options” tab.
  3. Enter the number “0.00” in the “Start Time” field, and enter the time corresponding to the end of Chapter One in the “Stop Time” field. For example, if Chapter One ends at the 27-minute mark, you would enter “27.00” in the “Stop Time” field. Click “OK.”
  4. Click “Advanced” on your menu bar and select “Create MP3 Version” from the drop down list. Depending on your import settings, the option may read “Create AAC Version.” The format does not matter, as the file will soon be converted back to Audiobook format.
  5. Click the “Music” tab in the left column and select your new audio file. Rename it “Chapter One,” or something similar, by clicking the title once, pausing for a second and then clicking the title again. Type in the new name and press “Enter.”
  6. Right-click your “Chapter One” file and click “Get Info.” Click the “Options” tab and select “Audiobook” in the “Media Kind” field, to change your chapter from a music file to an Audiobook file. Click “OK.”
  7. Repeat steps two through six for each subsequent chapter that you want to add. Always refer back to your original audio book file for extracting new chapters, and insert your “Start Time” as one second after your last “Stop Time.” For example, if you entered “27.00” as your stop time for Chapter One, you would enter “27.01” as your start time for Chapter Two.


More Tips – How to Convert iTunes DRM-ed Audiobooks to MP3

As you should know, audiobooks you bought from iTunes or Audible (Amazon) are protected with DRM which prevents you from listening the audiobooks on any media player as you like. So you may need to convert the protected iTunes or Audible audiobooks to MP3 or other formats in order to play them on the popular MP3 players. If this is your case, then you can use TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter for Windows/Mac to help you convert the DRM-ed iTunes and Audible audiobooks to MP3, AAC, WAV or other audio formats while removing the DRM off. This smart DRM audiobook converter is able to convert iTunes and Audible audiobooks in M4B, M4A, AA, AAX to common MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A at 30x faster speed with original quality preserved. For more information, you can follow these tutorial to learn how to use TunesKit to convert iTunes and Audible audiobooks to MP3 with ease:


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