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Post Posted:: December 10th, 2017, 5:21 pm 

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First I wish to thank the readers and other individuals that have created and maintained the Librivox website. I have downloaded several books and I appreciate them. One thing I do not like are the long tracks (sometimes 30 minutes or more); I prefer audio-books with 5 minute tracks.

One issue with long tracks: if you accidentally turn-off your mp3 player, or accidentally push a wrong button, you are forced to start the track over again from the beginning. This is very frustrating if you are near the end of a very long track (e.g., 20 minutes into a 30-minute track). I have failing eyesight -- so I often push the wrong button at the wrong time.

I have developed a relatively simple and fast method of converting your books to have flawless 5-minute mp3 tracks using a few freeware applications. The tracks are approximately 5-minutes, not exactly 5-minutes (as required to prevent word-breaks or other distortions). It took a significant amount of time to test freeware applications and select those that worked (most of the mp3 tool freeware applications are bug-ridden or limited -- thus unusable). If anyone is interested I can provide full details (the method allows the user to set the track duration in increments of minutes; e.g., 3, or 4, or 5, or 6, etc., minutes per track).

In addition your mp3 Tag information is typically incomplete and/or incorrect. As a final step in revising the tracks I use the excellent German freeware application MP3Tag to make corrections.

Post Posted:: December 10th, 2017, 6:14 pm 
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I guess it depends on how you listen. I always use the M4B files - but that seems to only work on iThings. It bookmarks several books at a time if needed
And having all 5 minute tracks would increase the number of disclaimer.
Whenever preferred file lengths have been discussed with listeners about 30 minutes seems to be popular but I suspect it depends on the type of project and the type of listener


Our objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. - Hugh McGuire.

Post Posted:: December 11th, 2017, 1:26 pm 

Joined: January 10th, 2015, 9:56 am
Posts: 1591
Thanks you. It must be a matter of personal preference as I don't like unnecessarily split chapters. You can download any number of apps that will "remember" your last place for android phones. These also allow the use of m4b files. I use Smart AudioBook. Which cost $2.

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