I did not realize iTunes could rip into the Audiobook format. Are you sure you are ripping them to an Audiobook file?
Also, are you on a Mac or a PC? I am on a mac and I had a bunch of Audiobooks I had ripped to MP3 format. Each chapter was a separate MP3. I got a program called Audiobook Builder
where I dragged and dropped all the chapters into the program, along with the cover art, and it spit out a single Audiobook file, which automatically went into iTunes' Audiobook section. I can select each chapter within the single file, AND it saves it's spot if I decide to listen to something else.
Here's what you can do if you have a bunch of chapters as individual MP3s (if that's what's happening... your post is a little unclear):
- Highlight all the chapters, right click on them, and click Get Info...
- In the Info tab, fill out the Artist with the Author's name. Album with the name of the Book.
- Make sure the track numbers area is filled out correctly, with the number of chapters on each disc filled out.
- If the book spans multiple discs, make sure you list how many discs there are, and which disc these chapters are on.
- Get the cover image of the Audiobook from Google or Amazon, and then click/drag the artwork into the artwork section.
- Go to the Options tab and make sure Media Kind is set as Audiobook.
- In Remember Position, make sure it's set to yes.
- Skip when shuffling, yes. You don't wanna hear a random chapter from the book being played when you have shuffle on.
- Gapless album, yes. Let's it know these tracks were all meant to be played without any interruptions.
Hit okay. That's all I can think of to solve your issue.
The PC has a piece of software called MP3 to iPod Audiobook Converter
which is free and apparently works really well turning multiple MP3 chapters into one single Audiobook file. The only downside is that it doesn't retain the chapters.
Good luck, lemme know if there's anything I can do to help more.