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I have a number of audio books on CD that I'd like to convert to MP3 (or M4A) format. I'd prefer to have one large audio file per CD, with chapter marks at the track boundaries.

Almost all the CD ripping software I can find is designed for music CDs; is there something out there that can do what I'm looking for?

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Other than the chaptermarks bonkencoder will do it.

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I tried this out, and it seems to do the trick. –  Eric Brown Nov 8 '09 at 23:49

You could rip the tracks to raw PCM (not WAV, which has headers etc) and just concatenate the files before encoding. This wouldn't give you chapter marks though.

Why not just use a player which can handle playing several files sequentially (as I think almost all players can)?

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Well, audiobooks tend to be spread across a dozen CDs or so. I'd rather manage 12 large MP3s rather than a hundred or so files. (Also, audio books aren't always 1 chapter/disk or chapter/track.) –  Eric Brown Nov 8 '09 at 23:49

Rip your audio books, then use MakeitOne MP3 Album Maker pack/join your MP3 files in a single file - whilst still allowing full playability, tag editing and unpacking.

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Unlike similar programs MakeitOne MP3 Album Maker allows you to join the MP3 files and unpack them back to their original state without loosing quality.

MakeitOne MP3 Album Maker is freeware.

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