How To Manage an Audiobook Collection In macOS Catalina

With the Books app taking over audiobooks in macOS Catalina, a lot of Mac users are upset that it doesn't handle large collections very well. You have no option to store your audiobooks on an external drive. However, you can still keep a large audiobook collection by managing the files yourself outside of Books, and only brining in the books you wish to listen to at the moment. Audible users may find it better to simply use the Auible iPhone app instead.

Comments: 5 Responses to “How To Manage an Audiobook Collection In macOS Catalina”

    PJ
    4 weeks ago

    Superb episode. And yes, Apple needs to allow the Books app to store its content on an external drive, and to allow editing of audiobook metadata

    I do like the solution at the end of your video with Audible, but for those of us with many audiobooks not purchased from Audible, there is no easy way to move an audiobook from Mac into Audible, then listen to the book using Audible on an iOS device.

    Hal Plimpton
    4 weeks ago

    I also listen to a number of audio books via Kindle App. Are there any added considerations for Kindle or would this follow same logic that you have outlined using the Audible app?

    4 weeks ago

    Hal: Haven’t used the Kindle app for this so I can’t really say. If you get your books from Audible (Amazon, I realize) then use the Audible app. If you get them as non-Audible audiobooks via Amazon, then maybe the Kindle app is your best bet.

    John Tomlinson
    4 weeks ago

    Under Mojave, I have filed hundreds of audiobooks as “Music,” storing the tracks as .mp3 “Songs.” My iTunes library is on an external drive. Will Catalina allow me to continue ignoring the Audiobooks option, and treat audiobook tracks as songs?

    4 weeks ago

    John: I didn’t try that, so I can’t say for certain. But if they are “music” then they should just appear in the Music app like any song.

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