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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I saw that Amazon has some audio books on MP3 CDs. This seems to be an excellent use for the format. But the selection they had was small and unappealing. Does anyone know of a better source for these?
post #2 of 11
Try www.audible.com

Register and they'll let you get quite a bit of stuff for free. They'll also send you a number of specials for a buck or two.

They recently added a feature to their "listener" software that allows you to burn the audio onto CD's. I could never get it to work on my home system and their tech support wasn't much help. So what I do now is play the audiobook overnight and record it with media jukebox. Then I can burn the whole book onto a single cd. Works out great with my slimX.

Actually, I just remembered they have a referral program so If you join up and want to use my ID, just PM me and I'll send it to you.

bj
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I'll be checking it out.
post #4 of 11
Of course there is the obvious way to get lots of MP3 audiobooks....make your own!!!

I purchased the complete unabridged "Lord of the Rings" audiobook on (regular) CDs. It added up to a total of over 40 CDs!!! I just ripped them, with EAC, and encoded them, with LAME, at 64kbs. This is probably overkill for voice, but what the hey, they sound great. This lets me condense the complete trilogy down to a few mp3 discs. I have also recorded books on tape to wav files through my soundcard and then encoded them into mp3. It is a bit of effort but once it is done, it is much more convenient to have the compressed versions.

Try it, you'll like it!

-Z
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
I checked out audible.com
It wasn't clear to me, but are they using some propriatary file format, not MP3? Will their stuff work in MP3 CD players?
post #6 of 11
No, it's not MP3. They have a number of formats and if one of them works in your player, they should list it on the site. As I mentioned before, I record them on my system to mp3 format and burn them onto a cd. Works well for me.

I also noticed they don't have free stuff like they used to. Too bad.
bj
post #7 of 11
Buy a program called goldwave. It will convert the audible files into mp3. I often do this so that i can load my audible.com books onto my minidisc player, using the nero method, LP4. Ive tried audible's burning software, but often the cd's skip. I use my mindisc for playback simply because of the battery life when i'm traveling.

I've found that mp3 players just do'nt cut it for me anymore.
Hope this helps.
post #8 of 11
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Originally posted by orl2222
Buy a program called goldwave. It will convert the audible files into mp3. I often do this so that i can load my audible.com books onto my minidisc player, using the nero method, LP4. Ive tried audible's burning software, but often the cd's skip. I use my mindisc for playback simply because of the battery life when i'm traveling.

I've found that mp3 players just do'nt cut it for me anymore.
Hope this helps.
I have an old version of Goldwave, and a lot of audible.com books. How do you convert to regular mp3 from format 1 or 4?
post #9 of 11
It should work on an older version of goldwave. Open up goldwave, go to file, then batch conversion. A box will appear to ad files.select all files. From there you can decide which bit rate suites you best. I do believe that goldwave offers free updates. From the you can use a number of mp3 splitters if your files are still too big. I use unpuck which is freeware. Hope this helps.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
audiobooksforfree.com has a great free download of The Godfather. Free version is low quality, but good quality is just a couple bucks.
post #11 of 11
Audible.com is a great deal, for about $13 a month I get two books, of ANY price. Some tape books are like $70. The downloadable audio.com books vary in price. You can get a $34 pair of books for the $13 or so. Your first two books are "free".
I use a couple of RIO500's to play them, one with 64mb and 128mb.

One thing though, a format 4 book (about 32kbps MP3 with special coding) can take up a big chunk of time downloading, like 12 hours on a 24kbps connection. Broadband is fast.
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