I want to take a folder full of mp3's, and merge it into an audiobook-file (for Ipod, don't remember the file format) with chapters for each file.

Is there a tool that will do this?

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MP3 to iPod Audio Book Converter will do this for you, it's free and open source.

  • ...And it works brilliantly
    – Kjensen
    Commented Jul 1, 2010 at 14:45
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    Tried that but it doesn't seem to mark chapters.
    – AlfaTeK
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 19:22

Here's how I've done it in my Mac ...

Placed all my *.mp3 files to a folder, and open Terminal to that folder .. making sure my mp3 files are in correct sequence audio1.mp3 audio2.mp3 and so on ...

cat *.mp3 > Bookname.mp3

Then I went to Itune and added that big MP3 file to my Library (Add to Library :))

When the Bookname.mp3 shows up under my Music, I right click on it, Get Info, Option and change the Music type to "AudioBook" type ...

That's it ..

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    This does not create chapters. Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 0:11

Audiobook Maker is free and open source for Mac.


I recommended Audiobook Builder for this question, and I'll do it again here. It costs 10USD, but is definitely worth it if you'll be creating more than a few audiobooks.


I just did this in Windows using Audiobook Creator. It appears to be free, but not open-source. Setup is a little wonky, but it works fine after that.

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