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August 19, 2015

Listening to audiobooks on your iPhone

Yes, you can listen to your audiobooks on your iPhone. I do it all of the time. But you have to do a few tricks to get it to work.

First of all, you will need the app iBooks. Up until recently, audiobooks were considered sort of a type of music to Apple, and then they decided that they were books. So the app that plays them is the same app that you use to read books, not Music.

So, if you're like me, and have audiobooks in your iTunes library, yes, you can listen to them on your iPhone. But, unfortunately, they aren't treated like music. So even if you have your music in the Cloud, your books won't be there. So this is what you need to do:

• Sync your iPhone just like you used to do with your iPod. That is, plug it in, and look at its contents in iTunes. Then you will need to copy the books onto your phone. Audiobooks are DRM protected, so yeah, you gotta do this. Don't click "sync everything" as your iPhone simply doesn't have that much space. Besides, you don't need to copy music, or videos, onto your phone, they're in the cloud. You just need to sync your audiobooks.

• Open iBooks. If you're like me, and you don't read on your iPhone, you can display just audiobooks.

The iBooks app on your iPhone works great with audiobooks. They've even added a sleep timer, which is nice if you like to fall asleep listening to books, which I do.

By the way, when a call comes in, the book is silenced, and resumes when you hang up. Nice.

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