How to Split Audible Audiobooks by Chapters

Updated by Adam Gorden on May 8, 2023 6:00 PM.

Audible is the largest audiobook provider in the world. It offers all kinds of audiobooks from history to science, technology, classics, fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and much more. By installing the Audible app, usually, we can listen to Audible audiobooks on computers, mobile phones, and portable MP3 players with chapters. After stopping playing audiobooks, we can easily select a specific chapter or resume where we last left off to continue to enjoy the audiobooks next time.

When your player has a small storage, you may need to split the whole audiobook into pieces. Is there a way to split Audible books into chapters? The answer is positive. You can convert and split Audible files into chapters with 6 methods. Please just continue with me to find out the best solutions.

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Part 1. How to Download Chapters on Audible
Part 2. How to Convert Audible to MP3 with Chapters
     Method 1. Split Audible Audiobooks via ViWizard Audible Converterhot tip
     Method 2. Split Audible Audiobooks via ViWizard Audio Converter
Part 3. How to Record Audible Audiobooks with Chapters
Part 4. How to Split Unprotected Audible into Chapters
     Method 1. Cut Audible Audiobooks into Chapters with iTunes
     Method 2. Trim Audible Audiobooks into Chapters with VLC
Comparison of 6 Methods to Split Audiobooks

Part 1. Split Audible Audiobooks in Multiple Parts with Audible

Audible empowers users to divide audiobooks into several parts. But it is only workable for long audiobooks over 12 hours long. And the division is not by chapter. If you want to split Audible audiobooks by chapters when the books are shorter than 12 hours, go ahead to the second method. Now let's look at the operation steps on different devices with this Audible method.

On the Audible app for Android or iOS: Launch Audible on your device. Go to Settings found on the dropdown menu of the Profile icon. Select Data & Storage. Under the option Download By Parts, please tap Multi-Part.

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On the Audible app for Windows 10 below: Tap the Settings button and click the Downloads button. Then turn on the Download your library by parts switch.

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On the Audible web player: Navigate to Library on Click the Download button below the title. Some books will give you two options “Multi-Part” and “Single Part”. If not, it means this title only can be downloaded entirely.

Part 2. Split up an Audible Book into Chapters with Audible Converter

Although Audible offers the option for users to split audiobooks into multiple parts, it is really time-consuming and they are only playable on the Audible app. It supports dividing Audible audiobooks into parts, not chapters. And this feature is only accessible for audiobooks longer than 12 hours. Don't panic, this part will show you two fast way to convert Audible to MP3 with chapters.

Method 1. Split Audible Audiobooks via ViWizard Audible Converter

One option to split Audible books into chapters is to download the entire audiobook and use a special audiobook splitting tool to help you split all the audiobooks into chapters within a few clicks. Here I recommend the best audiobook splitter -- ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter. It can not only convert Audible to MP3 with chapters but also split Audible audiobooks into chapters effortlessly. Moreover, you have the freedom to change the volume, speed, pitch and tags to your heart's content. It runs on both Windows and Mac computers. Please simply download the free trial version to evaluate it.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter

  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible without account authorization
  • Convert Audible audiobooks to common formats at 100× faster speed
  • Freely customize lots of parameters like format, bit rate, and channel
  • Split audiobooks into small segments by time frame or by chapters
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Detailed Tutorial to Split Audible Audiobooks into Chapters

Some people find Audible chapters don't match. For this problem, you can use ViWizard to divide the Audible book into chapters again. ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter supports bulk converting technology. The processes to convert Audible files and keep Audible chapters are done simultaneously with 100X faster speed. Even if you have numerous files, they can be finished within a few minutes.

Step 1Import Audible Audiobooks to ViWizard

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In order to cut the Audible files into small pieces, you have to download Audible audiobooks first. After downloading, you can locate the Audible AAX or AA files from the Windows Explorer or Mac Finder and drag them to the ViWizard Audible Converter screen. Sure, you can click the upper left white Add Files icon to upload Audible files.

Step 2Split Audible Files by Chapters

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ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter offers many options for you to customize your Audible audiobooks such as splitting audible books, changing the output format, adjusting the playback parameters. To split the Audible AAX or AA files, you can click the Edit icon which looks like a pen. Then you can select to split files by time or chapter as you want under the Split page. Besides, ViWizard Audible AA/AAX Converter offers many output format options. You can convert Audible to MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, WAV, M4A, etc. Go to the Format button to choose a format for Audible books.

Step 3Convert the Audible Audiobooks

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Finally, you can click the Convert button to make all the changes take effect. It takes a few minutes only to convert couples of audiobook files effectively. When it is done, you will see all the audiobook chapters are split on the output folder you have selected. Or, you can go to the Converted interface to browse all your converted files. Thanks to its built-in player, you are allowed to listen to the converted audiobooks in the ViWizard.

Method 2. Split Audible Audiobooks via ViWizard Audio Converter

ViWizard Audio Converter is another smart tool provided by ViWizard. It can convert more than 100 audio formats including DRM-protected audiobooks, Audible AA/AAX audiobooks, iTunes M4P, Apple Music, as well as non-DRM audios to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and M4B. With its help, you can extract your desired parts or chapters of audiobooks and play them without any limits. Same as ViWizard Audible Converter, you can listen to converted audiobooks in ViWizard Audio Converter with 100% original quality. Likewise, it also offers features for you to explore, such as adjusting the volume, speed, and pitch, and editing tags. Just follow the below steps to make Audible into chapters.

