How Do I Add an Audio Book to My iPod Nano?

By Mario Calhoun

Audiobooks that are on a CD or downloaded from the iTunes store can be transferred to your iPod nano through automatic or manual media synchronization in the iTunes program. If your audiobook is on a CD the iTunes program will import each chapter as a track, which can then be synced to your iPod Nano. Purchased audiobooks are stored in the "Books" or "Audiobooks" section of iTunes, and can be found in the audiobooks section on your iPod Nano.

Things You'll Need

  • ITunes 7.5 or later
  • IPod cable

Import audio book from CD

Step 1

Insert the audio book CD into your optical drive, and open the iTunes program on your computer.

Step 2

Click the CD icon in the iTunes source list, and hold down the "Shift" key while clicking the CD's tracks to highlight the entire track list. Click "Advanced" at the top of the iTunes menu, and click "Join CD Tracks" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click "Advanced" on the iTunes menu, and select "Submit CD Track Names." Enter the author's name in the "Arist" field and the book's title in the "Album" field. Type "Audiobook" in the "Genre" field and click "OK." Click "Books & Spoken" in the CD Category window, and click "OK."

Step 4

Click the "Import CD" button in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window to import your audiobook to iTunes. Plug the iPod cable into the bottom of the iPod Nano and your computer's available USB port. Select the "iPod Nano" tab in the iTunes source list once your computer detects the iPod Nano.

Step 5

Click the "Music" tab in the main iTunes window, and select "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, and genres." If the latter sync setting is selected, check the box next to the author's name in the "Artists" section." Click "Apply" to sync the audiobook.

Step 6

Select the "Eject" icon on the iPod Nano tab in the iTunes source list to disconnect the device from your computer.

Add purchased audiobook to iPod Nano

Step 1

Open the iTunes program on your computer, and insert the iPod cable into the bottom of the iPod Nano and the computer's USB port.

Step 2

Click the "iPod Nano" tab in the iTunes source list, and click the "Books" tab in the main iTunes window.

Step 3

Check the box next to "Sync Audiobooks" and select either "All audiobooks" or "Selected audiobooks." If "Selected audiobooks" is checked, check the box next to the audiobook you wish to transfer to the iPod Nano and click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the iTunes window.

Step 4

Click the "Eject" icon on the "iPod Nano" tab under the "Devices" section in the iTunes source list.