June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): How to Upload Audiobooks from CDs

Posted June 6, 2016 by Jennifer in JIAM | | 13 Comments



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June is Audiobook Month and we are celebrating for a 3rd year!

I’m kicking off the month a little early with a how-to post on getting those audiobook CDs onto your devices. Most you probably already know how to do this but for those audiobook newbies out there this post is for you.



Once the audiobook is on your phone (or any Apple device) you can find it in iBooks app. Once you’re in the app choose ‘Audiobooks’ and all the audiobooks you upload to your device will be there waiting for your listening enjoyment.

It’s that easy. And you can do this with those library audios you check out. {whispers} They’re yours to keep.

Sometimes you get audiobooks that’s on multi CDs. No problem. The process is a little longer but essentially the same.



I hope this how-to post makes your listening easier while on the go.

If you have any questions or other how-to videos you’d like to see just let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget it’s not too late to join the 2016 Audiobook Challenge.

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Since Anne wanted to know I thought I’d share the screen shot for everyone that might had the same question in her comment (below).

You can play your iTunes through the Audible app. Just switch from Device (which is your audios you’ve downloaded via Audible account) to iTunes. You can see my iTunes audios listed. BUT it doesn’t work so great for audios that you up loaded from more than one CD. The Audible app doesn’t keep the files in order. That’s why I listen to them via the iBook app instead.

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13 responses to “June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): How to Upload Audiobooks from CDs

  1. I don’t use Apple, but I tried playing around with this yesterday. My audiobook was on my Google Drive. Instead of being able to download folders into my Smart Audio app, I had to download them to my downloads folder then copy them over to a folder I made in the Smart Audio root directory. It would have been so much easier if I could have just directed my file downloads from Google drive to where I wanted them. It made getting the book where I wanted it kind of messy, so if you know of an easier way, I’m all ears! 🙂

    • If you have an android with an SD card it is a two step process. Right now Google Drive won’t download to expanded memory. It does suck. I zip them in Google Drive and then unzip on my expanded memory so that the download to my actual phone doesn’t take as much space.

  2. Thank you for this post! I’m a newbie to audiobooks and normally I get them from Overdrive and Audible.com. But I received my first disc to review and it took me a while to get it into iTunes. Next time I’ll know what to do lol.

  3. This is great. I do not use Apple products but do pretty much the same thing, I download audio CD, add it to my Audiobook files then connect my smartphone, copy it and open it using the Smart Audiobook App which I adore.

    • I like it better when the audio publishers have a download system vs the CDs but if you put a little work into loading them correctly then it’s like they were downloads. And getting CDs from the library are great because once you “rip” them you have them even after you return them.

  4. oh and what about CDs that are 10 discs like you play in the car CD player? Can they be put onto your iphone?

  5. Jennifer – ok this was new for me. I have few audiobooks I own and get most stuff from the library. I have itunes for music on my iphone. And I have a few free ibooks (I’ve never looked at any of them). I have a couple audible titles. Can you put things like this into audible so everything is together or any other application other than itunes? Anne