How to Organize Audiobooks in iTunes

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How to Organize Audiobooks in iTunes
Organise your audiobooks for easy listening. (Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Often when importing an older audiobook from CD, or when downloading from a smaller publisher on the Internet, iTunes does not properly categorise the files as audiobook. Instead iTunes mixed them in with your music files, making them more difficult to find. This keeps you from taking advantage of the benefits that the "Audiobook" category offers, such as auto-bookmarking and shuffle skipping. Reorganise these files into a proper audiobook with a few simple steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Select all the individual files that make up the audiobook.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the selected files and choose "Get Info."

  3. 3

    Click the "Info" tab. You will be presented with a selection of text fields and it is not immediately obvious how they relate to book information. For iTunes to organise the audiobook properly, fill in the information as follows. For "Album," fill in the book's title. For "Artist," fill in the book's author. For "Composer," fill in the book's narrator. For "Genre," type "Audiobook" or "Books and Spoken," depending on your version of iTunes.

  4. 4

    Click the "Options" tab and set the Media Kind to "Audiobook."

  5. 5

    Click OK. Your book is now listed in the "Books" section in the left-hand menu.

  6. 6

    Further organise your book by selecting all of the files for the first chapter. Return to the Get Info menu and enter "Chapter 1" in the "Name" field. Repeat this process for each chapter.

Tips and warnings

  • Use audiobook software such as Audiobook Builder to combine the many short files your audiobook is made up of into just a few larger files.

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