How to rip an audiobook CD to an iPod

Donald Bell shows you how to use iTunes for transferring a multiple-CD audiobook to your iPod, while keeping tracks and chapters in their correct order.

As an English major with a tech job, I feel a little guilty not jumping onto the e-book and Kindle bandwagon. I love books, but I'm just too cheap to justify an e-book reader and too lazy to believe I would use it. Nope, until they find a way to upload books directly to my brain, my format of choice is the audiobook.

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The only problem I have with audiobooks is that they're expensive, especially if you're downloading them online at $15-$25 a pop. To cut expenses, audiobook fans will often stick with CDs--trading them with each other, loaning them from local libraries, or signing up for a subscription service.

But if you've ever tried to transfer a multi-CD audiobook onto an iPod, you've probably run into problems such as chapters playing out of order, mislabeled or missing files, or just a generally messy experience. There's no foolproof way to get a multi-CD audiobook onto an iPod, but there's certainly a few tips and tricks that can make the experience smoother.

To help you through the process, I've put together a slideshow and video tutorial with all my favorite tips for getting audiobooks CDs into iTunes and on to the iPod.

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