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Old 01-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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I know I risk being flamed but I would like to ask about audio books. I have calibre for all my e books on my Sony 505. It is such a great programme. I would like to have the same facilities for all my audio books.

Does anyone know of a software programme that does the same job as Calibre but works on audio books?

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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Lots of audiobook lovers here. I just store mine in iTunes.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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Lots of audiobook lovers here. I just store mine in iTunes.
Yes - iTunes is an excellent "manager" for audiobooks. That's what I use, too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:45 PM   #4
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yeah, I use iTunes too. My only complaint is that it points to the files, rather than creating its own database like calibre does, and sometimes it loses the connection, and I have to go hunting for the files and re-load them again. Other that that, it works fine. Of course, I (and husband) use iPods to listen to our audiobooks (and podcasts).
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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I listen to audiobooks on my ipods, so I use iTunes as well. I have thought about adding them as empty books in calibre, for the metadata, but haven't done so yet.

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yeah, I use iTunes too. My only complaint is that it points to the files, rather than creating its own database like calibre does, and sometimes it loses the connection, and I have to go hunting for the files and re-load them again. Other that that, it works fine. Of course, I (and husband) use iPods to listen to our audiobooks (and podcasts).
iTunes will create its own copy of the file if you tell it to. Look under the advanced tab in preferences. The file will then be copied into the iTunes folder.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:05 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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iTunes will create its own copy of the file if you tell it to. Look under the advanced tab in preferences. The file will then be copied into the iTunes folder.

That's good to know - my audiobooks seem to be put all over my computer, as I changed my filing system from one year to the next, so really, I have no system at all except to put my Audible books into a folder called, simply, Audible.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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I listen to audiobooks on my ipods, so I use iTunes as well. I have thought about adding them as empty books in calibre, for the metadata, but haven't done so yet.
I use both iTunes and calibre. Many of the audiobooks I listen to are library loans, so I create empty books in calibre to keep track of what I've listened to.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:50 PM   #10
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Me too! A great free program. It does podcasts too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #11
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:11 PM   #12
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Most of my audiobooks are borrowed from the library. I use the iPod Touch Overdrive app to listen to them, (awesome app for audiobooks!) then delete them as soon as I am done with them. The WAV files get transfered to my iPods (mostly the nano) as well, then removed. I try to avoid those, since the audio quality is horrible and the transfer too much of a hassle.

I have a few audible books as well, since I got them for a special price along with my kindle books, and use the audible app for them.

In order to track what I listened to, I add them all to my Goodreads book lists.
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(awesome app for audiobooks!)
It is except you're limited to MP3 audiobooks only. My library only has about 4,000 MP3 titles while they have voer 13,000 WMA titles.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:26 PM   #14
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^ Microsoft is to audiobooks what Adobe is to ebookss: A major pain in the butt!

My libraries have most of what I want in MP3, luckily, and the rest gets loaded to my iPods via USB accompanied by a lot of cursing.

ETA: I can't even see how many WMVs my libraries have - I guess Overdrive does not want me to know if I browse from an iPad- how idiotic is this?!

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It is except you're limited to MP3 audiobooks only. My library only has about 4,000 MP3 titles while they have voer 13,000 WMA titles.
This is why I own a Sansa Clip Zip. My libraries own mostly WMA books.
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