How to Unzip Files on Your Computer
Adding Your MP3 Audiobook to iTunes on Your Computer
Getting the Audiobook to Show Up in iTunes Books

How to Unzip Files on Your Computer

Files you download from the Internet are often compressed or zipped so that they take up less space and arrive much faster than files that haven’t been compressed. You can easily identify compressed files by their extensions, such as .zip (a common standard used in OS X and Windows). Before you can use these files, you must unzip them.

  1. Double Click the file you have just downloaded with .zip extension.
    • If you have Windows and do not already have a program on your computer for unzipping files, you can download 7-Zip here FREE: http://www.7-zip.org/. install the app, then right-click on the zip file.
    • If you have an Apple computer, Apple used to include a program called StuffIt Expander to decompress zipped files, but doesn’t now that OS X lets you unzip files.
  2. Find the folder where the files were unzipped. It will typically be called the same thing as the .zip file (but without the .zip extension) and be located in the same location where the .zip file was downloaded

Adding Your MP3 Audiobook to iTunes on Your Computer

This article is reproduced from an Apple Support Instruction

iTunes helps you add digital audio and video files on your computer directly to your iTunes library. You can add audio files that are in AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, or Audible.com (.aa) format. If you have unprotected WMA content, iTunes for Windows can convert these files to one of these formats. You can also add video content in QuickTime or MPEG-4 format to iTunes. To learn how to add these files to iTunes follow the steps below.

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Configure Optimal iTunes Import Settings for Audiobooks using instructions found on Aldoblog
  3. From the Filemenu, choose one of the following choices:
    • Mac
      • Add to Library
    • Windows
      • Add File to Library
      • Add Folder to Library
  4. Navigate to and select the file or folder that you want to add (this is where you unzipped the downloaded folder)

If iTunes is set to “Copy files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library,” iTunes will copy all content that is added to the iTunes library to the iTunes Music folder. To adjust this setting or change the location of this folder, go to the Advanced tab in iTunes Preferences.

Getting the Audiobook to Show Up in iTunes Books

When you import your Audiobook in MP3 format into iTunes, it will not show up under ‘Books’ in the Library list in iTunes. To have the Audiobook show up in your ‘Books’, do the following:

  1. Type the book’s title into the iTunes search field. Your goal is to have a window which shows all of the imported tracks, and nothing else.
  2. Select all of the tracks for the audiobook by pressing Command + A (for Apple) or Conrol + A (for Windows).
  3. From the File menu, choose Get Info (or press Command-I) to open the Multiple Item Information window:
  4. Switch to the Options panel, and select Audiobook for the Media Kind.

    Setting the Media Kind to Audiobook tells iTunes to move the tracks to the Books source list, and also to treat the tracks differently. The selected tracks will appear in the Books source list, and be excluded from music-specific behaviors. Audiobook tracks also use separate sync settings for your iPhone or iPod, which you set in the Sync Audiobooks section of theBooks tab for your device.The other two settings enabled here are automatically set by the change to Media Kind, but it doesn’t hurt to proactively set them. Remember position tells iTunes and the iPod to make the file bookmarkable. Skip when shuffling keeps spoken word tracks out of your music mixes, where it would probably interrupt the mood. Click OK.
  5. All of the tracks will vanish—don’t panic! Click on the Books source list in the left sidebar of iTunes, and search for your book’s title again. You may have to click on Audiobooks. You should once again see a list of the book’s tracks.