File Open ebook file audio creator

pdf ebook to Audiobook Conversion

Audiobook Creator has a new version and now fully supports PDF documents.

You can move all your DRM-free PDF collection to audiobooks and listen on iTunes, or iPhone.

In order to use with PDF documents, it is the same process as ePub files.

  1. From finder, drag and drop the e-book file (PDF or epub).
    Drag Drop files to e-book files

    Drag Drop files to e-book files

    Alternatively, you can use the menus. When the audiobook creator application is focused. You go to File-Open and open the file that you want to.

    File Open ebook file audio creator

    File Open ebook file audio creator

  2. this will load the file and show the meta data of the file

    Pdf file loaded

    Pdf file loaded

  3. Click on Convert to start the conversion

    PDF to m4b conversion

    ebook to audiobook conversion

  4. Once it is done, you will get back to done screen where you can open with iTunes or Reveal in Finder
    Done screen to reveal the finder

    Done screen to reveal the finder

    Enjoy listening!

How to Download New Voices for Mac OS X

For Audiobook Creator to convert the file in the language of the book, you need to make sure to have the same language set as the eBook. Then you will have a good audio conversion.

Additional voices can be downloaded in system settings on Mac OS X.

To download additional voices from Apple,

  • Go to System Preferences -> Dictation & Speech or Speech-> Text to Speech

Dictation and Speech

  • System Voice -> Customize…, Then choose additional voices to download (click ‘OK’ button).Downloding voice
    Download Additional Voices
  • Once the download has completed relaunch Audiobook Creator, now you can use them within the app.
  • You need to go to preferences to select the newly downloaded voice to use in conversions, once launched, Audiobook Creator->Preferences
    Audiobook Preferences

 

 

 

How to Convert an eBook to an Audiobook on Mac OS X

This tutorial is for the Mac app Audiobook Creator.

In order for Audiobook Creator to convert the ebook, you would need an “epub” ebook file. We will add more formats in the future, please make a feature request if you want us to prioritise this work.

If you have an epub file handy it is great, otherwise you can get it from various sources, including gutenberg.org.  For finding more about epub ebook files, please look at our epub post.

For this tutorial we will have a look at converting an ebook from the Project Gutenberg web site.

  1. Download an epub book from gutenberg, for instance Hamlet by William Shakespeare . Make sure you download the epub file.
  2. Once you downloaded it, assuming the application is started, either drag and drop the file to the bookshelf or Click on the menu File->Open.Audiobook Creator
  3. This is a long book (it’s Shakespeare in the end), once it is loaded, you can click convert to start the conversion.
  4. It will take about 5-10 minutes and you will see the updating progress bar.

    Audiobook Creator

    Audiobook Creator

  5. At the end of the conversion, you will get to the final screen, where you can reveal in finder or save. The end file should be about 6 hours long of audio.
  6. You can either drag drop or open the file with iTunes, and it will appear in the audiobooks pane
  7. You can transfer to your device using the iTunes sync functionality

That is what Audiobook Converter does in a nutshell. It loads an ebook file and saves to an audiobook file. You can then drag and drop to iTunes to listen to the audiobook.

Where to get DRM-free ebooks

At the moment, Audiobook Creator works only with DRM-free epub  eBook files.

drm-free

DRM-free doesn’t mean the book to be free, in fact it is very rare to have free books.  It just means that the book is not limited to the device that you buy from and work in different platforms.

If you know where to get/buy the ePub books and already using it it’s great! This page is to get started with getting ePub files.

Here are some links to websites  which offer ePub-books

  • Gutenberg Project is one of the most famous sources for free ePub eBooks. They offer about 30,000 books in many different languages.
  • Manybooks.net offers more than 26,000 free eBooks in many different languages. Definitely a place to go when you are searching for free eBooks.
  • PragProg is my personal favourite where you find unique collection of technical books, and most of them are very interesting
  • O’Reilly MediaManning, are some of our favourites for technical digital book stores
  • Please also consider to support independent/open source publishers, they are all over the web and twitter publishing their books without a publisher without having the hussle of a publisher.
  • For a more comprehensive digital publisher list please see Wikipedia

 

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Audiobook Creator is available at Mac App Store

Audiobook creator is available to download on Mac App Store. You can find more details on our audiobook creator website.

Audiobook creator is an app which enables the creation of audiobooks from ebooks. You can listen to it on the go with a music player, smart phone or on your computer.

It is designed to convert ebooks into audiobooks. It reads aloud an ebook (epub) to an audiobook (m4b) file.

Available on the Mac App Store

System requirements

* OS X 10.6 or later