Step 1Add Audible Files to ViWizard

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Fire up ViWizard Audio Converter. Click Add Files found at the top center to select and input your downloaded Audible books. Another easier way, drag Audible books you want to convert directly from your local file folder to the converter.

Step 2Split the Audiobook by Chapters

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To cut the long audiobook, just click the Edit button appearing rightmost in the title. Here tick the Split by chapters option. It also supports splitting all your imported audiobooks by clicking Apply to all. After setting that, click the Format panel at the bottom left corner. In the pop-up window, choose the output format and adjust other parameters including the bit rate, sample rate, channel, and codec.

Step 3Start to Convert Audible Books

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Now click the Convert to initiate the conversion of Audible books and then ViWizard Audio Converter will convert and save Audible book files to your computer. After conversion, you can view all the converted Audible audiobooks in the history list by clicking the Converted icon at the top of the converter.

Part 3. Record Audible Audiobooks with Chapters via Audacity

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio recorder. With its audio editing function, you also enjoy the feature of splitting audio. You can use Audacity to record your Audible titles when playing. And after recording, you can edit it on Audacity by following the step 2 and step 3 below. But the software is a little complicated for beginners and the output audios come with compression. See how to split Audible audiobooks into chapters via Audacity.

Step 1. Launch Audacity. Go to File > Open or select File > Import > Audio to upload your Audible titles into Audacity.

Step 2. Play the audiobook and determine the start and stop time. Below the Audio Position, you can edit the period by clicking End. To cut another next chapter, enter the timing you want to begin below Selection Start and choose the stop time.

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Step 3. Go to File > Export Selected Audio. On the new box, you are allowed to select the output format and storage location and rename it.

Part 4. Split Unprotected Audible into Chapters

This part will introduce two methods using two frequently used media players. Please note whether iTunes or VLC doesn't support Audible audiobooks because they are encoded in AA or AAX formats. For example, if you import the Audible files into iTunes or VLC, and then try to select the option - Convert to MP3 Version to split your audiobooks, you will be prompted the message that protected Audible files are not supported. That is to say, you need to apply ViWizard Audible Converter to help you remove the DRM technology and convert audiobooks to MP3 first.

Method 1.Cut Audible Audiobooks into Chapters with iTunes

iTunes is a well-known media player whether for Mac or Windows users. In addition to playing Audible books in iTunes, another good news is that iTunes allows you to split audiobooks into chapters. After using ViWizard Audible Converter to convert protected Audible titles to MP3, follow the detailed instructions to split an audiobook into chapters with iTunes.

Step 1. On the top menu of iTunes, click File and select Add File to Library/Add Folder to Library to import the converted Audible MP3 files or the folder. After that, your imported files will appear in the Recently Added tab of the Library pane.

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Step 2. Before splitting, you should decide the duration of the audiobook you want by playing it on iTunes. Right-click the audiobook and click Get Info and turn to the Options window. Enter the start time and stop time as you want. Don't forget to click OK to remember your adjustment.

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Step 3. Go back to the menu bar, and click Preference under the Edit menu. On the General Preferences, select Import Settings at the bottom right corner. Then set MP3 Encoder on the dropdown menu of Import Using, and click OK.

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Step 4. Click File > Convert > Create MP3 Version. This operation will create a new MP3 file you extracted from the audiobook. After performing, the new MP3 file will display in the Recently Added tab. And you can play this chapter on iTunes.

Method 2. Trim Audible Audiobooks into Chapters with VLC

VLC media player is a free and open-source, portable, cross-platform media player software. But only few people know the VLC media player has editing options. As we mentioned above, VLC doesn't support Audible AA/AAX formats. So you can draw support from ViWizard Audible Converter to remove the protection and convert them to a supported format of VLC, such as MP3.

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player. Drag and drop the MP3 file into VLC. Or, click Media > Open File.

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Step 2. Drag the progress bar to set the beginning point of your wanted part. Then click on the red Record button and play the audio.

Step 3. Click on the red Record button again when it reaches the point where you want the audio clip to cease. VLC will cut and export the MP3 files to the path by default: C:\Users\Your_Computer_NAME\Music or MyMusic.

Comparison of 6 Methods to Split Audiobooks

After knowing the above 6 ways to split Audible audiobooks by chapters, here we show a table so that you can quickly make a decision to choose which is most suitable for you.

  Input Format for Audible Conversion Speed Split by Chapters Automatically Change Audiobooks' Volume and Speed Lossless Quality Simplicity
Audible Audible Library Slow x ☆☆☆☆☆
ViWizard Audible Converter Audible AA/AAX audiobooks 100× ☆☆☆☆☆
ViWizard Audio Converter Audible AA/AAX audiobooks 30× ☆☆☆☆☆
Audacity MP3 x x ☆☆
iTunes MP3 x x x ☆☆☆
VLC MP3 x x x ☆☆☆


Compared with the above 6 methods, the second one is so easy, right? By splitting the long audiobooks into small chapters or segments with ViWizard Audible Converter, it will help you remove the hassle of playing audiobooks in limited storage players and you can easily forward or backward to select the chapter you want to play. What's more, you don't need to worry about the limitation of Audible books. Just play the new audiobooks on any devices you have. Believe it or not, this is the fastest and easiest I have ever found. Any users including green hands can split Audible audiobooks like a pro as long as getting the ViWizard Audible Converter. If you still haven't tried this fantastic converter yet. Why not just download it to have a try?

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