Top 3 Ways to Split Audiobook into Chapters

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Split Audiobook into ChaptersIf you have multi-hour long audiobooks, obviously you can't sit and listen for 10 hours or more time. So you totally need to cut the audiobook into chapters. Then choose any chapter you want to listen to. After splitting, the audiobooks will be read as the books, whenever you want to listen, you can access to the recent chapter. The following ways can Split Audiobook into Chapters and create audiobooks with chapter divisions easily.

Above All: Download & Install Audible Converter

Most audio players require the audiobooks with no DRM protection. As far as I know, Audible audiobooks are popular and with DRM protection. So you must download and install Audible Converter to remove DRM and convert AA/AAX to MP3/M4B/AC3/AAC/M4A/FLAC/OGG/AIFF/WMA/WAV. After conversion, the chapter of an audiobook will be maintained.


Easily used: Drag and drop Audible audiobooks to the main interface of this tool (if you couldn't find your downloaded files, read this step by step guide on how to download audible books to computer). Choose output format. Click "Convert". After the conversion completed, the output folder will automatically popup.

Method 1: Split Audiobook into Chapters with Audible

In Audible.com the audiobook that is over 12 hours can be downloaded in multiple parts. You can get several parts of one audiobook. But this function is invalid in the audiobooks shorter than 12 hours. How inconvenient! But half a loaf is better than no bread.

For a computer, you can download it with several parts from the Audible Library.

For android or IOS, tap "Settings" and click download settings. Then choose to download audiobooks with "Single-Part" or "Multi-Part".

Check the detailed official ways about How to Download Audible audiobooks in Multiple Parts.

Method 2: Split Audible Audiobook into Chapters with iTunes

No matter a Mac or Windows system, iTunes is used frequently. Here is the way for you to divide Audible audiobooks into chapters with iTunes. According to below steps, you can add chapters to audiobooks with iTunes and listen conveniently.

Step 1: Convert Audible Files to MP3

You can use iTunes to play Audible audiobooks. But if you want to split Audible audiobooks into chapters, you must check Above All Part to remove DRM and convert Audible to MP3 firstly.

Step 2: Download & Install iTunes

For a mac, generally, there is no need for you to install iTunes again. It is a built-in app on a Mac. Or you can install it from Apple Store. For Windows system, you can download iTunes from Apple official site. Then install iTunes on your computer.

Step 3: Add Audiobook to iTunes

Launch iTunes. Select "Music" tab. Click the "File" on the navigation. Then click "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library" option. Select the converted MP3 file or folder from the pop-up window. Then the MP3 file will be displayed in "Recently Added" section of Library.

Add Converted Audiobook to iTunes

Step 4: Enter Time of Each Chapter

Play the added MP3 file in iTunes. Remember the time of each chapter you want to begin. Right-click the MP3 audiobook and click "Get Info" option. Then click "Options" from the pop-up menu. Enter the start time and stop time of a chapter. For the first chapter, the start time is "0:00". The stop time is the timing you want to end a chapter. After enter and check the check box. Then click "OK".

Determine Time of Each Chapter

Step 5: Set Import Format

Click "Edit" on the navigation bar and choose "Preferences" option. From the "General Preferences" window, click "Import Settings" option. You can ignore other default options.

iTunes General Preferences

Then set the "Import Using" as "MP3 Encoder" from the pop-up window. Then click "OK". Here you can find AAC/AIFF/WAV/MP3/Apple Lossless Encoder. And you can choose the format you like.

Import Using MP3 Encoder

Step 6: Create Chapter Version

Select the added MP3 file again. Click "File" option in the navigation bar and put your mouse on the "Convert" Option. Click "Create MP3 Version" option from the pop-up menu. This operation will create a new MP3 file which contains the content of the time period you selected.

Create MP3 Version

After conversion, you can find the new MP3 file in "Recently Added" section. Click the name of the new file and rename it as "Chapter One". Now you get the first chapter in Music section.

Step 7: Add Chapters into Audiobooks

Right-Click the Chapter One file. Select "Get Info" option from the pop-up menu. Click "Options". Change "media kind" from "Music" to "Audiobook". Then click "OK". You will find the Chapter One file disappears in the current interface and appears in "Books > Audiobooks" section.

Add Chapters into Audiobooks

For more chapters, you can repeat above steps from Step 4. For Chapter Two, you can enter the start time one second later than the previous stop time. Let me illustrate. Chapter One, enter the start time "0:00" and the stop time "3:00". Then Chapter Two, enter the start time "3:01" and the stop time you want to split.

You can right-click these chapter files and choose "Show in Windows Explorer" to find the split chapter files in your computer. It's easy for you to create audio books with chapter divisions using this way.

Method 3: Split MP3 Audiobook into Chapters with Audacity

Audacity is a freeware and has full versions for different computer systems. If you want to cut audiobooks into chapters, it's a good partner. MP3, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and other output formats are provided for you.

First of all, for Audible audiobooks, please Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3. If your audiobooks are open files, just skip to below steps.

Step 1: Download & Install Audacity

Select the appropriate version for your computer. Download Audacity. You can download the installer file and the zip file which is a portable version. Choose your favorite one.

Step 2: Import Audiobook

Launch Audacity. Click "File > Open" to import audiobooks. Or click "File > Import > Audio" to add audiobooks into the interface.

Step 3: Edit Start and End Timing

Play the added audiobook and determine which timing to split. Below the "Audio Position", you can find the current timing number. Once you want to split, stop playing and edit the timing number into the "End" box. The timing you want to start a chapter can be edited below "Selection Start".

Edit Start and End Timing with Audacity

Step 4: Export Selected Audio

Click "File > Export Selected Audio" on the navigation bar. From the pop-up window, select the format of selected audio and storage location. Also, you can rename the selected audio file.

For next chapter, enter the timing you want to begin below "Selection Start". Choose another stop timing.

Now, with above three ways to split audiobook into chapters, you can flexibly arrange the listening time. Which method do you like best? Look forward to your comments.

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01/14/2018 11:01:51

Why do you want/need to split the books into smaller parts? With larger segments, especially the full book, you can always see how much more is left. And if you use the sleep timer, you know you set it for say 20 minutes and you can easily go back up to that amount to restart.

Can you actually split them into chapters? And if so, why does it matter?  Maybe I read differently. I read/listen until I fall asleep or have to do something else. I never care where I am in a chapter.

I really hate the books that are split into several minutes. They are so difficult to manage.  If you are streaming them then go into a dead-zone, such as the 20 minute one I have on my hike, many times I can't listen to my book during that time period.

01/20/2018 02:31:20
This very much depends on apps that you are using. iTunes prefer one big file m4b which is basically MP4 container  with AAC encoded audio and chapters metadata. However there are other apps for which its better to have chapters  separated  into individual  files. And these apps can cache several files ahead or whole audiobook.
01/20/2018 02:19:15
If you are not afraid of command line and FOSS you can try this zderadicka.eu/splitting-large-audio-books/
you can automatically convert whole library. Opus is great format for audiobooks with 48 kbps bitrate in same quality as 128 kbps mp3 (eg. 1/3 of space/bandwidth).
05/14/2018 07:26:51

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