Convert ebooks to audiobooks for Kindle and other mp3 players

Last year Amazon killed their text-to-speech feature from its kindle devices. Meanwhile they are heavily advertising for subscription to audible, their audiobook subscription service. Perhaps they saw that as a conflict, or a marketing strategy to drive more users to audible even though Audible is not a text to speech service.

Thanks to audiobook creator, there is no need for amazons text to speech support to listen to your ebooks on your kindle or your mp3 player. You can convert your DRM-free e-book collection to audiobook and transfer the files your device. For that you need to have Audiobook Creator on your Mac.

Audiobook creator generates only m4b files, however it is relatively easy to convert to MP3 (for that you need to use iTunes for conversion) to transfer to your MP3 capable devices.  All apple devices support m4b natively, so you don’t need it these, this is only for devices that do not support apple’s audiobook format.

  1. Generate m4b file using this tutorial
  2. After that open the file with iTunes, you will the file to be in the audiobook section
  3. Go to iTunes Preferences and under ‘General’ settings -> ‘Import Settings’ , from the drop down menu select MP3 Encoder
  4. Now find the audibook file you would like to convert to mp3, right click and select “Create Mp3 Version”
  5. When the MP3 version is created, you can right click and “Find in finder” to find the file
  6. From finder, you can copy to your device using your device specific copying methods

More detailed iTunes conversion can be found on this post

Note that any book will have their own use, copy and audio rights, check before converting your drm free in the preface or introduction

Happy listening

 

iBooks to Audiobook

Audiobook Creator has a new version and now fully supports iBook ebook files. Again, only DRM free files can be converted. This requires the newest Mac OSx, Mavericks 10.9; which has the iBooks app.

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

In order to use with ibooks, it is the same process as other ebook files. However, there is an extra step involved to get iBooks out of  iBook application.

  1. Start iBooks app
    iBooks app
  2. Drag and Drop the ebook to the desktop, this will create a copy of original epub file
    iBook Drag Drop
  3. From desktop, drag and drop the copied e-book file (epub). If it is not DRM protected it will be available to process
    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

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

    Pdf file loaded

    Pdf file loaded

  5. Click on Convert to start the conversion

    PDF to m4b conversion

    ebook to audiobook conversion

  6. 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 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.