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Audiobooks were originally produced for cassette tapes and compact discs. However, as technology progressed, audiobooks are now produced as digital audio files known as eBooks. One digital eBook file format is the ZVR file format. Because this format is not widely used, portable devices and most computers cannot play ZVR files. Therefore, if you want an audio file that is compatible with your electronic devices, you will need to convert the ZVR file to a more compatible file format such as MP3. This conversion can be completed using two audio conversion programs. The first will convert the file into a WAV; the second will convert the WAV into an MP3.
Install a ZVR to MP3 converter. There are not a lot of these available on the Internet. However, one program that is free and will perform the conversion is ZVR Converter (see "Resources").
Launch the ZVR converter by double-clicking the application. Click the "Open" button and select the ZVR file you want to convert from your computer.
Click the "Convert" button, and the ZVR file will be converted into a WAV file. You will now use the WAV file and convert it into an MP3 file.
Download and install a WAV to MP3 converter. One free option is iTunes. iTunes is a good application for this conversion because it is compatible with Windows and Mac computers.
Launch iTunes and change the encoding settings. Click "iTunes" and then "Preferences." Then click "Import settings." From this menu, select "MP3 encoder" from the drop-down menu and click "OK" to proceed.
Import the WAV file you previously converted into iTunes. Right-click the file and select "Open with." Choose "iTunes" from a list of applications.
Click on the WAV file. Then click "Advanced" at the top of iTunes. Select "Create MP3 Version," and the WAV file will be converted into an MP3 file.
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